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|11-27-2007 02:18 PM|
To be honest, I bought mine because a friend of mine, who works in the State Department had come down on orders for Egypt for three years. He sold it to me with a leaking gas tank for $650. I figured for a first bike, how could I go wrong...And I was right. It has given me the opportunity to get familiar with the bike in a way that I would not have had I bought a new bike. I have been wrenching on it, sometimes more than riding it, just because its a 23 year old bike (its older than my kids) with a history (the headlight is from a Yamaha). But all in all, its been less work than had I bought an equivalently-aged car.
Having said all of that, I have always been a Kawasaki fan. When I was [much] younger, in fact, about the time this bike came out, so did the 1000cc Ninja, and a buddy of mine and I were going to come back from Korea and get them...
|11-20-2007 07:16 PM|
I had two criteria: Not a sportsbike, not a big cruiser. Just wanted a bike I could ride around on and enjoy, as well as commuting to work. The salesman pointed out the 750, did some web checking and it looked good.
The 750 turned out far better than I imagined. It's a screamer in the twisties and handles goat trails (my favorite type of road) with ease. Only downside is the electrics, the stator has fried twice. REAL glad I bought that extended warranty.
Plus, the styling is unique. No other bike looks quite like it. If I could redesign the bike, I'd only make three major changes:
1. Make the electrical system more robust.
2. Change the frame so it doesn't block the stator cover.
3. Make the gas tank bigger, 5 gallons at least.
Most of all, the VN750 is just fun to ride!
|11-20-2007 12:13 AM|
|lancer19||I remember first looking at the VN 750 in 1988. I liked the bike back then, but didn't have the money for one. My first experience with the shaft drive was on a 750 Maxim that I use to own. Sold it back in 95 or 96 since I was moving around a lot. Ended up in Massachusetts and had a friend who had (still has)a 1994 VN750. I helped him restore a 1981 KZ1000 LTD. We use to go out riding and would swap bikes halfway through. The KZ was fast! The bike just wanted to GO!! But, riding the Vulcan was more my style and I loved the way it handled. A few years ago I bought a house and didn't have all that much time to drive over to my friend's house to go riding. So, I ended up searching for my own bike and lucked upon a 2001 for 3500. Low miles, shield and bags included. Haven't regretted it at all.|
|11-19-2007 09:14 PM|
|jonathanrsr||I don't know if any of you have ever had this experience, but I had been out looking at a LOT of bikes with my son. Did all the research (and was impressed w/ the VN 750's technology - water cooled, 4 valves @ cylinder, shaft drive, self-adjusting valves, etc), visited all the metric dealers, looked online, but when I saw the VN 750 in person, it almost spoke to me *G*. Climbed on, and everything just felt so right. The bars, the seat, rocking it from side to side - everything just "fit" right - a feeling that I never got from the other bikes I had looked at. That's when I knew that this was the bike for me!|
|11-17-2007 02:38 PM|
Originally Posted by BSkaggs513 View Post
I will drink to that!
|11-17-2007 07:23 AM|
|Live Long and Prosper||
I know what you mean BSkaggs. The shape of the tank is of particular fondness to me, too. I see other bikes with a tank that looks like it's a yard wide and I ask myself how can that even be comfortable?
A few weeks or so back there was a thread about a bigger tank for the Vn. I'd like to have one if it didn't change the overall look or feel to the current one much. But a fat tank is out of the question for me, at least now.
I'm quite happy with the acceleration. I've not had it up to redline yet but it's plenty quick for me. The bike has more capability than I have desire to experience. Sure, there are quicker but I'm very happy with the overall package as is.
I also quite agree with you about this website. Most excellent!
|11-16-2007 10:59 PM|
I wasn't looking for a Kawasaki particularly, or even a Vulcan, for that matter when I bouight mine. I've been riding off and on for close to 40 years (dang that hurts to say), but I was stuck in love with that mid-80's cruiser look. When I finally decided to get back into riding, I was saddened to see most of the bikes had changed their style away from the teardrop tank and low seat position. But...when I saw the Vulcan, I fell in love with it, because this bike had lower miles and was newer than the model I thought I was going to have to settle for to get the look I liked!
I was hoping for a bigger bike than a 750 when I was looking, but I realized a couple of things with the VN750...
1) The frame is bigger than a lot of 750's, so it doesn't look like a 'beginner's bike'.
2) Who needs more cc's when the 750 can blow past most larger displacement twins?
3) I bet none of the other bikes have a site like this one with such great folks who would give their left arm to help a fellow owner out!
|11-16-2007 09:57 PM|
|Live Long and Prosper||How interesting! I've never remotely thought of it as ugly at all. In fact I flat-out LIKE the styling. They're just jealous...... (and probably still making payments!!)|
|11-16-2007 09:24 PM|
The "H" just adds a little more visual description - It stands for "Hairy"!
|11-16-2007 07:48 PM|
Originally Posted by Live Long and Prosper View Post
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