I just got an 03 vn750. It had 13,950 miles when I got it for $1500. The most embarrassing thing that has happened since is, I took the time and effort to load it up into my truck, strap it down, drive it across town, take off the straps, and unload it to take it to the shop because even though it would start and run wonderfully, the second I shifted from neutral to first the bike would die immediately. I can guarantee that those of you who've owned vn's before know what I was doing wrong, but I'll tell everyone else in case they don't know. On any bike I rode before my 18 year bikeless stretch I'd start the bike in the same manner. Choke, key, run button, start button, clutch, shift to first, then the kickstand and take off. The only thing about that is, Kawasaki has a "safety feature" that will not allow you to shift to first when the kickstand is down. I also had no idea about the 3 ball neutral finder deal that makes it a huge pita to downshift from second to neutral to get to first if you're standing still. I have a couple of questions about the bike, riding the newer models, and properly shifting. I ride for enjoyment. I work in my car so that makes it harder to get away from work, when you have to take work to get away from work, if that makes sense to anyone. So basically I just hop on the 750 and go cruise for a couple hours. Since I'm riding for fun over transportation, what is the best rpms to shift at? The other thing is that when I want to ride at highway speeds (65-75 in Oklahoma where I live) the rpms are revving at over 4500. Is that safe for the bike, and since the vn doesn't use the chain and sprocket system and you can't just get a smaller/larger sprocket as you need, is there a way to increase overall speed and lower rpms?