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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Reno!

Hey everyone,

I'm in Reno gearing up for what looks to be a beautiful summer.

3rd year rider, 10k miles experience, 2006 stock 750. It's my first bike.

After some long trips, there my top 3 mods wishlist items are:

1. Hard saddle bags & trunk

2. Better seat (Mustang, I hear) with back rest

3. Highway bars

What do you think? Are these things possible?

The only problem I've had so far is the cam tensioners are clacking like crazy.
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Reno has some great roads, been there riding before. The Bucket O Blood saloon is cool.
Rode to Bodie, and Yosimity. Great roads.

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Here is a compilation of 'to-dos' for our bikes. They're geared towards the new owner, but with 10k miles, you could probably run through the list again (especially those drive-shaft splines!)

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1. Inspect the tires for air, age and wear. Replace if they are too old, or too worn.
2. Perform an oil-change.
3. Inspect all fluid levels. Top up where needed.
4. Inspect all cables. Lube and replace where needed.
5. Inspect the brake's wear. Replace if too worn.
6. Inspect the fork seals, and fork oil. Replace as needed.


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1. Inspect, and lube the drive-shaft splines.
2. Replace your battery with an AGM or Gel style battery.
3. Replace your spark plugs with NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
4. Replace the stock Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners with Manual Cam Chain Tensioners, such as the ones manufactured by TOC.
5. Perform an rear-end oil-change.
6. Buy some SeaFoam, and use in every few tanks. If you are worried about the carbs being gummed up, you can drain some directly into the carbs via the vent hose.
7. Inspect the charging system on the bike. The stator is known to fail, which can cause the R/R to fail as well.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

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Hey everyone,

I'm in Reno gearing up for what looks to be a beautiful summer.

3rd year rider, 10k miles experience, 2006 stock 750. It's my first bike.

After some long trips, there my top 3 mods wishlist items are:

1. Hard saddle bags & trunk

2. Better seat (Mustang, I hear) with back rest

3. Highway bars

What do you think? Are these things possible?

The only problem I've had so far is the cam tensioners are clacking like crazy.
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Hard saddle bags and trunk are possible. with some slight modification/custom mounting, you should be able to attach just about any hard bags to a set of saddle bag mounts.
A trunk would be easily mounted to a luggage rack if you could find a used one for a decent price. (they seem to be impossible to find brand new due to no longer being made) -I custom built my own luggage rack for this purpose. - you may want to take out the tool box behind the back rest for a good fit (depends on the trunk you get of course.)

For a seat, mustang no longer makes em for our bike, but you can occasionally find them used. Another great option is Corbin. (I have a corbin on my rebel and love it) Granted, I suppose I'm one of the few that find the stock seat on the VN750 fairly comfortable.

Highway bars, there are a few options. I bought my bike with an engine guard already on it and mounted foot pegs to it.

for your cam chain tensioners, I would highly recommend getting the TOC Manufacturing Manual tensioners. at $50 each, they are a little pricey, but well worth it. as a secondary, I would recommend converting the current automatic tensioners to Manual. Search the forum, there's lots of info on this.

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Welcome!

Here is a compilation of 'to-dos' for our bikes. They're geared towards the new owner, but with 10k miles, you could probably run through the list again (especially those drive-shaft splines!)
Thanks! Splines are next on my list. Just finished an MCCT conversion. My first ever real wrenching job....well...first that succeeded!

Howto: ACCT to MCCT using Set Screw
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21561

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Hard saddle bags and trunk are possible. with some slight modification/custom mounting, you should be able to attach just about any hard bags to a set of saddle bag mounts.
I guess I'm not sure what saddle bag mounts are or where to get some that fit the bike. I'll have to find out, thanks!


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A trunk would be easily mounted to a luggage rack if you could find a used one for a decent price. (they seem to be impossible to find brand new due to no longer being made) -I custom built my own luggage rack for this purpose. - you may want to take out the tool box behind the back rest for a good fit (depends on the trunk you get of course.)
That was my thought too. Is it better to tackle this after I have the seat/backrest I want? My girl rides with me and I wanted her to have something more substantial than the stock backrest.

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For a seat, mustang no longer makes em for our bike, but you can occasionally find them used. Another great option is Corbin. (I have a corbin on my rebel and love it) Granted, I suppose I'm one of the few that find the stock seat on the VN750 fairly comfortable.
I've never owned an aftermarket seat so I can't really say what will be more comfortable after a day's ride. I've read that the Corbin seats are stiffer than Saddleman, but it's basically down to those two brands now right?


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for your cam chain tensioners, I would highly recommend getting the TOC Manufacturing Manual tensioners. at $50 each, they are a little pricey, but well worth it. as a secondary, I would recommend converting the current automatic tensioners to Manual. Search the forum, there's lots of info on this.
Just finished this project. See sig

Thanks for all your feedback!

Howto: ACCT to MCCT using Set Screw
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Reno has some great roads, been there riding before. The Bucket O Blood saloon is cool.
Rode to Bodie, and Yosimity. Great roads.
Was just at the bucket. Thinking about doing the 6 mile drive out of VC next.

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Look up Slots, he is a VROC member and lives in Reno. Rides a 2006 Nomad.
Great guy knows all the great roads, he was my guide when I was out there.
There is a Big VROC ralley out there by a hotel on the Cal NEv border. Look it up and enjoy meeting great people.
http://www.vroc.org/view_profile.php?user_id=6650
Tell him Chad said Hi.

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