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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Smile New to street riding

I am 45 and just got my permit and bike a used 2004 VN750 w/8600 miles on it.

I need to do the Grambo's Trick to quiet down the valve train.

Next up on my list: Lubing the splines.

A big THANK YOU to the members here for taking the time to share their knowledge and experience. I have alot to learn about this bike , but I love riding it!

2004 VN750 8600 miles 3/2012
installed windshield,
replaced final drive seal,
lubed splines,
new saddle bags,
cleaned carbs,
new gellcell battery.
I love this bike!
already put 1500 miles on the bike this year!
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Gav45.
I wish I had bought a bike when I was 45, 10 years earlier than I did.

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

H-D windshield
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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
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Thanks OlHossCanada, the info in the link was great!
I have changed the oil and found some good info in the forums so that I did it right. I did use a synthetic blend oil 10/40.
The top of the motor is a little noisy when it is cold but after it warms up it quiets down.
The bike was recently serviced by the Honda dealer when I purchased the bike, so everything should be good. I hope....

2004 VN750 8600 miles 3/2012
installed windshield,
replaced final drive seal,
lubed splines,
new saddle bags,
cleaned carbs,
new gellcell battery.
I love this bike!
already put 1500 miles on the bike this year!
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Thanks OlHossCanada, the info in the link was great!
I have changed the oil and found some good info in the forums so that I did it right. I did use a synthetic blend oil 10/40.
The top of the motor is a little noisy when it is cold but after it warms up it quiets down.
The bike was recently serviced by the Honda dealer when I purchased the bike, so everything should be good. I hope....
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Why you should learn to do your own wrenching:
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You might find "Dan`s Online Motorcycle Repair Course" to be helpful too:
http://www.dansmc.com/MC_repaircourse.htm

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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


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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Gav, welcome to the madness know as VN750.com

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Welcome to the forum. Never trust a shop, especially a dealership, to do anything right. They can, and most do, but all it takes is one snafu and your engine can be toast.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Thanks everyone for the good advice. After changing the oil I did the grambo's trick and it really quieted down the noise in the top of the motor. I also think the synthetic blend oil helped too. I have looked the bike over well and everything looks good at this time. I did have to weld a cracked heat shield on the left side. This will do for now, I will look for a new one later. I did have one of the round chrome frame caps fall off some ware. I need to find a replacement. Any ideas?
Once again thanks everyone for your help.

2004 VN750 8600 miles 3/2012
installed windshield,
replaced final drive seal,
lubed splines,
new saddle bags,
cleaned carbs,
new gellcell battery.
I love this bike!
already put 1500 miles on the bike this year!
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if the Grambo trick helped, then I strongly recommend you order some TOC manual cam chain tensioners. The Grambo trick will not last long, and the noise will come back. Your tensioners have already failed. Hopefully the cam chains and sprockets are still good.

Do the spline lube yesterday. It's that important. It is a time consuming job if you have never done it before, but well worth it. It can save thousands of dollars in final drive damage.

A dealer will not likely have checked those two items. Most don't even know about the cam chain tensioner problem, and no dealer I've ever heard about is going to spend the labor to do a spline lube on a bike they are selling.

After that, the rest can be done later. Go through the maintenance schedule in the owners manual and do everything but the swing arm and steering head lubrication. Only do those if you find a problem with them. Same for replacing the brake hoses. The manual says to replace them every 4 years, but that is not necessary. Go by their condition. If they are badly cracked replace them, otherwise they are still ok.

I do recommend removing the entire air injection system and CA emissions crap is you have a CA bike, The AIS is on all Vulcan 750s, and can cause some running issues, besides just cluttering up the bike.

Please keep the original air filter housings and filters.

Life is not a race, so don't treat it as such. If you don't believe me, just take a look at the finish line.

I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.


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