Suggestions for new VN750 owners
This has been done numerous times, but I thought I would post my own version. Jerry.
Maintenance tips for the new owner of a Kawasaki Vulcan 700/750 motorcycle. The spline lube is mandatory, items 3 thru 16 are very important.
1. Get a service manual.
2. Do a complete spline lube BEFORE riding the bike. While you have the rear wheel off for the spline lube, check the rear brake shoe condition, replace if necessary. Make sure you get the rear brake adjusted properly when you put everything back together.
3. Change the oil and filter. 10w40 or 20w50, type or brand does not matter.
4. Change the rear drive gear oil with motorcycle specific shaft drive oil.
5. Change the coolant with motorcycle specific ETHYLENE GLYCOL coolant (the GREEN stuff).
6. Clean or replace the air filters with stock or equivilant.
7. Check the tire condition, replace if worn out or badly cracked, inflate to pressure shown on sidewall.
8. Replace fluid in front brakes, bleed the brakes properly, and check the pads for wear. Replace if necessary. Check brakes for proper operation.
9. Check clutch adjustment, adjust if necessary, check for proper operation.
10. Lubricate all cables, throttle, clutch, choke, speedometer, and rear brake.
11. Check throttle and choke for proper operation and adjustment, adjust if necessary, check and adjust idle speed if necessary.
12. Check carburetor synchronization, adjust if necessary. If bike does not run right, or if it has been sitting for some time, it is recommended to remove the carburetors, disassemble and thoroughly clean them.
13. If you have a regular battery, check the electrolyte level, and add distilled water to bring the level up to the top line.
14. Check operation of the horns, all switches, and all lights, repair if necessary. Check and adjust mirrors.
15. Check the condition of the spark plugs, clean or replace if necessary.
16. Don't forget to do the spline lube. This is serious. Most of the Vulcan 750 final drive splines were not properly lubed at the factory, and the damage this can cause is severe. A new final drive unit costs $1000.
These are all just maintenance items needed to get the bike back in good safe ridable condition. This list does not include any actual repairs, which may need to be done depending on the condition of your bike.
The following things are optional, but recommended.
1. Replace the battery with a sealed maintenance free AGM type, if you have a regular battery.
2. Remove the CA evap emissions system, if your bike has one. If it has already been removed, make sure it was done right,and that everything necessary was capped and plugged, and the fuel tank is properly vented.
3. Remove the complete air injection system, if your bike still has it. If it has already been removed, make sure everything was properly capped/plugged.
4. If you have any starting problems, replace the plugs with NGK iridium plugs.
5. Get and use a battery tender
6. Use Seafoam for regular maintenance, to keep your fuel system clean. It also works as a gas stabilizer if the bike sits for awhile.
Read the Vulcan Verses, especially the parts about the stator, balancer, and cam chain tensioners.
Don't assume anything. Ask questions if you have any doubts. Instructions for doing all of the above are either in the service manual, or on this site. If you can't find something, please ask.
Now for the riding part. The Vulcan 750 is a great bike, it is smooth, fast, comfortable, reliable, handles great for a cruiser, and will hold freeway speeds effortlessly.
If you are a beginner, be careful. While the Vulcan 750 is easy to ride, it is a bit heavy, and has a bit too much power for some beginners.
The Vulcan 750 is NOT a good bike to carry a passenger on.
If you are a total beginner, or an inexperienced rider, take the MSF beginners rider course, and get your motorcycle endorsement.
Wear whatever protective gear you feel comfortable with, but PLEASE wear a DOT approved helmet.
Always ride with the right attitude. The right attitude is just as important, if not more so, than skill and experience.
Welcome to vn750.com. This is a great forum, and it is here for you. Please use it and enjoy it, and, oh yeah, please read and follow the rules. Welcome aboard.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
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