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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-22-2006, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Potential buy.. Noisy

Seems owner had issue with the balancer / grommets.. It made a hole in the case and cover. He removed engine had the hole welded up, and got a different cover. guess he didnt check the stator.. ughh. He does say it is charging the battery as he put new battery in and it kept charge for couple weeks.

Concern is.. it seem noisy.. i tried to record it .. but alas my phone didnt get it for some reason.. ok operator error.

it is mainly at idle.. goes away with higher rpm's. Guy bought spare parts off ebay.. most of an engine.. block, cyclinders, pistons and transmissions looks like bunch of stuff.

Also noticed that the shifter is not moving freely. I had to move it manually after shifting it into a gear. I didnt drive it.. but it is putting the transmission in gear. I am going to look at the diagram and stuff but thought i would mention it.

Guess its a big risk to only be the ACCT. But I tried listening to the sound file.. it reminds me of a rod knocking in a car. not a high pitch tick like a lifter.

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So many unknowns with these, aren't there? I just bought one with an obvious ACCT prob, but then the regulator's shot for sure, maybe the stator (gotta clear the gunk out of the leads to get a better read), rear brake pads... So my "quick fix" isn't gonna be quick at all, but I'm somehow okay with doing a complete breakdown and rebuild.

So, "it depends." What's the cost of the bike (overall - include replacement parts) versus its pieces? I judged mine on the price and what I might be able to get back if I ended up parting it out. Also, how much time do you have to dismantle the bike and fix the unknowns? Looks like you have some other rides, but do you want something to ride now/soon, or in spring?

What I've heard from some folks is that with people buying the new 900s, more 750s are showing up on the market. Might be worth waiting just a little longer to see if something more "user friendly" appears.

That's about my one cent's worth...sorry I can't be of more help (yet!) with the mechanical "what ifs".

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I think I'd pass on that one. There will be others out there.

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Yeah I think I probably pass. at $700 probably too much..

-tank scratched
-shifter not returning..
-tach mount broken.. can be welded
-clanking noise at idle. sounded like it was coming from down inside.
-seat cracked in seams
-No clue if regulator or stator are working forgot my volt meter.
+spare block and heads and pistons.. guess almost all of the motor including transmision


Oh well if anything just looking at it gives me some more education on the VN's.

Thanks Yep I will pass

Its out on craigslist in kansascity
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heck for 700 would make for a good project bike
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maybe but seeing i paid less than that for the bike i have now.. lol and it is in better condition.
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so guy never sold it.. infact he just relisted it..tempting.. hrmm maybe i should go look it over again and get some sound clips.. <snicker>
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if you can talk him down to 250 or so maybe. but 700 is way too much...

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if you can talk him down to 250 or so maybe. but 700 is way too much...
Agreed. I've been watching the 750 listings here in the greater DC area, and mid-90s bikes - in pretty good condition - are going for about $1500. $700 seems steep for what you described in your first post.

There's a series of problems that you can see...I can guarantee there'll be a whole other series of problems that aren't immediately apparent and that'll cost ya big time. Our rule of thumb here at work is that projects usually cost twice as much as we bid, and take three times as long as we thought. So, maybe do some quick math on what's readily apparent and needs fixing/replacing, and then double that. (You can also think about what you'd get if you were to part out the bike and kinda figure fair value that way.)

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If he had a problem with the balancer, just replaced the grenaded case doesn't fix it. Older (80s) VN750s can have the grommet dry out around the balamcer when this happens, the balancer wobbles, chews up the inside and eventually grenades the case.
The shifter not returning could be a popped circlip on the shifter shaft. Good way to tell is if there is a lot of in and out play on the shifter (Usually happens if it took a drop on the left side (also same side as a grenaded case)
Tach mount broken.. happens if it is allowed to vibrate too much. A wobbily tach will eventually crack the mount.
Balancer fix requires an engine pull, a loose shifter shaft can be mended with a collar to keep the shaft out.
You didn't mention what year it was but I am suspecting it's a pre 90.

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