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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, I am brand new to motorcycle riding! I had been looking at a few bikes so i could have a better commuter vehicle than my car as well as I thought since i am not married yet now would be a good time to get a motorcycle. I got a 2004 750 Vulcan with 23000 miles for 1500, need new tires and a new battery other than that it just has a few cosmetic things i might fix later on. The guy selling it couldn't pay for it anymore so i got it for a good deal and the little i have ridden it, it has been great. I am still in the process of getting a good helmet and jacket. I hope to be able to come here for some help in the future, I have already been here several times so I thought I would finally sign up. Any tips?
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Hey, welcome!! I was new to riding last year, and bought a 94 with 28K miles as my first bike; I love it.

You got a great deal! I paid 2K for mine, and it also needed tires. If I had known how expensive motorcycle tires are, I would have tried to get more than 500 bucks off the price that I got. Get a volt meter and install it if you can, at 32K miles my stator died, and I found out the hard way about 100 miles from home!!!

Good luck with the bike, and check the forum often, it's awesome.....

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Bought 4/2011 28k Miles,
New Rick's Motorsports R/R
Tim Parrot Stator
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A good helmet and jacket are a must, take care of that right away. Welcome to the group and ride safe!

"Show me a man who makes no mistakes, and I'll show you a man who doesn't do things." Theodore Roosevelt."

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Congrats and Welcome.

Be sure to sign up with your local Motorcycle Safety Course.


1986 Black Kawasaki Vulcan VN750 "Black KAWK"
VN750 #9300 & VROC #33453

EMGO Handlebar, V&H Exhaust, Drop Shocks, Raised/Painted Fork, MeanStreak Seat, Tank Bib, ME880 Oversize Tires, Engine Guard, Custom Mirrors, Chris Products Turn Signals, Ear Shave, 150/42 Jets, PINGEL Fuel Valve, MCCT, Volt Meter, Shendegen R/R, AGM Battery, Coastered, .020 Coils, Relo Gauges & Headlamp, SilverStar Ultra, LED Flashing Brake Light, Center Stand Delete, WOLO Airhorn.
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2001 Vulcan 750
TOC upgrade on ACCT
Air/fuel mixture set to 2 1/2 out
rectifier relocated
splines lubed
decals removed
upgraded mirrors
Pic up coil mod done
All LED lighting
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Welcome to the forum, Check the verses https://www.vn750.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=36
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new ride. Make sure to take the safety course and get the helmet, jacket, and boots right away. You never know when you need that protection. The VN750 is a great bike and you will love it as much as we love ours. Tell us where you're from.

Ride safe and have fun.

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Congratulations on getting a Vulcan 750. It is a good bike, with a few issues, but if taken care off will last a long time. My '02 has 72,000 miles on it. Check out the posts about the spline lube (you need to do that yesterday) and the cam chain tensioners, this bikes two main problems. And definitely get some training. I highly recommend the MSF course.

And PLEASE leave your intake system and exhaust stock. Resist the temptation to do the earshave thing and cut up your exhaust, unless this is just a project bike you plan to get rid of in the not too distant future. With 23,000 miles on it, left stock, and properly maintained, it will last practically forever. With that many miles on it though, I would recommend replacing the defective oem cam chain tensioners with TOC tensioners. Many Vulcan 750 engines have been seriously damaged or destroyed by failure of the oem tensioners. Everybody makes a big deal out of the stator and R/R, but those won't destroy your engine. The cam chain tensioners will.

I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.

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2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
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Welcome to the forum friend. You will find this a very helpful group.

Live Free, Ride Much My Friends


85 VN700
Replaced crankshaft and rod bearings
sportster mufflers installed

To do
Repaint tank, frt fender, and side covers
add saddle bags
add luggage rack
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness.

Regarding riding gear, black seems to be the favorite color for cruiser riders.

Do yourself a favor and research HiVis jackets and helmets before spending a lot of money on something else.

As I mentioned in LibertyPilots thread tonight about his being cut off by 3 different cages on one ride, these Hi Vis clothes are no magic talisman, but they do seem to cut down the number of incursions into your space by drivers who really are trying to see you.

Lighter colors will also be much cooler in hot summer weather.


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

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