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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-04-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Japan

Hi everyone,

I've been living in Japan for almost a year now. I just purchased a 1989 VZ750 with 14K,000KM on it. My previous motorcycle was a 1996 400CC Yamaha DragStar (V-Star in the states). Its nice to finally make an upgrade to a bigger sized engine and a bike that fits me better.

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Thank you!

Edit: Here is what my bike looks like:

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Welcome. Was the VZ750 sold outside Japan? Can't find much info on it.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Welcome. I found pictures of it here http://www.motonet.cl/motos-ventas/k...750-65227.html

It looks just like the VN750, right down to the tool box door, except for the emblems, grab strap on the seat, and it does not appear to have an air injection system, though that may have been removed, since this is a '94 model. Or or we the only ones who got stuck with that? Jerry.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
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Actually I bought it here in Japan. A local mechanic said that Kawasaki sold the VZ750 for 2 or 3 years in Japan before they started to sell the Vulcan 800. Parts for the bike are extremely rare around here so I had to order a bunch of accessories from Ebay. On the actual bike title, it says VZ750 VN750A. Hope that helps.

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It looks just like the VN750, right down to the tool box door, except for the emblems, grab strap on the seat, and it does not appear to have an air injection system, though that may have been removed, since this is a '94 model. Or or we the only ones who got stuck with that? Jerry.
I'm not sure what you mean by air injection. I'm assuming you're not talking about the elliptical air intakes on the front, correct?

I'm slowly getting to know my way around the bike, so bear with me.

ugh, I tried to post the picture but I didn't edit it properly. I'll post one up in a bit.

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No, not the air intakes, those we call "ears". If your bike has air injection, it will be obvious. There will be a huge rubber hose connected to a fitting on the right side of the head on the front cylinder, behind the air filter housing, and another one connected to a fitting on the left side of the head on the rear cylinder. Both these hoses connect to a metal valve under the seat, and there is yet another large hose which connects to this valve, and goes into a hole with a grommet in the bottom of the surge tank, what we call the airbox.

It is an emissions control system that injects air into the exhaust port while the exhaust valve is closed. But it causes backfiring on deceleration, and makes the exhaust run hot. It is fairly common practice in the U.S. to remove this system, plug up the hole in the airbox, and cap of the reed valve connectors on the cylinder heads.


You said parts for this bike are hard to find. Not here. The VN750 was produced from '85 through '06, almost completely unchanged except the '85 model was 700cc, to get under the "Harley tariff" in effect at the time. New parts are easy to get, but they are very expensive, as all Kawasaki parts are here. Genuine Kawasaki accessories are starting to dry up, since this bike hasn't been sold here since '06, and demand for accessories is likely beginning to drop. Jerry.

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2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
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1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
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I see. Then no, I do not think I have it. Also, one other thing I noticed is that the bike has an "idiot light" that basically turns on anytime you go over 80KPH. I don't believe this exists on the american version because there's Japanese writing on the light itself. Am I correct?

Another question I had is the mechanic said that the blinkers seem to limit the movement of the front forks by centimeter or so and that I should move them up. Where should it normally be?

Also, I'm not sure if you saw, but I updated my picture on my first post. You'll see what I mean in the picture.

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It is an emissions control system that injects air into the exhaust port while the exhaust valve is closed. But it causes backfiring on deceleration, and makes the exhaust run hot. It is fairly common practice in the U.S. to remove this system, plug up the hole in the airbox, and cap of the reed valve connectors on the cylinder heads.

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looks like its ben coastered nice plates over the reedvalves maybe stock in japan

Looks like a nice scoot tho!!!

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Another question I had is the mechanic said that the blinkers seem to limit the movement of the front forks by centimeter or so and that I should move them up. Where should it normally be? Thanks!
The stock blinkers fit in the open holes on either side of the headlight bracket. Those are aftermarket front and rear signals.

That sure looks like a VN!

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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2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008

1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
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Warm welcome to swiftwind.

And Jerry, you are not the only ones with the emission control system. The German model (mine!) has it too. However, I've had no problems with it.
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