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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2009, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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30,000 miles

This has been a great bike, when i got my second 750, i had a bet on with a fellow who said it will be blowing smoke at 30,000 and that i should buy an 1800cc harley.
She turned over to 30,000 today, no smoke! No repairs except regular scheduled maintenance.
Last vn 750 sold it at 160,000, new owner knocking it up to 190,000.
These bikes are truely wonderful.
Run generic straight 20w 50w oil.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2009, 12:35 AM
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You give me hope that I will have a great ride for many years to come. If I do my part that is, and don`t have any more wrecks.


1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15

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No no no, hoss, you must not crash!! ha ha!
Ride safe mate, that bike will last forever, but it will need occasional repairs.
I am on my second battery now, i do not like M/F i like the standard type, i service it regularly, but that is because i am an Auto Tech and i am anal about Maintenance.
I have not YET, had the problems that others have had, tensioners, stator, or voltage regulator, however everyday i wonder if today will be it.
Lube shaft every rear tire change, must remove snap ring to tear down.
change oil and rear end oil every 7,000 miles.
Run good quality 20w 50w standard oil, dont buy the high priced 'Motorcycle oil' your clutches are wet and regular oil is all
it is, the system likes to rob us you know, with these advertising scheme's.
My old VN had 160,000 miles on it when it was sold, i beleive it had a new stator at 90,000, previous owner said he never remembered any tensioner problems on those older ones, and never did a relocate either.
Key ingredient, is to not overload the system, and also dont let your battery sulphate over it, pull seat and wash with power hose once a year also when battery removed.
Went with cheap tires, big mistake, i now only run OEM bridgestones, they last 10-12,000, el-cheapo's last about 5,000

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Grats! I rolled over 34567.8 (trip meter 901.2) on today's ride. It just keeps going!

The journey is the destination.

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Mustang seat
R/R Relocate
MF Battery
Red spark plug wires
Stainless Steel brake lines
Stiffer fork springs
Givi bags, Wingrack mount
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Very cool! I am at 11k. This gives me a lot of hope
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I am not a motorcycle mechanic, so i cant speak for many bike's, but i can tell you that these have a very good reputation amougst knowlegable motorcycle riders.
I hear people moaning about stuff, all machines generate problems, no matter what brand, i have had every car you can imagine in the work bay, so there is no, 'only one brand'.
I'll take this bike anywhere, not scared about the tensioners or the stator, 160,000 miles speakes for me.
We all take chances when we travel.

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