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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Flushing, NY
I took Armen's class just last Fall, so he'll be well familiar with seeing someone work on the VN750 ("the Kowalski"). In fact I may well go another round just so I can learn how to futz with the carburetor.
You don't take the subway there, you ride your bike, it's a hands on workshop on Saturdays! Why, on the very first Saturday #1, I removed the rear wheel and lubed the spline. He had Moly 60 on hand, too. FWIW I now also have it, since you live so close to me you can come by and borrow it (I live about 3 miles NE from the Main St. station in Flushing), just drop me a PM.
Also under his supervision, I changed the fork oil, the fork springs (to progressive springs), the engine oil and filter and spark plugs (I'd already done that before though), bled the brakes and changed the brake fluid, drained and changed the transmission fluid, and added a Powerlet socket to the "auxiliary" power wires already running through the stock fuse box. Also removed the fuel tank for some reason I no longer remember (I think just to get a look at the electrical layout).
As a bonus, I dropped the spacer for the progressive fork springs down the tube, and got extended hands on experience in removing the entire front end of the bike to turn the forks upside down to shake out the spacer. And in replacing the front brake pads, too, after they fell out of the shoe in so doing.
Good times. Lots of fun and a great confidence builder in futzing with your bike (and seeing the guts of various other bikes as well). It definitely made me appreciate how easy the VN750 is to work on, with its center stand, easy to access spark plugs, fuse box and fluid draining locations, etc., compared to some of the other bikes there!
"Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea." (Despair.com)
Last edited by robardin; 02-09-2010 at 04:34 PM.