OK guys, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.
Of course that opinion is only as good as your experience.
Jerry has 30 plus years experience as a professional trained auto mechanic.
He was an amateur auto racer and builder for much of that time.
I believe he has been riding a wide variety of motorcycles for most or all that time as well.
So he has a lifetime experience working with mechanical objects, and the knowledge and education to know how cars, trucks, motorcycles and internal combustion engines operate.
He has modified his bikes to suit his desires and needs.
They are safe for him, and he knows their strengths and weaknesses.
I may or may not agree with everything he says, or the modifications he has made, but I could say the same about other members as well. I do find his arguments and explanations interesting, educational, and thought provoking at the least.
I have been working on my father`s cars and my own vehicles for 40+ years without any formal training, just personal interest and help from my dad who was a heavy duty mechanic.
But I have no experience working on motorcycles, even though I have had a mc licence since I was 14 years old.
Jerry is one of only 2 or 3 members who find the stock VN750 seat entirely satisfactory and comfortable.
It seems most of the rest of us suffer from "monkeybutt" to some degree after 30 minutes or so of riding.
There are lots of guys here who are making mods to their bikes that I think are unnecessary, and sometimes even unsafe, ( think hardtails and excessively tall apehangers for example, or overly loud exhaust systems). But it is their bike to modify and improve, (or wreck), according to their own vision, experience and skill. Maybe if I tried apehangers I might like them too.
The vn750 is my first bike, and I only have 6 weeks of actual riding time on it before my accident where I dragged my left leg along a guard rail for 50 feet, badly breaking my left leg, which left me unable to ride for almost 4 years to this point. I am hoping to be back riding in the next month or two.
For now I am satisfied to ride my bike in stock form as it came from Ma Kaw`s factory.
When I get more riding time in, I may well decide that there are things I want to change on my bike too. I suspect the first will be highway pegs, a back rest and some sort of throttle lock.
I am very interested in trying a car tire on the rear wheel (going to the darkside! LOL), but find many local riders at bike night are opposed to even discussing the idea, almost to the point of fisticuffs.
Maybe I do need to wear out a couple of motorcycle tires before going to a CT, so I am better able to judge the merits or disadvantages to the experiment.
Dragging pegs is another contentious issue. Some feel it is dangerous and something to be avoided at all times. Others live for the thrill of leaning over to the max in the twisties and dragging pegs on both sides as they switch from side to side. I hope to develop my skill to the point where I am comfortable dragging my pegs in a turn.
So a forum is a place to share ideas openly and freely.
We don`t have to believe or accept everything we read, but we need to be civil even when we disagree.
Differences of opinion are to be expected, and the way we learn and progress in finding better ways to do things.
So share your thoughts and ideas, but leave the boxing gloves at home.
That`s my opinion, for whatever it is worth.