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Hey Internet world!!!

In my first year of college, I decided to piss off my parents and get a motorcycle, and what better choice than an '86 Kawasaki Vulcan 750???

I LOVE the bike. I LOVE the lifestyle. I LOVE the freedom you feel on the open road.

Any tips, suggestions, initial repairs or maintenance, or any kind of advice at all would be appreciated, I have zero knowledge of the thing and I would like it to last as long as possible. Or if you're just looking to chat drop a post my way.
 

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Hey Internet world!!!

In my first year of college, I decided to piss off my parents and get a motorcycle, and what better choice than an '86 Kawasaki Vulcan 750???

I LOVE the bike. I LOVE the lifestyle. I LOVE the freedom you feel on the open road.

Any tips, suggestions, initial repairs or maintenance, or any kind of advice at all would be appreciated, I have zero knowledge of the thing and I would like it to last as long as possible. Or if you're just looking to chat drop a post my way.
Welcome to the forum. All the info you need can be found here.
 

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Welcome Welcome!

Start with the Vulcan Versus and read, read, read... I started 6 months or so ago and am still reading... Loads of great information...

Stay Safe.
 

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness stabbert!
Click on the "ten things" link below in my signature and you will find more than ten things (LOL) to check out on your bike sooner rather than later.

Especially note fergy`s link to his rear driveline spline lube. This alone could save you big bucks.
Clean and service the rear brake drum, shoes and pivot points while the rear wheel is off too.

Kanuck69 has info about a searchable vn750 service and repair manual in this thread, and a link in his sig line too.
http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17667

Good luck with the new-to-you scoot. Get some training and take the MSF beginners course soonest, if you haven`t already.:smiley_th
 

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Congrats and Welcome. All the info you need has already been posted.

BTW, I strongly urge you to take the Motorcycle Safety Course, riders with muliple years of riding walk away more informed than they thought they would have.

Ride Safe.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Hope you like to read because there is absolutly a ton of great topics and people to read about and if need be help you to rebuild the bike from ground up :smiley_th
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Like everyone else said...read the Vulcan Verses Section...and then everything else...lol
Do make use of the Google custom search at the bottom of the page for specific keywords before posting. I am sure that whatever questions you have to ask have already been covered.

The group is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable, so if you can't find what you are looking for, by all means ask!

Where do you reside? and what condition/year is your bike...post pics if you can! Be safe, and enjoy!
 

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Thanks for the FANTASTIC information guys. much more than I was expecting and I appreciate it. To answer your questions...

I'm taking a rider safety course soon. Just signed up

I have an '86 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, in great shape, only about 6 thousand miles on it.

I'll post pictures as soon as I pull it out of winter storage. Which by the way...

Any tips for pulling it out of storage? I'll definitely change the oil and check tire levels, but I'm not too engine savvy and I'm trying to become engine savvy.


Thanks again guys!
 

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How long has the bike been stored? Was it prepared for storage properly, or just parked after the last ride?

Old tires can be unsafe, even if they look brand new.
Here is a link to help you find and read the 4 digit date code that tells you when your tire was made, and what that means to safety.
http://blog.unsafemotorcycles.com/2010/09/motorcycle-tires-age-matters.html
In this example the code is 3505, which means the 35th week of 2005.

Did the toolkit come in the toolbox in the back of the seat? The Kawi tools are not very high quality, but the 18mm spark plug socket is useful if you have it. If not you need a deepset, thinwall 18mm socket to get the plugs out of one recepticle on each cylinder. I think wib714 has a Craftsman part number for a 3/8" drive socket in his sigline.

Edit-- here is wib`s info: spark plug socket, craftsman part# 44435 18mm deepwell 3/8 drive

If you don`t have any tools yet, consider getting the "Metrinch" wrenches and sockets. You can use the same set on fractional inch nuts and bolts, ie. 1/2", 9/16" etc., as well as 12mm, 14 mm etc. jthill was the member who introduced them here I think.
http://www.metrinch-tools.com/website/introductie.php

Read through the ten things and ask about specific questions you still have.
You need an inexpensive electrical multimeter to check voltages, resistance etc. Probably $10-20 at Harbor Freight.
Probably need a battery tender or low amp (1.5-2 amps) battery charger too.

If you have an older style wet cell battery with 6 caps on top to add distilled water, change it out for a Maintenance Free-Absorbed Glass Mat (MF-AGM) at the first sign of trouble.

This Deka is a good one at a good price, if you can`t find one locally.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Deka-ETX15L...m=270282472155&pt=Other_Vehicle_Parts&vxp=mtr
 

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Welcome to VN !...piss off parents, eh ?...glad both of mine are over 30 and know better, lol.

Any tips for pulling it out of storage?
One word....GAS !...dump whats in there, including a carb draining, and put fresh in with a dosing of SeaFoam. You'll be glad you did.
I have an 85 VN700 that was leaning against a barn for 5 years (what we hillbillies call "storage"). You dont even wanna hear my gas/carb issues. Be happy yours was in storage. But definitely deal with the gas before anything else.
 

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Good stuff, thanks again.

And I am "storing" it in my grandparent's barn. It is covered and there are no mice or anything else running around. But it has been in the cold all winter(about 4 months) and I want to make sure it starts and has no problems when I pull it out.

My grandfather has been charging the battery every sunday, so I'm thinking that will not be a problem but who knows.

So that is the update. Again I REALLY appreciate all of this great advice, you guys are a lifesaver.
 

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Welcome friend. You have come to the right place and the best group of people for advise and help with your vulcan. There are a lot of good experianced vulcan owner/riders. So you will have no problem getting advise and suggestions.
 

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Welcome. Yet ANOTHER '86. Those things must be falling out of the sky. First thing to do is check and lube the final drive splines. Being an '86, that might have actually been done at the factory. I haven't figured out if they ever did it, or if they stopped doing it at some point. Both my new '93 and new '02 had completely dry splines from the factory.
 

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Our 1986 had lubed splines, hard to say though if it was factory or not
 

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okay. I'll need some more info on how to do that. Is there a link on this website I can find with exact instructions? I have little to zero experience with bike maintenance, but I'm very willing to learn
 

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Thanks! I'll get on it right away. Any cosmetic advice? I have a gas stain and I'm wondering if I can get that off. I have some buffing wax too, I'm planning on giving it a go-over but there are still some flaws in the paint here and there. Know any ideas for finding a cheap touch up paint? (Black)
 

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A spline lube isnt hard. If you have any sense with a wrench at all you can figure it out. If you havnt already buy the Clymer manua for the bike, very helpful. Its really as simply as removing the rear wheel (took me about 10 mins) and then just 4 bolts on the final drive and grease up, then re assemble! good luck! any pics of the bike yet?
 

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No pics yet, It's still in storage and I don't have any ways of getting to it right now...a little bit too busy with studies. But my first free weekend that thing is coming out. I don't know where you guys are all coming from but it's a bit cold up here in northern Wisconsin yet....wish me luck!
 

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I don't know where you guys are all coming from but it's a bit cold up here in northern Wisconsin yet....wish me luck!
Who are you kidding?

Cold doesn't start until zero .... until then it's just chilly.

I've been getting the itch to at least fire it up again and tool down the road.
 
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