Greetings, all. I've owned a 2005 VN750 for about a year now. It's been a good bike and I've enjoyed it a bunch, but have gone back and forth about trading it up for something a bit bigger.
Bottom line is that I can't deny the essential goodness of this machine...it's pretty nearly perfect in size and comfort for me. At the International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo, CA yesterday, I had an opportunity to sit on and examine many motos to see if there was something I'd like to upgrade to, but I didn't really find much in the Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha lineup. The BMW types were pretty much walking around with their noses in the air, but their bikes aren't really much more technically. I mean...I already have a motorcycle with a DOHC, V-twin, liquid-cooled engine, 5-speed transmission and shaft drive already...I own it free and clear and I sure didn't pay anything close to what they're getting for a basic BMW F800 these days...The bottom line is that the only machine that really fits me and worked in terms of size, ,cost, mileage, range and comfort were the Kawasaki 900s, specifically the 900 Custom, which really floats my boat. It's a great machine and very comfortable....
But then, I rode my VN750 today, and it's just good all over. I'm keeping it.
Anyway (boy did I get off track there!!), I'd like to set up the VN750 for a little longer range work. Here are my thoughts on doing so:
Windshield/Fairing I have the little Vulcan sport shield on the bike and it's fine for little jaunts, but it doesn't really keep the wind off me on the highway, so I'm thinking about replacing it with a National Cycle Plexifairing III.
Floorboards The stock footpegs are not bad, but floorboards would allow me to shift foot position once in awhile, which I think is important. I think I can replace the pegs with Kuryakn boards using a Kuryakn adapter made for this purpose. An alternate idea might be the Jardine boards and forward controls, but that ends up costing about $600.
Cruise control I can go with a throttle lock or a throttle lever...haven't decided yet.
Bags I like the Kuryakn or First Gear nylon throwovers.
Luggage rack/tail bag The stock luggage rack is apparently still available from Kawasaki. It's fairly small, but I don't think there are many other options. Anyone know of any? I'd pair this up with a Kuryakn Tour Trunk.
Seat/driver backrests The stock seat is actually pretty good, but the Russell DayLong looks VERY comfortable. I also like the ProTac driver backrest.
Engine guard This is also a Kaw accessory part which is still available from Kaw. Looks like a good place to mount highway pegs.
Anyway, it's be great if you feel like commenting about any or all of the above regarding my making the VN750 into a mini-tourer...Got any other ideas or some knowledge about any of these mods? Let me know...
Last edited by gumshoe4; 11-17-2007 at 07:53 PM.