My First Year as a VN750 Owner
Just got my notice to renew my license plate sticker in the mail so it served me as a reminder that I have officially owned my VN750 for one year. Thought it would be a good time to reflect on how the year has gone.
I havenít had a motorcycle since I was 21 years old. I just turned 64 last July. I was very cautious about getting back into riding after all these years. Started out by getting some riding gear. Leather gloves and riding jacket with built in armor. The seller threw in a full face helmet as part of the deal and it fits perfectly. Started out riding around the small town where I live (3,500 population). Practiced cornering, stopping and taking off. The taking off part would have gone a lot smoother had it not been for the coffee grinder effect of my clutch. Went from the streets here in town to riding the roads along the farms and fields out in the country. Not much traffic there, roads are straight, so not so worried about making mistakes. Did make a few mistakes but nothing to cause me to lay the bike down or cause any harm.
During this time is when I found this forum. A wealth of information. Enough so that I began to wonder if this is the bike I should have purchased. You know, coffee grinder, splines not lubed from the factory, R/R replace, ACCT etc. Well happy to say that the only thing Iíve had to do thus far is to replace the ACCT with MCCT. Everything else seems to be working just fine and I have gotten used to the coffee grinder deal so that doesnít even bother me anymore. I just look at it as a part of the bikeís personality.
After having puttered around town and on the farm roads, I wanted to go on a small trip. Using google maps I plotted a route from Winnebago (where I live) to Galena, IL. I took a road named ďStagecoach TrailĒ. Apparently it was used by the stagecoaches back in the day and has plenty of curves. A very nice ride in the hills of northwestern Illinois. This ride was about 5 hours long but didnít cover very much distance because of the slower speeds required to take the curves on this road. I did notice at the end of the trip how tired my clutch hand was from all the shifting that day. This trip was around 160 miles.
Next, I wanted to get over 200 miles in a trip so I took to the interstate. This was a couple of weeks ago. I went from my house to Bloomington, IL. When I got back home I was just a little short of 300 miles so I went on down the road to the next town and turned around. Round trip was 303 miles that day. This was the most mileage I have put on a bike in a single day since a trip from Knoxville, TN to Daytona Beach, FL back in 1973.
The first thing I have found after riding the interstate is that I love the sound this bike makes at 5,000rpm. That keeps me at about 70mph or so.
The second thing I found is that you can only get about 103 mpg from a tank of gas on these things. Once the needle reaches the red area, itís time for gas. I found this out by having the bike begin to sputter and having to switch over to the reserve tank. It started sputtering again as I exited on the ramp. Made it to the gas station but Iím thinking that the only gas I had left was in the carbs. I do wish it had a larger tank just for the fact that if I do want to go on a long trip, I would have to stop every hour and a half or so to get gas. On the other hand, stopping that often probably isnít such a bad idea for a 64 year old guy. Need to stretch those legs occasionally.
A definite change I would like to make to this bike is to add some highway pegs. Any recommendations?
When all is said and done, the more I ride it, the more I like it.