Greetings from Corona, CA!
My name is Allen and I am 47, married for almost 26 years with two kids ages 20 and 18. My dad was an avid rider and I spent a lot of time riding behind him as a kid. He died when I was 18 so I never rode a motorcycle on my own, though I have always wanted to. Well, I figured that it was time to rectify that so I took a MSF class and got my motorcycle license. I have already picked up all the necessary riding gear (Shoie RF1000 helmet, armored jacket, chaps, leather work boots and good quality leather motorcycle gloves) and have a 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 coming my way. Unfortunately, the bike is still being worked on by my friend who restores British motorcycles and does import/distribution of Triumph motorcycle parts. The 93 Vulcan is from a friend of my friend who can no longer ride due to medical issues. He is the original owner and the bike is stock with 9,800 miles on it and always garaged so it is in excellent condition though a bit dusty. The problem is that it has not been ridden since 2006 and has been sitting almost 3.5 years with gas stored in the tank. So my friend has been re-building the carbs and replacing all the seals and such as well as replacing the petcock. Hopefully it will be up and running in another week or so as he works on it when he can. Since we have been running temps between 90-100 degrees, I am more than happy to wait for it to cool off a few degrees.
I found this forum on a google search, and have been lurking for a bit. I think I will hang around since I am sure that I will have plenty of questions and in need of a lot of advice in dealing with this motorcycle. I have no problems doing mechanical work as I have worked on cars since I was a kid, but motorcycles are considerably different. Thanks in advance for your help as I move into my mid-life crisis.
Here are a couple of photos of the 93 Vulcan in my friend's shop. These are cell phone pics, so they are not the best. The seat is off with a battery charger on it and the air cleaner cover has been removed to check things out.