Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Mississippi, USA
Ok this old thread has been resurrected. I’ll play along.
I was looking for a starter bike (cheap enough my wife would allow it, ha!) and came across the 85 VN700 with a purple frame and “fresh rebuild” on the motor and a pile of parts plus a complete parts bike! That got me started looking at VN700/750’s since I had a parts bike. Found the 99 and when I got it home had it cranked within a couple hours. The previous owner was a crack head and in prison but thankfully didn’t have it long enough to really mess it up. He did gut the baffles and put the exhaust back on with original gaskets. Also a few dents on the gas tank, and tires so bald they were like racing slicks. Each purchase was $500 each. So for $1000 I have a good running 99, a project 85, and a parts bike plus extra parts.
After some tweaking and several small parts from the parts bike, i’m driving the 99 all the time. Love it. But would like for it to be longer, I feel like my knees stay too bent up all the time and my butt kills me after about 20-30 min of riding. But this is my first motorcycle ever, i’m Way more used to atv’s than 2 wheelers. Now after buying 2 bikes, the 85 looked great but has a strange coolant leak and my wife is deathly afraid of 2 wheels so I have to find her a trike! Figures...
OH, and if I knew then what I know now, probably would have passed up on the VN750. Just for the PITA carbs alone...
-2016 Indian Springfield
Roadmaster heated seat
-1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
Last edited by lugnut1009; 04-10-2018 at 07:04 AM.