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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-27-2008, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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How do you like the 750 on the highway?

I'm considering getting a 750 and I was curious what you guys that ride them think about their performance on the highway. I used to have a Suzuki Volusia 800 and it was great around town, but when I got out on the highway above 60-65 mph, it was a really high revving bike. I was always wanting to hit another gear. I liked the bike, but that was the main reason I sold it. I generally don't ride faster than around 70-75 however. It's hard to have the best of both worlds in an around town bike and also good for the open road. My 1500 will really get with it on the open road, but not as fun as a smaller bike around town (which is where I've been spending more and more of my time). My interest in the 750 is that I'm looking for a good all around bike (if there is one). I know they all have their positives and negatives. I'm really interested in hearing your personal experiences with the bike if you will share them. Thanks
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Chuckster,

I have taken my vn750 from Massachusetts to Savannah Georgia and back....twice.

I think it runs out great on the highway, that said my RPM's are around 5K at 70 MPH. it doesn't bother me, minimal handlebar buzzing and plenty of power if you need it.

The main reason I went with the 750 is because my daily commute is from the suburbs into the city and in my opinion this bike is great in city traffic and good, not great but good on the highway.

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I agree with Stan's assessment. 5K @ 70mph on mine also but it doesn't bother me. I commute 50 miles per day round trip, mostly interstate and I haven't had any problems with how the bike rides on the interstate at all. A 6th gear would be nice but nothing I can't live without.
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Being the owner of both a VN750 and a Nomad 1500FI, I'm in a position to give you some solid advice based on my experience that will relate to your current stable.

The VN750 can hold it's own on the highway. The engine is most comfortable at a highway speed of 70mph with the rpms about 5500rpm. It purrs... When necessary, it can hold 85-90 for as long as you want too. I rode about 400 miles up Illinois a few years ago at speeds above 75 pretty much the whole way. At a stop, the VN750 is way faster then the VN1500 or VN1600's.

Now, comparing it to your 1500 Classic changes things... If you have become accustomed to the handling and the size of the big Classic (as I have become with my Nomad), then the VN750 will seem a little small and naked out there on the highway. When I'm on the Nad, I feel "safe and secure", which is an illusion but I do get that sense of having a lot of bike under me. The VN750 in comparison gives the feeling that there is not much between the road and you. That is just an illusion as the VN750 can handle highway cruising quite well, but for me it is still there.

Comfort is another story... My Nomad is a big road sofa compared to my VN750. 250 miles on my VN750 and I'm cooked. Same milage on my Nomad and I'm ready for another 250. The VN750 can be made to be a very comfortable bike, but it will never (IMHO) compare to the Nomad or a larger Vulcan.

The VN750 is a different bike then a large Vulcan. It handles differently and feels differently. That is IMHO a good thing. I have the best of both worlds in the Nomad and VN750 in my garage. For an around town bike, the VN750 is a lot of fun. But for highway riding, while my VN750 does the job quite well, I prefer the Nomad hands down.

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I'd concur with Bulldog. Great commuter bike for short jaunts on the wide pavement but if I was looking for a long haul freeway bike, the Nomad is the ticket. When I do get the big dog, I'm keeping the 750 as well and will let my mood and the trip dictate which bike to roll out.

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My thoughts:

The 750 works at HWY speeds and it will endure posted speeds as long as you can. Above 65mph MPG drops and rpms are higher than I would like (chain drive was easy to fix). The skinny front wheel doesn't track like a fat tire and the seat can wear you down unless you do some mods to make it more comfy. The tank is smaller than most touring bikes.

If I had the bucks and wanted to stay Kawasaki, consider one of the new 900's as a better all around choice (the bagger looks like it could be a good dual purpose bike).

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My thoughts:

The skinny front wheel doesn't track like a fat tire and the seat can wear you down unless you do some mods to make it more comfy.
I used to think that until I got a fat front tire and now totally disagree with the statement. The front tire of the Nomad can get pulled by road-tar snakes and road imperfections just as easy as the VN750 does.


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I too have both a vn750 and a 1500 Meanstreak. For me, the 750 revs too much on the highway. Generally run between 75 - 85 here on the highway and my daily commute is 75 miles round trip mostly highway.

My 750 at 5K+ rpms, versus my 1500 at 3.5-4K is a big difference. Additionally, the 1500 is more stable at speed than the 750.

These are just my observations, your mileage my vary.

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Air PSI in the front 110/90 changes tracking dramatically. My IRC runs max air at 42 psi but at that pressure it follows every line in the road. Lowering the psi helps, but for me, a 120/18 on a 1982 wing - with the extra weight of the 1100cc engine - is way more stable than our 750 ever could be.

Anyone run low profile tires on our VN's? That may help.

Has anyone added a steering stabilizer?

Some of my older bikes had a hydraulic damper on the forks under the tank to control drift and slow down the steering.

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My favorite part is entering the highway with the VN750. You give it full throttle, change the gears and you are doing 80+ without a problem. Then you try for an upper(6th) gear and it is not there. I dont have a windshield and it is not comfortable for me to cruise on the highway, but that is another question. I feel the VN 750 as very stable at speed, lots of power and always wants more highway miles than i feel comfortable with.

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