After seeing my bike in action and up close over time, my older brother finally is smitten and gets a VN750 himself.
I would post pix, but his bike is also an '05 (like mine), and we all know what an '05 looks like (I hope). Besides, he has yet to really "farkle" his bike (he's ordering a windshield, etc...shortly).
The bike had about 4,500 miles on it when older brother bought it.
If anything, the engine is a bit smoother than mine, so he definitely did not end up with a lemon. From a standing start, with the engine warmed up, it accelerates strong and smooth, and makes all the right noises you'd expect from our bike. BUT....
a) during warm up, I have to hold the choke lever to keep it at a given location for the bike to idle up. The choke lever will not hold a position on its own;
b) until the engine is really hot, the bike will not "idle down" when the throttle is released;
c) the idle speed seems to be all over the place--I keep having to adjust it;
and last, but definitely not least...
d) in 5th gear, between 60-70 mph, if I try to accelerate with more throttle (without downshifting) the bike does not really pick up speed. Instead, there's a bit of hesitation and/or stumble.
Clearly, he's having choke/carb issues. Also: all the above occurs after the bike has sat for over a week with Chemtool B-12 in both the fuel tank and the carbs (mixed in with gas that is, per the Chemtool instructions).
I thought maybe any carb gurus out there might like to offer some suggestions on a cure for the above problems. I don't have any carb experience on this bike (obviously).
Otherwise, have a great holiday weekend--and a safe summer riding season.....