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06-09-2013 06:13 PM
hellsoldier35 Im leaning toward a vn800 or vn900 or even a meanstreak seat for mine just not sure yet. I also though about buying another vn750 seat and take it apart and put in memory foam and cut the back part off so its square in back. Once I get my garage built I'll probably take my bike all apart and powder coat everything I love the blackout look. I'm planning on buying a old oven and my own powder coating guns to have fun with making my own stuff.
06-09-2013 06:10 PM
hellsoldier35
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Originally Posted by Fenris View Post
If you're looking to lower the bike to make it easier to mount I don't think the 1/2" difference will help too much, although i'm sure every little bit will help. The biggest change you could make is to modify the seat and get rid of the sissy bar/back rest. Never really realized how awkward it was to mount the bike until I removed the seat. HUGE difference.

I see you ride two up though, so guess you'll have to see how comfortable she'll be with that idea.
Yea I've tossed the idea around with her at getting a different seat and getting rid of the backrest but her response was ok go for it while your at it make it a solo LOL she has a bad back as well and really loves the extended backrest and I hate it LOL so she wins but I'm still planning on getting a different seat from another vulcan though. I've though about throwing on 11" or 11.5" progressive shocks but I'm worried about bottoming out on the tire since my weight it still 260ish but I'm losing it fast so it really depends on the time I get ready to buy the shocks to see how much I still weigh. So far I've lost 19 pounds in 2 months so its coming off fast my goal is 200-215 is were I always feel good so that's my goal by Christmas. But a new seat is in order that's on my long long list of parts for my bike I'm spending $100 per month of parts so it's going to be a slow road to getting my bike done but it's going good.
06-07-2013 05:30 PM
blazblu82
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Originally Posted by hellsoldier35 View Post
Hey Blazblu82 Sanco still sells the coasters go to sancospecialties google search and order from that website there nice coasters those are the ones I'm using and they polished up nicely.
Eh, I'm fine with my modified reed housing. Only cost me whatever it was for the 2 1/2 inch copper caps. I already had black engine enamel and make-a-gasket stuff.
06-07-2013 04:54 PM
Fenris If you're looking to lower the bike to make it easier to mount I don't think the 1/2" difference will help too much, although i'm sure every little bit will help. The biggest change you could make is to modify the seat and get rid of the sissy bar/back rest. Never really realized how awkward it was to mount the bike until I removed the seat. HUGE difference.

I see you ride two up though, so guess you'll have to see how comfortable she'll be with that idea.
06-06-2013 04:12 PM
hellsoldier35 Hey Blazblu82 Sanco still sells the coasters go to sancospecialties google search and order from that website there nice coasters those are the ones I'm using and they polished up nicely.
06-06-2013 01:12 AM
blazblu82 I'm 6' 2" with a 34 inch inseam and the only bike I ever attempted to mount like a horse was the KLR650. Now that is a tall bike!
06-06-2013 01:02 AM
hellsoldier35 growing up I had to do that type of mounting and unmounting since my dirt bike was to tall it works though. Maybe I'll go back to that way of getting on and off I'll have to try it.
06-06-2013 12:16 AM
Knifemaker
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Originally Posted by blazblu82 View Post
Doesn't the damper adjuster do the same thing as a pre-load adjuster?
No. It only changes dampening - the speed in which the shock can compress or rebound. The settings on the stock shock only effect compression dampening. (Or so we are told)

Pre-loading the spring alters the amount of weight it takes to compress it further. You could however argue that pumping more air in the shock will do this, but technically you have not changed the springs rate.


I should mention that having a 31 inch inseam myself I always used the "equestrian mount" and never had a problem getting on or off the bike.

To do this, you stand on the left side of the bike while its on the side stand, facing the gas tank,turn the bars full to the right. Hold the right grip with your right hand, applying the front brake. Put your left foot on the left peg,left hand on left grip or top of gas tank.. and stand up on the left peg so your leg is straight. Your right leg just dangling in the air next to it...Simply raise your right knee towards your chest until your foot clears the top of the seat and swing your body towards the front of the bike (pulling with your right arm) and sit down as soon as your ass moves over the seat.....after finding the right peg with your right foot.

This takes more time to explain than do. To dismount, put the bike on the side stand and just reverse the move.

Practice a few times and you'll find the best way to move your right leg over the seat.
Using this method, it makes lowering the bike pointless, as the foot peg is the same distance from the seat no matter how low (or high) the suspension is set....
06-05-2013 10:02 PM
blazblu82
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Originally Posted by Knifemaker View Post
I didn't say that they are....I meant a 1 /2" shorter shock lowers the rear about 1/2" IF the spring rates are the same.

Stock springs can sag a bit after time, and they have no preload adjustment.

Progressive 412 shocks do have a preload adjustment, so how much they compress is changeable.

As I said, ideally the rear should sink about a half inch when you sit on the bike. As the 412's allow you to adjust this, and the stock units don't, this is why you need to do a bit if measuring to make sure what you're buying will give you what you want.

Generally, lowering the bike any amount reduces ground clearance in turns. Shorter shocks usually have less travel, so comfort may not be as good.

I always suggest lowering the seat before lowering the bike. If all you're after is getting your feet on the ground this much better than changing the height of the bike itself....
Doesn't the damper adjuster do the same thing as a pre-load adjuster?
06-05-2013 09:55 PM
hellsoldier35 Well I'm 5'8 and I touch the ground just fine my biggest issue is my back and my knees Ive had 2 left knee surgeries and getting ready for a right knee surgery and my back is all screwed up that's why I'm not going to get my bike ready to ride this year I'm waiting for surgery which sucks but it needs to be done. Swinging my leg over the bike is getting harder that's the biggest reason why I want to lower it but I also like the way this Vulcans look so I'd hate to sell it these are great bikes. I'll be doing the measurements here in the next few days so then I'll know which way to go. Thanks for the help Knifemaker it helped greatly.
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