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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy! and a question

For a little background, I've driven a motorcycle about 45 minutes in my entire like, and that was about 25 years ago. I'm finally at a point in my life where I can have a frivolous thing or 2. So I'm shopping for my first bike, one that I can learn on, pass competency and get my bike endoresement for my license, and drive back and forth to work. So, I'm looking for a 750, and was looking at a KZ750LTD but the guy wanted too much money and wouldnt budge.
90 minutes ago I found a CL ad for a 1995 VN750, 13k miles. I called and am going to look at it tonight.
My question is, what should I look for? I'm mechanically inclined, but to autos, not bikes. What model-specific problems should I look out for? I know about rust in the tank, cracked tires, etc, but are there special problems that the VN750 is known to have?

I'm gonna go see it in a couple of hours and knowing the nature of forums I may not get an answer before I go. At the price they are asking, it would have to be fairly major for me to not buy it. I've admired the VN for a long time...
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Welcome.

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OK fine, I've been on forums for about 10 years and I DO know that one of the more severe crimes is posting a question without searching first. It's annoying that some people are so lazy they can't be bothered to look for the info themselves. Trust me, my case Wasn't laziness, it was excitement. Forgive me for temporarily losing my mind. I have found my answers I think.
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actually Skyboxer, if you read through the Newbie threads you will see that 9 times out of 10 we recommend the Vulcan verses right off the bat, even without a question.. reason being.. there is a ton of useful information there...

now with that out of the way, Welcome to the best motorcycle forum on the net.

biggest things to look out for when purchasing a vn750 is that stator out put... check the battery voltage at both idle and at around 4500-5000 rpms. You should get around 12.5-13.0 volts at idle and up to 14.5 at 4500-5000 rpm. Next on the list, ask about maintenance... especially the rear splines (this refers to lubing the final drive/drive shaft connections).
As far as mechanically getting into a used bike, I think you will do fine. I was intimidated at first, but came to the motorcycle world with roughly 25 years professional experience working on automobiles and found that there is very little difference. One last thing, if you hear a ticking sound coming from one, or both, of the cylinders, don't be alarmed its probably just the automatic cam chain tensioners starting to fail... (search ACCT to MCCT conversion, or TOC). its an easy fix, but costs about 115 in parts (15 to 20 minutes to install)
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness skyboxer.

Check around under the battery box for any acid spillage on the frame and wiring connector to the regulator/ rectifier.

My `91 had about the same mileage when I got it as the bike you are looking at, and it ran like a scalded cat!! Hope you find find a well cared for machine when you go to see it tonight.

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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
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Thanks for the welcome! I bought it, for roughly 50% of book retail. It has some little problems. Right front turn signal is gone. The last owner was a lady, not that it matters, but said turn signal died in a fall and wasn't replaced. She used it to learn how to ride herself. The cooling fan has a loose wire I need to repair. That worried me a bit because even though she said it never ran hot, she was trying to sell me a bike. Battery box looked good but it doesn't have a sealed battery, yet.
It has some nice loud mufflers, and the stock ones as well I can put back on if I wish. I'm crossing my fingers that the major mechanical stuff is as solid as it seems. I would have to sink a fair bit of money into it making it right before I would feel its a bad deal.
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So now it`s official, you are a Vulcaneer!
The User CP allows you to put your location in every post by filling out your profile.
The signature is a place to put info about your bike. Model year, mods etc.
Congrats on getting a deal on the new-to-you scoot.

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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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Welcome! There is nothing wrong about a question as in what to look for, especially when it deals with buying in a hurry, you need to know that info fast before someone else snags the bike under you! The verses has good info, but is horribly written!
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Thanks for the welcome! I bought it, for roughly 50% of book retail. It has some little problems. Right front turn signal is gone. The last owner was a lady, not that it matters, but said turn signal died in a fall and wasn't replaced. She used it to learn how to ride herself. The cooling fan has a loose wire I need to repair. That worried me a bit because even though she said it never ran hot, she was trying to sell me a bike. Battery box looked good but it doesn't have a sealed battery, yet.
It has some nice loud mufflers, and the stock ones as well I can put back on if I wish. I'm crossing my fingers that the major mechanical stuff is as solid as it seems. I would have to sink a fair bit of money into it making it right before I would feel its a bad deal.
welcome to the forum,and the sickness.the only cure is twisting your right hand.she is probally right about it not running hot.the only time my fan comes on is when it is sitting idleing for a loooong time

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