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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lightbulb A few dumb questions??

First off, Hello. I love this site

Now for some stupid questions that I could probably answer myself if I looked hard enough.

1. I stuffed marbles in the reed valve hoses. I'm sure I did that right, but is that all or do I need to plug something else. The thread about it was all very confusing to me.

2. Why are the OEM turn signals so expencive? Something special? (BTW I'll be listing mine on ebay in a week or so..my ebay name is the same as my user name.

3. Since this bike was manufactued and stayed the same for so long, and it seems to be pretty popular, why aren't there any more aftermarket goodies than there are?

Thanks in advance!
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1. That is all you need to do.

(You might want to back out the airscrews some)

2. OEM ANYTHING IS EXPENSIVE ...compared to aftermarket stuff. It is how it is........

3. Although they did produce the 750 for many years, my thinking is total sales for each year is the guide aftermarket parts folks look at, and the VN750 numbers do not compare as well. Now that it is a discontinued bike, no one is likely to offer stuff for it.
You can still however find some original accessories, and now and then find other stuff for sale on ebay.
(read the fine print and ask here first...alot of times parts on ebay do not fit our bike although the ad says it does..)

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3. Although they did produce the 750 for many years, my thinking is total sales for each year is the guide aftermarket parts folks look at, and the VN750 numbers do not compare as well. Now that it is a discontinued bike, no one is likely to offer stuff for it.
You can still however find some original accessories, and now and then find other stuff for sale on ebay.
(read the fine print and ask here first...alot of times parts on ebay do not fit our bike although the ad says it does..)

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Very true. Add to the fact that when the VN750 first hit market in 1985, there was not a big aftermarket market. The aftermarket got huge in the late 1990's and on. By that time, the aftermarket manufacturers were looking at the "new" cruisers like the VN800's and VN1500's and the other brands. Because the VN750 was already a 10+ year old model, it was expected to be discontinued around 1996 or so. And since the average aftermarket parts buyer was riding a new model, at least in their eyes, they didn't want to put forth the R&D and tooling capital in making aftermarket accessories for the bikes from the 1980's.

Now, a company named Highway Hawk was quite sucessful in this niche market with parts for a lot of the 80's era bikes like the VN750, the Virago's and the early Honda cruisers. They put out a ton of accessories and for a while had a good distribution network in the States. But as is the way with a lot of companies, they were accquired by a bigger company and mismanaged into the ground. Now, any company calling themselves Highway Hawk is but a shadow of it's former self. Some of the parts are still available but come at a premium. At one time, I had almost every VN750 part that Highway Hawk offered on my scoot.

These days, most of us make our own parts or modify something that was originally designed for a Harley or "big metric" cruiser.


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after i marbled, i plugged the vacum hose that goes to the carb. I dont exactly remember the size but want to say 1/8". I remember that the line goes from the "octupus" (evaporater i think is its name) where the reed hoses go to under the rear of the tank. If you follow the smallest hose from that it should lead you to the vacum on the carb. Again this is from my memory and it has been a while.
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after i marbled, i plugged the vacum hose that goes to the carb. I dont exactly remember the size but want to say 1/8". I remember that the line goes from the "octupus" (evaporater i think is its name) where the reed hoses go to under the rear of the tank. If you follow the smallest hose from that it should lead you to the vacum on the carb. Again this is from my memory and it has been a while.
That "octupus" is the air switch, and the vac hose goes between it and the right (rear) carb. Simple way to plug it is cut it off about an inch from the carb, and screw a small machine screw into the hose stub. Or use a vacuum cap on the carb nipple.

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Embrey, to answer your third question, in the world of cruisers, I think it's largely a matter of demographics. Or more specifically, bike demographics.

I've read elsewhere on the internet that the really good profit margin bikes are the 800cc and up machines.

So the aftermarket crowd invests their money in....you guessed it, the higher-profit machines.

Notice that virtually all cruisers below 800cc, whether they're 10 years old or not, are treated as orphans by the aftermarket folks--and not just our bike.

There are exceptions to this, of course.

The Honda Shadow VLX 600 seems to get treated ok. Also, Honda's Shadow 750. Ditto for Yamaha's 650 V-Star cruiser.

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after i marbled, i plugged the vacum hose that goes to the carb. I dont exactly remember the size but want to say 1/8". I remember that the line goes from the "octupus" (evaporater i think is its name) where the reed hoses go to under the rear of the tank. If you follow the smallest hose from that it should lead you to the vacum on the carb. Again this is from my memory and it has been a while.
Is this required or just an option? What does it do?
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met?

verrrry interrrrrest
ing, haven't met but he does look familiar
, sort of a hulky guy dont you think?
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The thread I read about marbling said to do so, again I dont recall if it explained why. I did it cause...why not. If it is important or not, I dont know but you can do a screw in the hose until a permenant fix can be done. I marbled until I got my coasters from ebay (about 6 months). The kit I bought had a vacum plug included so it seems that it is protocol.
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verrrry interrrrrest
ing, haven't met but he does look familiar
, sort of a hulky guy dont you think?
Of course that would have to make his real name Nick, and I would love to see a pic of him on a vulcan 750 LOL That'd be cool

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