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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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It's official! I have just taken my FIRST ride around my block on my new Vulcan!

Admittedly, I'm a little nervous going over 30 mph right now but at least I'm in 3rd gear. This is so much fun!

I own a 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan VN750. It has a bit over 10K miles on it.
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My nephew has it's twin! You really should take the beginners ,MSF riding course if you have not been riding speeds up the learning curve a lot.Most of us older guys on here started on dirt bikes and moved on to street bikes.We learned the hard way but you don't have to,Welcome to the forum and be safe

If you see it on my bike I did it
92 vn750(sold)
Current ride 05 1500 Classic FI
lovin' the new scoot

"When all is said and done,usually more is said than done" UNK
Click on one x and drag to the other to read between them.

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XI waited patiently for the Lord; and he turned unto me, and heard my cry. X
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It only gets better from here!

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My mind says sport bike, my body says cruiser. mind won: 2006 Z750S.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 01:24 PM
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Welcome! and congratulations!
Nice looking ride you got there. I agree with Denny...look into the MSF coarse if you are new to riding, and also read through the forum to get familiar with common things to look out for with these bikes. I recommend the "verses" section as a beginning point in your learning about the VN750.

Be safe and enjoy!
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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 01:28 PM
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I remember my first ride. After all the effort I've put into my bike I'm still happy I went with the VN750. Here's a good getting-started list that I've compiled.

When purchasing a used VN750, we suggest performing the following tasks to ensure a happy bike, and a safe riding experience.

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 oil. Replace as needed.

VN750 Specific
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
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars

1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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Hey denny6006! I absolutely took the MSF basic rider course. It was tremendously helpful. I don't think I could have made it around my block without it. I have never even driven a manual car before and I've been driving for 20 years. This is all new to me. Thanks for the welcome!

Hey Stewart! I'm sure it does!
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Hey kc2dgq! Thanks for the pointers. I'm definitely going to read through this website thoroughly. There's a lot to learn.

Hey thtanner! Thanks for the advice. I'm on it!
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness. This is where you will learn to love the VN 750 for all its unique features both good and bad. Thankfully the positives far outweigh the minimal negatives. Now that you have gone around the block it is time to get to know your bike and you already have received information as to the best place to start, Vulcan Verses. Also be sure to ask any and all questions as the people here have done and failed to do anything you may come across with their own 750. Good luck.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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Thanks Vulcan2000!
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Welcome to the forum I remember that shaky feeling it was let me see 1973 when I rode around the estate test riding my first on the road motorcycle, well alot of test rides later and I still love biking, hope you have as much fun as I have had
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