2000 VN 750 Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
I had the same situation and nothing worked except using a small automatic center punch to put a tiny dimple between the center hole (for the allen wrench or Phillips slot) and the outer edge of the head. Do this on a slight angle so that you can use a regular center punch in that dimple and tap it with a hammer to drive it in the proper direction for removal of the bolt. You do not need to go too deep with the dimple but just enough to get a good "footing" for the regular driving punch. I had tried six different penetrating oils, a hand held impact driver, Phillips head tip held tight with two clamps and a wrench on the tip shaft plus countless other methods I can't even remember right now. I replaced the screws with flat allen head socket screws and some never seize goop to avoid future problems. During my preseason bike check up I pop them out and dab a fresh blob on them again after a good cleaning. Good luck and take your time when attempting this initial removal.
and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.
New ride: 2009 Victory Vision Arlen Ness Signature Series