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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Recently Got 1985 Vulcan 750

Hello, my name is Jerry Hilton.

Just wanted to introduce myself. I have a 1985 Vulcan 750, only gave $600 for it. Got a great deal! The bike is in great condition. A few dents and scratches, having a few problems with the engine backfiring. It has been sitting for over a year.

Just installed new spark plugs. Are there any suggestions on other things I should check out?

Love the bike and how it rides! It's my first bike ever, so kind of excited to get riding!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 10:58 AM
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Welcome to the boards. I humbly offer you my New Owner's Checklist.

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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 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
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

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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Hello, my name is Jerry Hilton.

Just wanted to introduce myself. I have a 1985 Vulcan 750, only gave $600 for it. Got a great deal! The bike is in great condition. A few dents and scratches, having a few problems with the engine backfiring. It has been sitting for over a year.

Just installed new spark plugs. Are there any suggestions on other things I should check out?

Love the bike and how it rides! It's my first bike ever, so kind of excited to get riding!
Any relation to Paris? Just askin'.

Where are you from Jerry? You might want to look into the safety course in your state. It's a great way to get going on 2 wheels safely. I'm positive others will chime in here shortly offering all sorts of things you can do to maintain you're new-to-you ride. It's 2 wheeled conduit to freedom and the open road. Welcome aboard brother, it's a wild ride.
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Is it a USA bike thought they only did the 700 in 85 changed to 750 in 86, O welcome aboard
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Welcome Jerry.

"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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Current projects - 1986 VN750 & 1988 EL250
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Congrats on your acquisition and Welcome to the VN750 madness!

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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