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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
You can still get most parts for the VN700, and if you wanted to replace the 700 engine with a 750 engine, all the parts are available. The 750 cylinders and pistons might even fit the 700, don't know of anybody who has ever tried it. In fact you might even be able to bore the 700 cylinders to fit the 750 pistons. The 700 was was only made one year, and only for U.S. sale, to duck the "Harley tariff" I doubt they did anything but sleeve the cylinder down a tiny bit.
What kind of XS? The only XS I know of you can still get parts for is the XS650. Those are great bikes, I've had two.
I also had a Goldwing project last year, an '85 1200LTD that was given to me. After spending several hundred hours of work and around $2000 on it, I finally have a very nice running dependable bike. By far the most frustrating thing about it was trying to find parts. Sadly there is just no support for vintage Japanese bikes, the XS650 being one of the few exceptions.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike