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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings from WNY

I am an old HD rider, for 35+ years. When an old friend asked me to help her son dispose of his motorcycle, I agreed. Apparently the bike was bought new for his girlfriend in 2004, and had become a point of contention with his new wife over the last year, she wanted it gone. I figured it could be parted out or scrapped, how good could a free bike actually be? My son and I arrived to find a really dust covered, but near mint 2004 750 with 1360 miles on the clock that had been parked since '06. The only issues are a broken turn signal and slightly bent clutch handle from a collision with the lawnmower in the garage, and one of the little reflectors along the neck has popped out.

When we got it home, we flushed the 6 year old varnish from the fuel tank, filled it with non-ethanol 91 octane, swapped out the oil, and put in a new battery. I was fully expecting it not to run, and would need a carb rebuild. We hit the starter, and after a few fits and spurts it started, sort of. It would barely idle, and wouldn't throttle up, and it stank! But, as it idled, it sort of began to smooth out, and you could hear it begin to fire on both tubes. After 10 minutes, it is running like a new bike.

The front brakes were free when we picked it up, but seem to have frozen now, I am guessing that the first order will be a fluid flush/change, and possible a little grease on the caliper pistons to make sure they move freely. I think this will be a good little commuter bomb, and also a good ride for my son to get licensed up with before he climbs onto a bigger bike. I am in the process of getting the title straightened out ( he lost it, along with the lien release from HRSI kawasaki, which i understand is no longer around and has been sold). It took a bit to get papers signed since he is deployed in Kandahaar at present, but it looks like we are getting close.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 07:49 AM
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Welcome to the forum, from Rochester,NY. I would put some iridium spark plugs in, pour about 8 ounces of SeaFoam in the gas tank, do the air/fuel mixture adjustment, pick up coil modification and do a spline lube. The bike will run better on 87 octane. All can be found by using the search box or going to the Vulcan Verses.

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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

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 01:05 PM
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Welcome to the forum and I give you a friendly warning. Be careful of these VN750s they are an addictive breed. After using it you may not want to part with it so fast.

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Welcome. I also got my 86 free. Needed a lil love with wiring but been doing my own mods. Relocated the regulator. Moved the licence plate to the left coil over mount and got a Vulcan 900 seat from e bay for $50. Now just gotta install new regulator and harness repair I got for $13 off of amazon. Good luck I love mine. And p.s I had to run seafoam and change the plugs out to. With a BG oil change to do today.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 04:28 PM
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BTW, Just today I saw another Vulcan 900 seat on Craigslist $50.00, Phoenix area.

'86 VN750 13,700 mi -Stock
-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks folks. I spent a little more time with it today. Flushed out the front calipers and reservoir 2x and got the crud out, working like new. Swapped out the oil/filter, and did an overall grease and cleanup. Pretty much what I have learned is that I have an essentially new 2004 750, with 1360 miles on it. It is running correctly, about the only 'tuning' I had to do was to set the idle to where I like it, right around 1K rpm, rather than the ~1400 where it was. I don't think i will need to do a lot more to it. As far as SeaFoam goes, I have had some bitter experiences with it, and will never use the stuff again. I'm not a big fan of "cure in an can" stuff, although some additives have merit. Now I need to track down the turn signal, reflector and to a lesser degree the clutch lever, although that is hardly noticable except to me, and I am too picky. I will probably keep it all OEM stock, since it really is a nice little bike as it is. You're right, it feels pretty good, and has a lot of neat little features. ( being a panhead kind of guy, the kickstand switch sort of tickles me a bit...)What iridium plugs do you folks recommend?
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Iridium DPR7EIX-9. Advance Auto has them under part # 7803 for $6.99. Make sure the gap is around .035. They make a big difference in this bike. Can't disagree more on the SeaFoam. I have been using it for over 25 years. It is also highly rated by the members here. Keep the bike stock with minor mods and you will really like it. The power will surprise you as well as the handling.

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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
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Update...got the title issues with the State of Missouri straight...replacment title in 8 days! Sure different than NY. Running fine, but the front brakes have hung up twice, even after flushing them out, I have had to open the caliper bleeders to release them. Brought it home and completely flushed and bled the m yet again, only to have it happen...hate to have to knock the calipers off/apart, but beginning to think it's in the near future. Also discovered a small electrical oddity, which I asked about over in the electronics forum, we shall see what that ends up being. But I am having fun on this little thing, it is a very nimble bike compared to the big inch V-Twins I am used to, and although it doesn't have the ability to shake the ground like they do, it has no trouble getting up and cruising at 70-80 MPH. Neat little bike. Thanks for the help on here, gang.
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the front brakes have hung up twice, even after flushing them out, I have had to open the caliper bleeders to release them. Brought it home and completely flushed and bled the m yet again, only to have it happen...hate to have to knock the calipers off/apart, but beginning to think it's in the near future.
I had a similar problem years back, long story short, my brake lever was not returning completely ... inside brake cylinder is a tiny (pin) hole (not easy to see) which allows proper brake cylinder operation. It was clogged...had to clear pin hole with air pressure.

hope this helps
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'86 VN750 13,700 mi -Stock
-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!
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