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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2018, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone!

-I'm currently in central Missouri near I-44.
-I haven't ridden a bike in about 10 years since I graduated from high school. My dad had a handful of old Hondas that we'd ride around on the dirt roads and in ditches/on trails. I can definitely keep my balance and know my way around a bike. But riding on pavement is new for me.
-I'm pretty mechanically inclined. My dad and I have rebuilt his old bikes, rebuilt old Allis Chalmers tractors (then threw a rod and had to rebuild them again. Whoops), and replaced head gaskets on my old cars. I have a degree in mechanical engineering, and I'm slowly building up my tool collection to do what I need to.
-Fixing up this bike that I bought is my current hobby. I enjoy woodworking, fixing/improving things around the house. Like any good engineer I like to rip things apart and fix/improve them until they're broken. I like mountain biking and hiking/camping with my dogs.
-I bought a '85 Vulcan 700 from a guy 2 weekends ago. The battery was dead and the carbs/fuel tank are varnished up. There's a little bit of surface rust on the chrome, but it has oil and spark (we jumped it off of a car battery) and turns over just fine. I missed the feeling of riding a motorcycle, nothing in the world compares to it. I lived in Texas for the past 5 years and didn't trust other drivers on the roads down there. But in Missouri things are a little bit less hectic, so I figured it'd be a good time to get back into it.
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Glad to have you aboard.
"Rip things apart and fix/improve them until they're broken" a common malady around here. You're in good company!

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Hello everyone!

-I'm currently in central Missouri near I-44.
-I haven't ridden a bike in about 10 years since I graduated from high school. My dad had a handful of old Hondas that we'd ride around on the dirt roads and in ditches/on trails. I can definitely keep my balance and know my way around a bike. But riding on pavement is new for me.
-I'm pretty mechanically inclined. My dad and I have rebuilt his old bikes, rebuilt old Allis Chalmers tractors (then threw a rod and had to rebuild them again. Whoops), and replaced head gaskets on my old cars. I have a degree in mechanical engineering, and I'm slowly building up my tool collection to do what I need to.
-Fixing up this bike that I bought is my current hobby. I enjoy woodworking, fixing/improving things around the house. Like any good engineer I like to rip things apart and fix/improve them until they're broken. I like mountain biking and hiking/camping with my dogs.
-I bought a '85 Vulcan 700 from a guy 2 weekends ago. The battery was dead and the carbs/fuel tank are varnished up. There's a little bit of surface rust on the chrome, but it has oil and spark (we jumped it off of a car battery) and turns over just fine. I missed the feeling of riding a motorcycle, nothing in the world compares to it. I lived in Texas for the past 5 years and didn't trust other drivers on the roads down there. But in Missouri things are a little bit less hectic, so I figured it'd be a good time to get back into it.
welcome to the nucking futhouse. read the Vulcan verses and look into lubing the driveshaft splines

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Welcome, I have an 85 vulcan too an I love it. X2 check and lube the splines.

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Missouri has some beautiful roads! You're in a great place to have a motorcycle. Highway 76 west of Branson has to be about the best road I've ever been on. I'll bet there are lots more there too.

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Welcome to the group.

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Sounds great.....you joined with like company !
Fuel issues can be abundant with our bikes, take your time & be thorough.
How many miles do you have on your '85 ?
Very few 750 items were changed '85 - 2006....parts are available.

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Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery, Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !

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It has about 17k miles on it. The previous owner (before the most recent) seemed to have taken care of it pretty well. A lot of the seals and rubber look to be in really good shape. The seat is torn, and all of the turn signals are destroyed. I guess putting metal on either end of the signal with a rubber shaft in the middle wasn't a good design if they were looking to make it last a long time.
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Welcome,have fun and keep us posted!
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