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OK, so I've finally solved the spark plug issue on my bike, or rather the "how do I get this damn plug out of my bike" issue on my bike, so now I can focus in other directions.

Just a few questions about my 2002 Vulcan 750.

What kind of MPGs do you guys get out of your bike? I'm getting about 100 miles a tank (I do have a small gas leak that I just haven't gotten around to fixing, yet)

Are there any common problems about this bike that I need to be looking out for?

What octane of fuel do you put in your bike?

What chain store is best known for the parts I'll need to maintain this particular bike? (Or will I need to focus on the much more expensive dealerships?)

My bike is pretty stock, and I'd love to have some saddlebags, but I don't feel like dealing with the whole "tail light relocation" crap. Any other ideas here that will keep me from having to wear a backpack everywhere I go? I don't need MUCH storage, but is there, say, a sissy bar option or something?

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Need to know the part number to a confirmed 18mm Deep Well socket bit to change your VN750's spark plugs?

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Gas milage.. typical is 80-120 depending on how you ride it. more aggressive, less milage just like a car.

gas type.. 85 octane, any more your wasting $$ . the engine is designed for optimum performance with 85. Higher octane fuel actually burns slower, so the performance suffers, as well as you usually end up with fouled plugs, due to poor burn.

one common problem is the rear splines (driveshaft to the final bevel). many where shipped dry, or minimal lube, and not maintained over the years. failure will leave you on foot.

I see your in Orlando. Im just outside Port Charlotte.

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Well as far as bags i have found that the cheap diamond plate bags from amazon work well without moving the turn signals also a barrel bag for the front forks works well too hers what they look like after 2 years on the bike
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I get about 120 out of a tank.
I only use 87 octane gas in it (87 is regular here).
Make sure you check the rear splines
You'll probably end up ordering most of your parts online, either from here or ebay or a parts website. Chemicals and such (oil, brake fluid, coolant) can be had from any local parts store.
A cheap set of throw over bags is a good investment if you need a little storage. I have a set of turn signal relocation brackets and bag mounts if you are interested.
I didn't end up having to move my signals at all when I put my bags on.

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I get about 120 out of a tank.
I only use 87 octane gas in it (87 is regular here).
Make sure you check the rear splines
You'll probably end up ordering most of your parts online, either from here or ebay or a parts website. Chemicals and such (oil, brake fluid, coolant) can be had from any local parts store.
A cheap set of throw over bags is a good investment if you need a little storage. I have a set of turn signal relocation brackets and bag mounts if you are interested.
I didn't end up having to move my signals at all when I put my bags on.
That's two of you that mentioned the rear splines. I don't yet have the lingo, so I'll be honest. I have no idea what that is, but if you told me where it is and how to check it, I'm sure I can figure that out. (The other guy mentioned drive shaft to rear bevel. I DO know what the drive shaft is, so I know basically where to look...just don't know how to check it)

So, there are some bags you can get that don't require the relocation kit. That's great! I'll keep looking, then.

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Gas milage.. typical is 80-120 depending on how you ride it. more aggressive, less milage just like a car.

gas type.. 85 octane, any more your wasting $$ . the engine is designed for optimum performance with 85. Higher octane fuel actually burns slower, so the performance suffers, as well as you usually end up with fouled plugs, due to poor burn.

one common problem is the rear splines (driveshaft to the final bevel). many where shipped dry, or minimal lube, and not maintained over the years. failure will leave you on foot.

I see your in Orlando. Im just outside Port Charlotte.
Do you get out this way much? BTW, we don't see anything less than 87 octane here. I tried 93 once, thinking it would be better. I actually think the bike ran worse!

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the rear splines, i would lube them up right away, or atleast check them to see if they need lubed, its on the left side of the bike attaching the drive shaft to the rear wheel. I didn't know about this issue and mine went about 20-30miles from home, which lead me and my dad to push it into the back of his truck using a 2x10 as a ramp..... NOT fun.....

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17274

Theres a link on how ot do the whole process.

If you're splines are in bad shape, a brand new OEM final drive(part that attaches to the wheel) is about $1000, drive shaft coupler(attaches final drive to drive shaft) is about $50. If you do enough looking around on ebay or asking here you should be able to come across both of these parts, used but in relatively good shape for anywhere from $150-$300 for both.

Also i would suggest switching to NGK iridium plugs.

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I have a set of turn signal relocation brackets and bag mounts if you are interested.
I'm interested depending on price.

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the rear splines, i would lube them up right away, or atleast check them to see if they need lubed, its on the left side of the bike attaching the drive shaft to the rear wheel. I didn't know about this issue and mine went about 20-30miles from home, which lead me and my dad to push it into the back of his truck using a 2x10 as a ramp..... NOT fun.....

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17274

Theres a link on how ot do the whole process.

If you're splines are in bad shape, a brand new OEM final drive(part that attaches to the wheel) is about $1000, drive shaft coupler(attaches final drive to drive shaft) is about $50. If you do enough looking around on ebay or asking here you should be able to come across both of these parts, used but in relatively good shape for anywhere from $150-$300 for both.

Also i would suggest switching to NGK iridium plugs.
I've got NGK's on it...I don't think they are iridiums, though. In fact, the part number I pulled off is the part number I put on, but I actually think they are wrong. It's not the part number NGK calls for.

This spline thing seems difficult. Was it? How long did it take you?

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I've got NGK's on it...I don't think they are iridiums, though. In fact, the part number I pulled off is the part number I put on, but I actually think they are wrong. It's not the part number NGK calls for.

This spline thing seems difficult. Was it? How long did it take you?
first time you do it, make sure you have a few hours of down time. It wasn't to difficult BUT it will take a decent amount of time your first time around. And since its a drive shaft bike, you'll have to do the same thing again every 10-15 thousand miles or so.

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