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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-26-2009, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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It's been over 30 years since I've owned a bike & this is my 1st street bike.

Found it on Craigslist for $1300 with 14k miles on. It had been sitting for 5 years. After new plugs, battery, tires & changing fluids she is running great.

My wife & boys all want to learn how to ride so this will be our training bike.


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welcome to the fourm from ohio. nice looking ride. lots of helpful people here and lots of info on about anything you need to know

2002 vn750,7800 mile,homemade drag pipes,harley heratige seat,honda sissybar,led rear turn signals,
iridium plugs,marbled,110/90/19 kenda kruz front,
170/80/15 kenda kruz rear,saddlebags.
whats to come****handlebars,highway pegs
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Mr Monte. That is a nice looking bike. It looks like the previous owner has cleaned up rust off the speedo and tach rings, and painted them black. There have been several other members here who have done the same, and posted pics of the process and results. I need to clean a little rust off of mine and either polish and wax them, or paint like yours.

The vn750 is my first bike after having a mc licence for 41 years. It has a lot of power for someone who is just learning to ride, as you say your wife and sons want to do. You do not indicate the age or physical size/height of any of the prospective new riders. It may or may not be the "ideal" motorcycle to learn on, depending on several factors, in my humble opinion. For instance:
-Does the newbie have any experience with a manual transmission and clutch in an automobile.
-While sitting on the seat, can the new rider comfortably reach the ground with both feet.
-Does the new rider have sufficient strength to catch, stop, and push the bike back up with one leg from a 45* lean angle, when they lose their balance at a stop or slow speed. I mention this, only because it is inevitable that a new rider will lose their balance occasionally while learning to use the friction zone in moving off, negotiating the slow cone weave, the figure eight, U-turns and other slow speed manouvers.

The stock vn750 weighs about #500, ready to ride. The MSF Beginner Riding Course seems to use bikes such as the Honda Rebel 250cc, which I suppose weighs about #300, and is much easier for a learning rider to recover from a mistake.

Please do not take this in any way as trying to dicourage you or your family from learning to ride the Vulcan 750. I only offer you a "heads up", that you may want them to look at learning the basics on a smaller bike, and getting some experience before transfering that knowledge to the VN. You don`t want really want them to scratch up that pristine paint on your VN now, do you?

Here is a link to another mc site which, among other things, has about 250 safety tips, some of which I`m sure you will find interesting and instructive.
http://www.msgroup.org/Articles.aspx?Cat=1

Here are a couple of specific tips regarding squeezing both levers to keep or REGAIN control of your motorcycle:
http://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=177&Set=
http://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=191&Set=

Wishing all your family many happy miles in the saddle.

Gordon

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
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July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/11-vn750-general-discussion/9127-top-ten-items-you-would-suggest-new-owner-do-his-new-ride.html

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Looks like you got a good one there. Welcome to the group.

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My boys are 19 & 21 and my wife is 5" 8 1/2" tall, thin build but very strong for her size so after looking at several bikes the VN750 seamed to be the best fit.

They have enrolled in a 3 day motorcycle safety class next month. I'm using this bike to get them some experiance with the controls, starting, stopping & turning of a motorcycle.

They all have been quick learners and mastered smooth take offs & stops the 1st outing but we are keep our practice to an industrial park during off hours.

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It sounds like you`re doing all the right things to get started. Just emphasize to them all, that if at any time they feel like they are getting out of control, PULL BOTH LEVERS IN. With the clutch in the motor can`t run away with them into an obstacle. With the brake applied the bike will stop and can`t roll away. If they are feeling shakey or spooked at that time, and not ready to move off again, learn to thumb the engine kill switch by feel, without looking for it.

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9127
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Welcome! Now get some rain gear ;-)

That is a nice find, where you at? There are a few members in Southwest Wash and Oregon that endure the rainy season (9 months right?) on our bikes. I try to ride every day to work - stupid crazy I-5 - but I enjoy it so much I don't like to drive my cage.

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Welcome! Now get some rain gear ;-)

That is a nice find, where you at? There are a few members in Southwest Wash and Oregon that endure the rainy season (9 months right?) on our bikes. I try to ride every day to work - stupid crazy I-5 - but I enjoy it so much I don't like to drive my cage.

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I'm in Sherwood, about 20 mins from Portland (no traffic).

Instead of a rain suit I was thinking about just taking a shower in Rain-X 9 months of the year.

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Welcome. Hope you and the family have many safe miles on the Vulcan.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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I'm in Sherwood, about 20 mins from Portland (no traffic).
Welcome! Lots of great riding around Portland; Rte 224, old Rte 30 through the Gorge, Rte 14 in Washington, Rt 213/214, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Sauvie Island, etc.

I'm in NW Portland and the VN750 is my first bike (purchased last year), so I'm still a bit green. I "try" to get out once a week, mostly Sunday mornings. Hit me up if you want someone to ride with on the weekends (I'm due for a Rte 224 run down to Detroit). Also, look into the MeetUp.com group The Portland Road Runners. They sponsor group rides, very well organized and rides for every skill level. Another great take (and free) is the Doc Wong Clinic, held first Sunday of each month in Beaverton. You kids would love it. It is geared more for sport bikers, but there are always a few of us cruisers in the group. One hour technique clinic, followed by a very twistie ride along Bald Hill Road with personal instruction.


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