I am new to this website, new to riding street motorcycles and a proud new owner of an ’85 VN700! So to say I am a newbie is a definite understatement!
I have owned my bike for 5 days so far, purchased it Wednesday for $550. The bike has 14,200 miles on it and is in excellent condition as far as I am concerned. Starts right up with no problems, even though the guy I bought it from said to rebuild the carbs, I don’t know if it really needs it.
I have ridden 60+ miles so far and I am already in love. I purchased this bike to help supplement my 80+ mile per day commute between home-work-college-home. 16 MPG in my F150 is getting old real fast, if you know what I mean.
Anyways, I digress, my apologies. I love this website, however, there is SO much great information, it can be overwhelming. Here are the two questions I can’t seem to find a definite answer to.
1st: Air Filters, are they the same on my ’85 as ’86? All filter companies show compatibility with ’86 and up, are mine different? Will K&N KA-7586 fit?
2nd: I just purchased oil and a filter to do a change, the oil I bought is the same as I have always used in my truck, “Mobile 1, SAE 5W-30 Full-Synthetic”. It DOES say “energy conserving” on it. I trust this oil very much and believe it to be one of the very best available, however, I am new to motorcycles, do you see a problem with using this oil?
Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions. As I become more proficient, I look forward to submitting useful information myself in the future.
This site is great! Talk to you soon.
’85 VN700w/14,200 miles at current.
Work completed so far….
New front brake pads
Rear checked, doing fine
New front and rear Metzler 880 Marathon tires (HUGE improvement, wow, great tires!)
1 tank of fresh gas, lol, 91 octane because that’s what it said to use, I guess I am supposed to us 87 from now on?
That’s it so far.