A few days ago while riding in to work, my VN750 started having trouble maintaining idle. At a red light, I would pull in the clutch while in 1st gear, and the engine, instead of idling at aroaund 1K or so, dropped to zero and stalled out. I had to put the choke on about halfway to maintain a proper idle.
I was thinking of bringing the bike in to a mechanic to do some of the stuff that would take me a while to do right because I don't have the right tools, parts or time -- simple stuff like changing the speedo/tach bulbs, installing a Stebel Magnum horn, and putting on a new set of grips, which is very easy if you have a high powered air compressor but otherwise pretty hard (I think). Also something complicated, the BrakeAway throttle lock/cruise control, which I read the instructions for and was rather daunted by.
I wasn't sure what might be the problem with my bike suddenly not idling, not being at all experienced mechanically, and there's a Kawasaki dealership not too far from my office, so I swung by to leave it with them to take a look.
At the same time, I have an engine knocking that I haven't figured out yet, which I mentioned to them when I dropped it off. I asked them to also install the three accessories I haven't put on yet on my own due to lack of time to learn about electrical wiring or lack of parts or equipment (horns, grips and throttle lock), and asked them to change the bulbs on the tach.
So I get my bike back today. They installed the horns, whoopie, that I think I could have done in a few hours myself. The idling problem they identified as needing a new spark plug. OK, too bad I hadn't gotten my full set of NGK Iridium plugs yet, I was going to do that this weekend... Could have saved myself some money and maybe aggravation.
The grips were not installed. He claimed they were too big for the stock bars on the VN750 and I must have got the wrong model. True? Not true? I got it from Dollar Rider and they definitely list it as being compatible with the VN750: KY-6241
. I know these are very popular, can anybody with them installed confirm this is the right set for this bike? I smell bull****.
The throttle lock was not installed. This because installation would require removing the grips, so it should logically wait until I got the "right set" of grips to put on. OK, I'll buy that, except that AFAIK
the right set of grips...
The bulbs were not changed. They don't have them in stock. I can understand that. They also cannot order them except as a whole assembly (i.e., an entirely new tach/speedo unit) and suggested I try to find them myself. Huh? You're a dealer, but want me, the customer to hunt down a hard to find part for you?
The engine knocking they diagnosed as a loose cam chain tensioner. Sounds familiar from what I read on this board. But, fixing it they described as a tremendous PITA and an expensive job, requiring engine disassembly, so they did nothing. "Just live with it and use 20/50 engine oil instead of 10/40."
Wha-a-a? What would that do to help?
Like I said, I've only had this bike for a month and I am 100% new to owning a motorcycle (I've owned/ridden scooters for a couple of years but those were much more new and maintenance-free compared to this bike).
For installing the horns, telling me my grips are the wrong size, not installing the throttle lock as a result, and diagnosing (but not fixing) my other issues, they billed me for two hours labor. At Manhattan rates, plus tax, that came out to about $200.