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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-19-2005, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

The stock VN750 has 32-degrees of rake in the neck. I'm interested in adding about another 8-degrees to set the front tire out further in the front on longer fork tubes.

Anyone have any experience with a modified VN750 neck rake, or a VN750 chopper? Seems like just about any frame can be raked, but I don't see many 750cc models that have been customized this way. I don't know if the interest is just not there, or if it's not worth the difficulty on this frame.

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Re: Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

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The stock VN750 has 32-degrees of rake in the neck. I'm interested in adding about another 8-degrees to set the front tire out further in the front on longer fork tubes.

Anyone have any experience with a modified VN750 neck rake, or a VN750 chopper? Seems like just about any frame can be raked, but I don't see many 750cc models that have been customized this way. I don't know if the interest is just not there, or if it's not worth the difficulty on this frame.

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Personally, I would never consider this. For me, the 750 has a very nice geometry...perfect rake vs trail. Stability on the highway and decently responsive steering. I like to lean, and I think those dudes on choppers are missing a very important part of the moto experience....
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Re: Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

I believe it has been done. And it is currently a work in progress. The person that was foing it has not yet posted the details of thier mod.

Here is a picture he posted:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/kcster...8f.jpg&.src=ph

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Re: Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

RB,

I can't really tell from the angle of the photo, whether he raked the frame or used a raked tree, or both. It will be interesting to find out more about it. Hopefully, I'll get some additional feedback on it from the builder. Thanks for directing me to it.

jm1515 is right about the geometry of the VN750 being great. It's a well balanced bike just the way it sets. I have a 1990 model project bike that I want to create a retro-style chopper out of, and I am considering the possibility of raking the neck on it. I've always wanted a small chopper like I used to see back in the 60's and 70's, but I like the VN750 so well that I don't want to go to a different model to get it.

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Hey fellow Okie from Claremore OK. I have been interested in doing the same thing. I thought that I would put a set of 11.5" shocks on rear (which would drop it an inch) then cut the neck loose and rack it till the bike was parallel with the ground again. My neighbor did this to his Honda then turned it to a rigid. Turned out awesome and the way he redid the neck it is stronger then the factories.

Looking at the pictures referred to by Red Baron it looks like he cut the front frame rails then pieced his own back in. I would be interested in more information so if the guy is willing to share please let me know.
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Re: Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

SlaterVN750,

Hi neighbor! Are you planning on doing the neck rake yourself, or is there someone up around Claremore that does it for hire?
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If I decide to rake it out I would have my neighbor do it since he has done his own (a Honda) and several others. He is good with metal and seems to know how to weld pretty good, as far as doing it for someone else I don't know if he would. I will try to get with him and if he is interested I'll get his e-mail and pass it on to you.
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If you have him do it, make sure and post some pics! I would love to see what it looks like.

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Re: Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

If you are really getting into this customization, you might want to join this yahoo group:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Metric-Choppers/

It's small and it has been quiet until recently, and activity is picking up now.

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I can't really tell from the angle of the photo, whether he raked the frame or used a raked tree, or both. It will be interesting to find out more about it. Hopefully, I'll get some additional feedback on it from the builder. Thanks for directing me to it.

jm1515 is right about the geometry of the VN750 being great. It's a well balanced bike just the way it sets. I have a 1990 model project bike that I want to create a retro-style chopper out of, and I am considering the possibility of raking the neck on it. I've always wanted a small chopper like I used to see back in the 60's and 70's, but I like the VN750 so well that I don't want to go to a different model to get it.

CD in Anadarko, OK

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Re: Anybody Rake the Neck on a VN750?

Thanks Red. I'll watch the conversations for a while.

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