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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-25-2012, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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hello forum, just bought a 89' kz vulcan 750---1st time i've owned one of these, still have my trusty 81' 550 ltd , too-------just saying hello, and i'm sure i'll have some questions----will be going thru the bike, changing oil, ect---anything i should do out of the ordinary before getting on the road?-----thanks all, in advance...
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Welcome to the forum. Checking the splines for proper lube is usually the number one suggestion. Check the " Vulcan Verses " under Forum heading.

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welcome to the group!
Check the screen when you do an oil change...inspect it for any debris that might tell you if something is going on inside the engine case.

Make sure your battery and charging system is working properly. Weak battery will cause a whole host of symptoms.

Inspect the wiring harness...especially the ground connections to the frame by the battery box...clean any dirty connections and cover them with dielectric grease

Inspect the stator wires from the left side of the engine....they run up behind the engine to the front of th battery box. If there are 3 bullet connectors, inspect them for heat damage. Do not bunch them together...they do get hot and need to breathe a bit so they don't melt together and short out.

Read the verses section for great info and things to look out for. Use the Google search function at the top of the page to find more information on something you are not sure of.

Good luck!! and enjoy!
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X2 on checking the splines..Welcome to the group.

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hello forum, just bought a 89' kz vulcan 750---1st time i've owned one of these, still have my trusty 81' 550 ltd , too-------just saying hello, and i'm sure i'll have some questions----will be going thru the bike, changing oil, ect---anything i should do out of the ordinary before getting on the road?-----thanks all, in advance...
OK, which is it? a KZ750 or a Vulcan (VN) 750
The KZ is a side by side twin cylinder, and the VN is a V-twin.

picture and specs of a KZ750:
http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kaw...50_m1_1982.php

BTW, welcome to the two wheeled madness, whether aboard the KZ or Vulcan.

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OK, which is it? a KZ750 or a Vulcan (VN) 750
The KZ is a side by side twin cylinder, and the VN is a V-twin.
I think '85 was a transition year, both KZ's and VN's (700's). I'm not sure there are any KZ's (7xx) after '85. There was a 1000 (police).

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OK, which is it? a KZ750 or a Vulcan (VN) 750
The KZ is a side by side twin cylinder, and the VN is a V-twin.

picture and specs of a KZ750:
http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kaw...50_m1_1982.php

BTW, welcome to the two wheeled madness, whether aboard the KZ or Vulcan.
Its definately a VN Ol Hoss
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Here's my new owner's check-list.

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

VN750 Specific
Inspect, and lube the drive-shaft splines. Moly 60 or better is suggested.
Replace your battery with an AGM or Gel style battery.
Replace your spark plugs with NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Replace the stock Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners with Manual Cam Chain Tensioners, such as the ones manufactured by TOC.
Perform an rear-end oil-change.
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.
Inspect the charging system on the bike. The stator is known to fail, which can cause the R/R to fail as well.

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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


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1st rides on my new (old) vulcan !

hey all !--i just did a few rides after checking my bike through and cleaning it good .....it has 16k miles on it ,..( an 89')..i found that it has all new cables on it, new levers, new filters , new oil, original tires (w/ 50% tread), --all i have done is put iridium plugs in it, some seafoam and the gas tank was empty ,...tell me kawasaki didn't build great bikes !!!!!!!!!--this bike is 23 years old, has been taken care of and rides like a new bike !---it;s all stock and i luvvvvv it,..the onlyyyyyyyyy thing that isn't working is the horn,-- it works sometimes,..probably a dirty contact in the button or a wire point,....thanks for all the great info here----it will be well used to keep this bike on the road for another 23 years !!!!!
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