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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2009, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Back on a bike after 29 years!

I finally did it and bought a Vulcan 750 after not riding for 29 years!
I bought a 2004 model with 9,800 miles on the clock.
To prepare I got my permit and then took the MSF class to get my license.
I rode it home on Sunday through the back roads of Marin County in Northern California and that was a real blast.
So far I've taken off the back seat to check the battery which needed topping up - I know, I know, the first thing I'm going to do is replace it with a sealed low maintenance battery.
Next on my list is to drain some oil out and get hte level right, the last owner has slightly over filled the oil. It's only 200 miles old, so would be a waste to change for new.
Then, when I have the time I need to check the spline lubrication on the back wheel.
I've ordered a Kurakyn LED volt gauge and will install when it arrives.
I'm really grateful for this forum as all the above ideas and work were as a result of my reading up here.
many thanks to all and hope I can contribute something back.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2009, 11:58 PM
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congrats on the fine scoot and welcome aboard ....

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 07:33 AM
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Welcome. Another easy mod, if it hasn't already been done, is the R/R relocation.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 08:01 AM
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Welcome Ian, as you have already found out this forum is the best.The people with all there knowledge and the willingness to help, just can't be beat safe and happy riding.

2000 VN750
gray and black
13,265 when I picked it up

Relocated R/R
Relayed coils
Volt meter (Relayed)
Blue accent lighting
Iridium plugs
Turn signal buzzer
Highway pegs
Heated grips
Fork bag
Auburn leather saddle bags
Replaced front side reflectors with LED reflectors
Added LED lights to bottom of front tubes
Polished front tubes
Sylvania H4ST
Regapped pickups to snug .020
TOC ACCT springs

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Welcome to the forum Ian. I was in the same boat when I signed on. 23 yrs between 2-wheeler.

2005 Vulcan 750
Black and Silver
OEM Hghwy Bars
O-ring Footpegs
OEM Luggage Rack
V&H Exhaust System
TOC ACCT Rebuild
Die Hard Gold AGM MFB
Spline Lube every tire change
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 10:34 PM
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Welcome! Sounds like you've been lurking here for a bit. Take a moment to read the Vulcan Verses and do some preventative maintenance as well, like applying silicone to the tool box lock and the swing arm caps, torquing all the bolts properly, cleaning your electrical contacts and buying your AGM maintenance free battery.


'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 01:18 AM
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Welcome to the madness Ian. It is much more fun being a Vulcaneer than a lurker!! So which came first, the Vulcan or the forum? It sounds like you have been reading here for awhile before getting the bike, but did the bike lead you to the forum or the forum to the bike? I'm just curious, because some folks here did a lot of research before buying a vn750, and I just lucked into it, not really knowing what a powerful piece of machinery, for the size, that I really had, until I found this forum..

I went through the same thing with the oil level when I got my bike. I had it up on the center stand and couldn't see any oil-air line in the sight window, so I started pouring some of Ma Kawi's $8/liter mc oil in. After adding the whole bottle and not seeing a line, I decided it must have been overfull to start with. So I drained the whole lot into a clean pan, (through the side drain with screen) and sure enough there was 6 liters (a liter is just over a US quart) that drained out. I put 4 liters back in and saved the remaining 2 liters in marked containers for top up until the next oil change.


1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
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

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Welcome Ian to a great group of folks!

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2002 VN1500 Classic
Spline Lube Procedure, with photos, R/R Relocation and Coil Mod
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