Additional information regarding bike and reasoning for "letting it go" ...
Warning - This will be wordy and may cause some readers to fall asleep, that's why I did not say all of this in my initial advertisement.
The bike appears to have had 3 local owners (mature males - if that is possible where motorcycles are involved
) prior to my purchasing it in Sep. 2010. I also purchased a second VN750 (2005 with just engine guard bars and windshield as options) at this same time as: 1) I was hoping to do some riding with family and/or friends who at one time had been licensed m/c riders but who had since sold their bikes, and 2) I saw the opportunity to do a long-term comparison of riding (essentially the difference in handling characteristics) a "dressed" bike vs. a "naked" bike of the same make and model.
Well, long story short, my preference is that of the "naked" bike -- I feel more confident and "in control" of this bike. There's something unnerving to me about the fairing and headlight remaining in a fixed position while the handlebars move. It's so much easier to make slow speed turns when I can see out of the bottom of my eyes the front wheel moving left or right. Plus, I find the stock OEM seat to be more comfortable than the Mustang seat.
Suffice to say, during the 4 years I've owned the 2000 model, I have only driven it 1,000 miles, whereas with the 2005 model I've rode 3,000 miles.
The previous owner from whom I purchased the 2000 model is something of a "wrenchhead", as am I. He had performed the "driveshaft slip joint lube" procedure, as well as having replaced the clutch plates and the rear tire 5,000 miles prior to my purchasing it. The reason he sold the bike is because he had always wanted a Harley and got a new 883 Sportster.
The one remaining must-do modification (excluding the whole "goat's belly" thing) is the relocation of the voltage regulator / rectifier.
All the fluids and filters were changed towards the end of last year's riding season. The engine/trans oil is Mystic (Citgo) synthetic 10W-40 M/C & ATV. Final drive oil is Mobile 1 synthetic 75W-90 gear lube. Cooling system flushed and filled with 50/50 mix of distilled water and PEAK Global lifetime anti-freeze -- which was the only a/f at NAPA which specifically said "for use in all motorcycles". Brake system flushed and filled with Valvoline synthetic DOT 3 & 4 brake fluid. Air filters replaced with new K & N filters. Battery is 15 AH 220 CCA sealed AGM installed in April 2011 -- no problem starting this spring.
Comes with genuine Kawasaki VN750 and Clymer service manuals and weatherproof cover purchased new in 2014. I consider the body condition to be "good", especially for a 15 yr old vehicle still being ridden. Nothing is broken or cracked. Any rust is only superficial and can be buffed away. Aluminum wheels are free of pitting. Tires look good and hold air very well. While the bike is not "dealer showroom" shiny and spotless, the price I'm seeking is far south of any dealer's. As previously stated, the engine compression test yielded 162 psi in each cylinder. The OEM spec says it should range from 129 to 199 psi. The engine actually starts easier and idles smoother than the 2005 model, which has 8,000 miles. The 2000's engine sounds as quiet as the engine of the lesser-mileage 2005.
There's my story. Thanks to all who were able to read it all the way through to the end.