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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Flushing, NY
I "upgraded" my '94 VN750 w/26.5K miles => '06 w/750 miles!
About 7 months ago, I got a 1994 VN750 with 23,700+ miles on it for $2,300. It came with a Mustang saddle seat, which I really like and is apparently hard to find now since Mustang doesn't make it any more now that the VN750 has been discontinued.
I had to get the carbs cleaned, put new tires on it and installed a whole bunch of cosmetic and accessory upgrades (MF battery, Stebel horn, Kuryakyn grips with Dual Star heated pads underneath them, a windscreen and luggage rack, etc.) I've put 3,000 miles on it in that time, despite winter layoff periods of not riding.
Earlier this week, more or less on impulse, I jumped at the chance to buy a 2006 VN750 with fewer than 750 miles on it for $3,900. Why? Because I really like the VN750, and had the idea that I could transfer nearly all my accessories to the newer bike (including the saddle), sell the older one for around $2,000 when riding season starts to someone who wants a used bike to learn on, and voila, I have basically as new a bike as imaginable for this make and model.
The guy I bought it from was a long-time motorcyclist with three bikes, having owned two VN750s before (including a '94 he had put over 20,000 miles on before buying this low-mileage '06 as a replacement), but now found himself riding his sportbikes all the time, so was clearing garage space. I have his name and number and all that, and he lives near me, so I have every confidence he wasn't trying to cover anything up.
That said, I'm fairly new to motorcycles (this is my first one) so now I'm worried I may be overlooking something obvious on my end.
The all-stock bike had sat in a garage for the better part of a year with enzyme solution in the tank. He had put a battery tender on the bike as well. After riding it home today I find it won't start. Uh-oh.
My first move will be to replace the battery with a MF one, but wouldn't a 30-minute ride be enough to recharge the battery via the alternator? Should I be worried about the stator?
Also, the fuel gauge is stuck on "E" even though the tank is full. He described this as a stuck float due to storing the bike with a full tank, and that it would probably resolve itself the next time the tank was refilled (after using it up). True, not true or "probably true but watch out for..."?
"Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea." (Despair.com)