Hey guys, It's been a long time since I've been on the boards! They got a face lift and 234234234 new treads since last I was here.
I'm looking for opinions on a course of action. I'm $100 bucks away from paying off my 2004 VN750, she's at 32k and I've already replaced the stator (@#[email protected]
#$) and I'm considering doing some work on her to make her fit better. I'm 6 foot 6 and she gets rather cramped when I'm riding for a long time or have the GF on board.
I want to be able to take day trips or even weekend trips, but even an hour and a half gets uncomfortable because I have to sit back on the "hump" of the seat with my knees above the gas tank, destroying any kind of "riders triangle" or other ergo-fluff-stuff and my legs are locked into one position during any given ride. Highway bars don't really work, because I'd need them to go about 4-6 inches forward of the radiator to stretch out my legs proper.
The two options as I see it are thus:
1) install forward controls and get a custom seat set about 1 inch higher and an inch back so my a** doesn't go numb after sitting for 20 minutes and throwing forward controls on her to give me room for floor boards and some flexibility.
2) Sell the bike to avoid 30k maintenance and the upgrades and buy a "bigger" bike. I haven't seen many bikes short of a touring bike or electra glide at 1500cc that is actually physically bigger in the leg room department than the vn750.
So two questions are:
Is there something I missed in my options and secound, what kind of money can I expect to be spending on maintenance over the next 10k?
I know these babies can go 90k if you treat them right and I really like the Vulcan, actually fitting on it just becomes a nuisance so If I can get around that I'd be quite pleased.