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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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About engine guards...

I understand that engine guards are a good investment for your bike, specially if you are new to riding (like me). However, other than the more expensive Wingerline or the not-so-impresive OEM guards (I'm not sure if they fit my 86 bike), I can not find any other used or new guard for my 86 vn750. Does any one knows if they exist and if they do, how to get them? Any info is appreciated.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 06:03 PM
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Someone will be along to correct me if I'm wrong but I believe any vulcan 700 or 750 case guards will fit. Check ebay.

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Antig I would say is right these bikes were made for 20 years with very little change to them all. I have a 2004 and bought a old,but new never used quard for a 87 VN. It was painted with black enamel paint, no crome. It bolts on different then the new crome ones but still fits.

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I've only see seen the 2, Wingerline and OEM guards and neither do much to protect the engine on these bikes, they are more or less dress-up items.

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I believe any OEM or Wingerline case guards made for a vn700/750 will fit any year. The local dealer had a older (`86, I think) vn750 for sale when I bought mine privately almost 2 years ago. It had case guards that he agreed to sell me, but when the salesman and I went out to check for fit, we both agreed that it didn`t look like it would fit my bike.

I had not yet found the vn750 forum, and didn`t know that the front exhaust pipe usually needs to be loosened or removed in order to get the case guard into position, and get the bolts started. So out of ignorance, I let the guard slip away from me.

So if you find one for sale that you like, snap it up. If it fits one vn700/750, it should fit any or all of them.

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Any guard from Kawasaki will fit. However, the only use I can see for them is as a place to mount highway pegs. Most "engine guards", or "crash guards" will do nothing to protect either the rider or the bike in an accident. And dropping a bike while pushing it can sometimes cause more damage with a guard than without.

I remember a story in a magazine where one of the staffers dropped a large touring cruiser at a gas pump, it had "guards", and because the guards stuck out so far, it didn't just fall over, but the guards acted as a pivot point, causing it to wind up almost upside down. It sustained over $5000 in damage.

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Jerry is right here, the "guards" guard nothing really. The Vulcans motor is so narrow being a V twin that you would have to tear off alot of stuff before the road ever go close to touching the motor...so the "Case guards" Kaw sells for the bike do not even guard the engine case.

And yes, it has been shown that the larger bars like the Wingerline can actualy cause more damage to both the rider and the bike in an accident. They might , on the vulcan, help with a tip over in your garage, but at speed are pretty useless in terms of protection.

A study done by the CHP showed that the engine guards they had on their KZ1000's in fact increased the likely hood of upper leg trauma to the rider, and in some cases caused twice the damage to the bike. It seems that instead of sliding on it's side in a fall, the bike would roll over , causing damage to both sides of the bike...and tearing off stuff on top.

Oddly, even with this information, they still issued the CHiPs bikes with the bars, because they had no where else to mount the sirens and lights.


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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info

Based on your comments, it seems that what I heard was useful, the engine guards, probably is not. I understand that they are not designed for protection at pretty much any speed, but for a no-speed tip over I thought was ok... perhaps not even for that. Well, I guess I will be saving the money for the guards. Thank you everyone.
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Assuming correctly that the guard doesn't actually guard anything, if you plan on taking trips then highway pegs can be a nice addition. That's what I got mine for.

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If you decide that you want highway bars, here is one way to attach them without the engine guard.
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...501&si=highway pegs&perpage=12

I don`t know if Cspinner still makes them, but I know lance328 will fabricate a set if you want them, and don`t have the inclination to make your own.

Here is another link to highway pegs, as Knifemaker built them:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knifema...7602277630067/

These appear to be easier for a DIY guy to fabricate with access only to ordinary hand and power tools you already have. If you haven`t already clicked on the flickr photo links at the bottom of KM`s signature, do it now. You may pick up some more ideas for mods to your own bike.

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