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Thank you to a VN750 forum member - Mark Sims

As some of you may have read in one of my other threads, I've been considering buying a VN750. So I get this email from a forum member offering to let me ride his '06 VN750. His name is Mark Sims. I'm not sure of his user ID on the forum. He lives on the other side of Atlanta from me. Now Mark doesn't know me from Adam's house cat and in today's world, it's just unusual that folks do that sort of stuff for complete strangers. But it sure makes you feel good that there are indeed good people in the world with all the bad stuff that you see and read every day. I just wanted to recognize Mark for his willingness to do that for me. Hopefully, we can hook up in the near future and go for a ride.
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We are a friendly, almost family like, group here. Always looking to help other Vulcaneers any way possible.

Just be careful, once you take one ride on the 750, you may end up having that 1500 parked for a loooong time!!! LOL

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I bought my windshield for my Vulcan from Mark, he's good people.

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As some of you may have read in one of my other threads, I've been considering buying a VN750. So I get this email from a forum member offering to let me ride his '06 VN750. His name is Mark Sims. I'm not sure of his user ID on the forum. He lives on the other side of Atlanta from me. Now Mark doesn't know me from Adam's house cat and in today's world, it's just unusual that folks do that sort of stuff for complete strangers. But it sure makes you feel good that there are indeed good people in the world with all the bad stuff that you see and read every day. I just wanted to recognize Mark for his willingness to do that for me. Hopefully, we can hook up in the near future and go for a ride.
I think a vn750 would be a very good addition for you. I too have a 1500, but it's a Meanstreak and handles every bit as well as the vn750. So the vn750 will be leaving the stable once it's fixed.

Having a 1500 classic and a vn750 would be ideal.

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We are a friendly, almost family like, group here. Always looking to help other Vulcaneers any way possible.

Just be careful, once you take one ride on the 750, you may end up having that 1500 parked for a loooong time!!! LOL

Kudos to you, Mark!!
You folks do seem like a nice bunch. I've been on some forums that are real "cliquish" or "clannish". I am looking forward to taking Mark's bike for a spin!

Funny you joke about parking the 1500. I have an old 1981 Suzuki GS550T that I bought just to tinker around with in the garage. Right now, I'm rebuilding the carbs on it and have it all torn down. But I always found myself jumping on it to take it out on some roads near my house just cause it's so much fun to ride. Light as a feather compared to my 1500.
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I think a vn750 would be a very good addition for you. I too have a 1500, but it's a Meanstreak and handles every bit as well as the vn750. So the vn750 will be leaving the stable once it's fixed.

Having a 1500 classic and a vn750 would be ideal.

Jon
Hey Jon, I do like your Meanstreak! Do you know if the engine and drivetrain is exactly the same with the Classic and yours? Are the differences purely cosmetic? Just curious.

By the way, I lived in Tampa/Clearwater for a couple years (1988-89). Beautiful place.
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Thank you for the kind words, Chuck! Once you join this group you're not a stranger anymore. I've found that motorcycles groups are generally very friendly - but this VN750 forum and the yahoo group are top notch! Makes you want to give back a little.

I'm looking forward to taking that ride with you!

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Hey Jon, I do like your Meanstreak! Do you know if the engine and drivetrain is exactly the same with the Classic and yours? Are the differences purely cosmetic? Just curious.

By the way, I lived in Tampa/Clearwater for a couple years (1988-89). Beautiful place.
The engine design is the same, higher compression, different cams, and different FI map, makes about 15% more hp & tq than other Kaw 1500's. Trans is the same except different ratios, lower top end on the Meanie, better acceleration. Frame completely different. Inverted sport bike front shocks, ZZ9 front calipers, rotors and pads. So hard so say how similar it is, it's actually more different than similar. It rides, handles, and runs completely differently than any other Kawi. If you had to classify it, it would be a sport cruiser?

Where in the Tampa Bay area did you live?

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The engine design is the same, higher compression, different cams, and different FI map, makes about 15% more hp & tq than other Kaw 1500's. Trans is the same except different ratios, lower top end on the Meanie, better acceleration. Frame completely different. Inverted sport bike front shocks, ZZ9 front calipers, rotors and pads. So hard so say how similar it is, it's actually more different than similar. It rides, handles, and runs completely differently than any other Kawi. If you had to classify it, it would be a sport cruiser?

Where in the Tampa Bay area did you live?

Jon
Wow Jon, I had no idea the Meanstreak was that much different that the Classic. I thought it was mostly cosmetic. I do like it though!

I lived in Temple Terrace (North of Tampa) for a year and then Clearwater for about a year. I worked for SunTrust bank in downtown Tampa. And then, I moved back up here in Georgia. This was back in 1988-1989 so I'm sure lots have changed there since then.
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