Welcome to the group!
I looked at both the Shadow and the Virago back in '91 when I ultimately decided on the Vulcan. The Virago felt better to sit on, but the price of the Vulcan won me over. I still love riding the VN750.
Ratt’s Top 9 suggestions to improve the VN750 ownership experience:
1. Lube the Splines … now.
Related Post: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17274
2. Get a maintenance free gel battery.
The VN750 demands a solid energy source. Get one.
3. Re-gap the ignition coil pick-ups to have a .020” clearance.
This mod will provide a more certain trigger to the ignition module. It theoretically advances the spark slightly, though probably negligible.
Related Post: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...ck+up+coil+mod
4. Clean and grease (di-electric grease) the batt(-) ground connection to the frame. Our bikes don’t have the outer skin of a cage, or cowlings and covers like newer bikes. In practicality, our electrics are exposed to the elements.
Clean the batt(-) connection to the engine. Clean and grease the batt(+) connection to the starter motor in the front of the bike.
Clean and grease the stator wire bullet connections, and all R/R connectors.
5. Replace the stock spark plugs with iridium plugs. Part#: NGK DPR7EIX-9
Iridium plugs provide a more concentrated spark for more energy delivered to the air/fuel mix. Pow!
6. On a stock bike, run the air/fuel mixture screws at 2 to 2-1/2 turns.
Run the screws in all the way in until they seat (gently). Then run them out 2-1/2 turns. This is regarded by most as a good starting point for the correct air/fuel mixture.
7. Clean the tank ventilation system to avoid POOG’s.
Related Post: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17572
8. Replace the ACCT’s with MCCT’s.
If an ACCT spring breaks or comes loose, you may not know it until your pistons mangle your valves. It’s risk assessment, and insurance.
9. Occasionally, clean the kickstand switch with lubricating contact cleaner. Wipe off excess.
It tends to cause problems when dirty, and is exposed to harsh conditions out on the road. Some folks remove the switch all together. I keep it clean.
You might want to check the date codes on your tires too. Tires are critical to safety on a bike.
'91 VN750 - Cosmic Splendor/Candy Wine
Done: Coastered, .020 ign., Iridiums, VM
Plexistar II, MCCT's, Relocated MOSFET
Will Do: Horns, Shave(maybe)