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10-09-2007 04:49 AM
hyperbuzzin
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Originally Posted by dirtrack650 View Post
I'd like to add I too am 5'7" and the VN fits my size better than any other V-twin.
Are our legs long enough for hwy pegs?
Well, I don't have any mounted to my bike (yet), but I wouldn't think it'd be to bad a fit after seeing Chad's pic of him using his.
10-08-2007 10:18 PM
niterider I am 5'2" and can barely get past the factory foot rests. It is a great ride for me. I had a 600 mile round trip no problems with bike. My age causes the joint pains, not the bike.
10-08-2007 10:06 PM
curtis97322 I'm almost 6'3"...
10-08-2007 09:44 PM
Ccspinner I am 5'9" and my Highway pegs work great.
10-08-2007 02:18 PM
dirtrack650
Touring and Rider size

I'd like to add I too am 5'7" and the VN fits my size better than any other V-twin.

The back rest made from luggage is a back saver... Great post hyperbuzzin.
Are our legs long enough for hwy pegs?

What I don't like about my GL500 compared to the VN is it's very top heavy and I'm on my toes when I stop. It does have awesome ground clearance - no chance of grinding on the corners with that thing!

Anyone over 6'5" on their VN's?
10-08-2007 12:11 AM
hyperbuzzin I've done several 3 day - 1000mi.+ rides on my Vulcan. I personally don't have much of an issue with the stock seat, but I was on dirtbikes a lot longer than the Vulcan, so I'm kinda used to an uncomfortable seat.

On one of my longer rides, I used an external framed backpack mounted on the rear rack for most of my lighter luggage (ya want to try to keep the center of gravity nearest the center of the bike as ya can). The heavier stuff went in the saddlebags (keeping the weight low on the bike is also a good idea)

I did one of those rides with the PlexyIII shield. It took some getting used to, but it never had me feeling too uncomfortable if a gust caught me. Just gotta remember to ALWAYS pay attention while riding. Sure, the view may be spectacular, but there not much to view from a recovery bed if something catches ya totally off guard! If you want a good look, pull over, experience the view, then ride on.
And, don't forget, controlling a bigger/heavier bike that will still get some effects from wind could wear you out faster/easier than having to control a lighter bike.

Experience plays a big roll in knowing what the bike will do in certain situations (such as wind gusts). Like Curtis said, get used to really long rides a little bit at a time, don't rush it all at once if you haven't already done rides atleast 1/2 as long as what you expect to do for visiting your daugher.

I have stock handle bars. I'm about 5'7" and have them mounted just about parallel to the forks and that works good for me.

There may be some "universal" fairings you could make fit with some creative engineering, but there was one made specifically for the 750 Vulcan, but they're usually hard to come by and go for near top dollar when they are offered for sale. But some people have got lucky and found them cheap.

The limited mileage didn't bother me or my riding buddy much, seeing as we both smoke, so the fuel stops were kinda looked forward to.

Some kind of highway bars would be a good idea. More than a few types have been made by bike owners themselves, out of easy to acquire parts and pieces. Just need some minor mechanical skills and it's not to hard to come up with something that'll work. (just be sure they're mounted securely!!)

And, one requirment for sharing all this personal experiance.....

....TAKE A CAMERA!!! We want ride pics!! LOL
And good luck to your daughter at school!!
10-07-2007 03:39 PM
dirtrack650
Just for Fun

I bought a Honda GL500 for $200 to play with. With a 4.7 gal tank, solo seat, tons of luggage space, shaft, prolink mono, air forks, faring, and 60 + mpg, I rarely ride my VN on long trips unless it's with the V-Twin crowd. I have lights everywhere on the thing including spots and I never worry about battery charge, hot starting issues, stator burn out... It just runs and runs -all the way up to 10k RPM!
10-07-2007 12:07 PM
curtis97322 One caution is that with a windshield (I recently put one on and love it) you DO get tossed around a bit more in dirty air/ strong winds (it's been unseasonably windy... started the DAY after I put the windshield on).

I HIGHLY recommend the mustang seat. There's one on e-bay currently and they sometimes pop up here and at the Y! group. 320166905167 is the item # for the one on e-bay (the link was posted by another member here).

It goes without saying that ya probably want to take a longish ride (2-300 miles round trip) before attempting the LONG ride you're talking about. I semi-routinely take trips to the coast with my wife on the bike (2-300 miles round trip). We and the bike handle it with no problems - though I don't think I'd want to do much more than 500 miles per day.
10-07-2007 10:14 AM
theauhawk I'll be happy to add my experience here, too....

The main thing I would caution against is the seat. For many people, the stock seat does induce "butt burn" after about 70-100 miles of riding.

Several solutions are available, but what works best for you is of course up to you.

I think this bike is much better for long-distance rides than a lot of other cruisers because of how it's equipped:

*shaft drive--no chain to lube or adjust. Just make sure the splines are properly lubed!!!! Funny how all the big touring bikes don't have a belt drive, either.....

*a centerstand--makes repairing a flat tire easier (or dare I say it, even possible?). Try repairing a flat without a centerstand! The centerstand also makes it easier to check oil levels, tire pressures, & loading/unloading the bike. I use it at fill-ups, too.

*tubeless tires--makes repairing a flat very doable in the field. With a tubed tire, good luck...! No spokes to tune or adjust, later.

The fuel tank is 3.5 gallons, which should give you a range of 150 miles, no problem...assuming the bike is in good tune and tires are properly inflated.

I'm not sure that it's totally fair to compare this bike (which retailed for 6 grand) to the big touring bikes and cruisers (which retail for twice as much, or more). But this bike uses notably less gas than they do....cruises comfortably at 70-75 mph, and that's fast enough for 2 wheels, most of the time.

The bike has a true counterbalancer in the engine, and (in good condition) is vibration-free from idle to redline. So you shouldn't have problems with numb hands after a long ride.

The AMA has some good touring advice, at: http://www.amadirectlink.com/roadrid.../33secrets.asp

Otherwise, most of the info given in this thread I'll go along with.
10-06-2007 11:26 PM
dirtrack650
It'll be a good ride

I've done a lot of touring on bikes that weren't sold as touring bikes so here's my take on your questions...

Anyway, my questions:

1. Has anyone done any long distance touring on their VN750s?
A: Only 350 - 400 a day. Some have done much more.

2. If so, how did the Vulcan do?
A: OK for a 750. Small gas tank, underpowered if trying to keep up with touring bikes (wings or other big twins) especially if you are loaded down. If you are riding in hot weather, the fan and the rear cylinder really heat me up.

Did it get tossed around a lot in dirty air?

A: For me, yes. I was riding in Eastern Washington and got caught in a dust storm with high winds and sand - very unpleasant.

Did you wish for more weight, more stability, or was the Vulcan OK?
A: I wished, but nothing happened ;-) Yes, yes, and OK. The skinny front tire doesn't track as smooth as the big boys.

3. Did you use the stock handlebars, or did you change them for touring purposes?
A: Stock at the time. I now use Kawasaki black anodized from a Spectre.

4. Does anyone make a larger windshield or a full fairing for the bike?
A: For me this is a must to reduce fatuge
http://www.memphisshades.com/metric_home.shtml

5. Any suggestions about outfitting the bike for long distance touring?
A: Lots of luggage space, bright clothes, vibe reducing gloves, a backrest, and ibuprofen. More luggage space, cup holder.

Making or buying a rear rack to hold a small cooler is a good addition. If you don't have bags on your bike you can add a great deal of luggage space with 'carry on bags' thrown over your seat. Tank bags are great too.

One more thing - stay in a hotel with a hot tub!
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