First Time Caller Long Time Listener - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
New Member Introductions First Post?
Make your big introduction here.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 7
iTrader: (0)
 
First Time Caller Long Time Listener

Actually its more like, first time rider long time fan. I bought my first bike yesterday. You guessed it, a 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Silver and black.

I rode a buddies Honda Shadow and fell in love with bikes, now Im an owner.

PD
pstrdenver is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 11:59 AM
Senior Member
 
kc2dgq's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,353
iTrader: (13)
 
Garage
congrats! and welcome to the group!
kc2dgq is online now  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 12:06 PM
Member? ... check.
 
ZCraggRatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 514
iTrader: (4)
 
Garage
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.

~~C8> Ratt
________________________
'91 VN750 - Cosmic Splendor/Candy Wine
Done: Coastered, .020 ign., Iridiums, VM
Plexistar II, MCCT's, Relocated MOSFET
Next: LED's
Will Do: Horns, Shave(maybe)
ZCraggRatt is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 01:13 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)
 
Talking Me Too

48 years old, just bought my first bike ever yesterday. '01 with the silver and black color scheme. Can't seem to wipe this grin from my face. See >>>
livelongandprosper is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 02:20 PM
Senior Member
 
shark88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central, PA
Posts: 2,500
iTrader: (27)
 
Garage
Welcome to the group you guys!

"Show me a man who makes no mistakes, and I'll show you a man who doesn't do things." Theodore Roosevelt."

2007 Victory Kingpin
Current projects - 1986 VN750 & 1988 EL250
shark88 is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 04:07 PM
Senior Member
 
Stones750's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Littleton, CO
Posts: 223
iTrader: (0)
 
Welcome! Does the Denver in you S/N mean you're another Colorado local?

86 Vn750
Coastered
De-Goated
Ears shaved
"Custom Pipes"
"Custom Seat"
Apes
Stator Mod
Malteese led Turn Signals (Rear)
Paid 750.00$ for her in 2005 w/ 9k
Currently @ 23k and counting
Stones750 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 06:43 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
JM2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rochester, New York
Posts: 1,803
iTrader: (1)
 
Welcome to the forum

JM2001

" Loud Pipes Risk Rights "

2001 Vulcan 750
marbled
TOC upgrade on ACCT
Air/fuel mixture set to 2 1/2 out
rectifier relocated
splines lubed
iridiums
decals removed
upgraded mirrors
Pic up coil mod done
degoated
All LED lighting
Upgraded Mosfet rectifier
JM2001 is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 01:06 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)
 
Oh no!

Thanks for the buzzkill ZCraggRatt. Now I'm scared to death to get on my '01 for fear of wrecking my splines until i can invest the time to check it out.;-)

Actually, all the stuff you've suggested here is exactly why I sought out this site. Very good information. Thank you.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZCraggRatt View Post
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: url deleted because I'm a rookie
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: url deleted because I'm a rookie

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: url deleted because I'm a rookie

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.
livelongandprosper is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 10:22 PM
Linkmeister Supreme
 
OlHossCanada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 7,960
iTrader: (8)
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by livelongandprosper View Post
48 years old, just bought my first bike ever yesterday. '01 with the silver and black color scheme. Can't seem to wipe this grin from my face. See >>>
Welcome to the Vulcan madness ll&p.
Glad to hear you didn`t wait as long as I did to buy my first scoot at age 55.

Gordon

1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/11-vn750-general-discussion/9127-top-ten-items-you-would-suggest-new-owner-do-his-new-ride.html
OlHossCanada is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome