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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Howdy all,

Time to introduce myself. Name is Brian and I live in Columbia, MD.

I've been lurking for about 2 months now after I decided to get my license and found a VN750 as my first bike.

In the 2 months or so that I've had the bike (and 2.5 months since I got my license after the BRC) I've put on about 1k miles with making short trips at night to practice and, after last weekend, a nice long trip up to Gettysburg, PA.

I've been reading the forums pretty much daily since I got the bike and have started trying to work on the suggested tweaks that I've seen. I don't have a garage so even if I want to do some of the work myself right now it's just easier for me to make plans to take it to the shop. Luckily it seems like I found a good one last night who will be taking care of the spline lube for about $40. I'm going to talk to him about doing the ear shave and possible degoat later. I did swap out the battery and plugs (go me!) so it's a start.. last time I did any work on a vehicle was my 69 VW Beetle.

I might be heading up to Gettysburg bike week for a day or two with some local people. That would be my first bike rally/show/thing.. Still learning the lingo.

Plans for the near future for the bike.

Possible back rests and/or extended back rest. This is mostly so when I let the kid on the bike I feel a little safer with him having something to hold on to.. speaking of that.. if anyone have any tips for riding with an 8 year old (who has been on the back of another bike a few times (not with me) I would be interested.

Saddlebags and/or luggage rack. Someone gave me a set of T-bag luggage but I'm not sure if I can mount it on my bike currently. I tried to set up the small back turned around so it sits on the seat but wasn't feeling very secure with it so took it off for now.

I ordered floorboards and highway pegs from Chad and they are on the way.

Degoat and Ear shave (liked the look without the filters on the side) but, as I said above, this might be a shop thing.

As a new rider I have to say I'm hooked... I think last week when the weather was really nice I was on the bike more often than I was in the car. Though now I have developed a strange feeling where I feel the vibration of the bike in my chest even when I haven't been on it for a few hours... I think it's calling me back

I'm going to be looking to meet some local cruiser riders (this area is real popular for crotch rockets) and see what I can learn from them.

2004 VN750 bought 05/24/12

Replaced battery with MF
Replaced plugs with Iridium
Floorboards and highway mounts from Chad
Added 900 Seat with rest
Relocated rear turn signals to break light

Luggage rack
Saddle bags
Lube Splines
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Welcome to the group Brian.

"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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Welcome to the group!

I have a 7yr old and I suggest you keep him off for a while until you get more comfortable with the bike.
The bike handles and feels very different when you have a passenger....depending on your setup and the passenger. If he is a "good passenger" and can reach the foot pegs, it is your choice if you feel he is safe to have as a passenger.

Good luck and ride safe!
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness.
X2 to kc.^^^^^^
Get a years experience riding by yourself before carrying a passenger, especially if you have to ride in a lot of traffic. Taking the youngster for short rides around the neighborhood may be ok, but avoid high speed highways until you have more experience.


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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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Congrats and Welcome to the VN750 Insanity!

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