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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question I might be trading for a 07 Vulcan 750 12k miles. Help pls NOOB

I don't even have a license yet but I'm trying to trade for my first bike.

What do I need to look and listen for? The bike is a a local shop and the owner wants some firearms of mine
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I think you mean 2006... That was the last year they were made lol.

Go over this thread. Look for any leaks and listen for really loud clicking/chattering noises at idle (could be cam chains/adjusters). Ask if the splines are lubed up or if they have to be done. Put the bike on the center stand and rev the snot out of it, if it vibrates like crazy and starts shimmying around the floor the balance dampers need to be replaced. Hop on and squeeze the front brake then try to push the bike forward hard, if there is any issue with the forks you should be able to get a good idea by doing this. Then release the brake and roll forwards and test that front brake to make sure it is firm and not spongy.

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it's actually an 05 i for some reason was thinking it was an 07 lol. Can the baffles be removed or drilled on these?

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take a volt meter with you, check battery terminals for 12 [email protected] then between 13.6-14.5 [email protected]'s, if it stays @ 12 [email protected] walk away

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Yes baffles can be removed. I chose to degoat and put Sportster muffs on mine. I think they look and sound much better than stock.

I agree, take a look at the charging system before plunking down some $$. If at a dealer, see if they offer any type of warranty.


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@ 12 [email protected] walk away ? why??
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" Can the baffles be removed or drilled on these? "


That actually made me laugh out loud. Sorry. Of all the questions I'd think a new rider/owner would ask about a bike and that was your second question.
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well i'm a metal worker and i like to tinker hahaha also like loud bikes
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@ 12 [email protected] walk away ? why??
If its only getting 12V at 4,000 rpm, then the charging system is messed up. Possibly requiring a new stator, which requires the engine to be pulled from the frame to replace.

......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.

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If its only getting 12V at 4,000 rpm, then the charging system is messed up. Possibly requiring a new stator, which requires the engine to be pulled from the frame to replace.
X2 every machine has a weak point and on our bikes (VN750) the stator is the weakest link. Just like a car alternator but a major job to replace.

People have been known to charge the battery up with a charger before selling the bike to someone. Since the bike can start and run about 15 miles on battery power alone the "buyer" doesn't know there's a problem until they've gotten the bike home and ridden a few miles.

While there are several ways to test the stator the easiest way is to take a 10mm socket wrench with an extension and remove the seat with by opening the tool box behind the seat and unbolting the 2 small bolts that hold the seat in place revealing the battery which is under the seat. Lift the set out (this all takes 1 minute) to do this. Start the bike in neutral and while 1 person keeps the throttle / engine at 3000+ rpm put a voltage meter on the battery. If at 3000 rpm you don't see at least 14v walk away.

Realize that at 1000 rpm the voltage may be as low as 11.8v but when the engine is reving the voltage should go up.

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