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I've had my 2006 vn750 for almost 2 years now but haven't had time to modify it to suit me. now that i'm done remodeling the house i have some time to tackle this bike. i realize that all my questions have certainly already been addressed before on this forum but here are my predicaments:

this bike seems to have virtually no aftermarket parts available. so i bought a stock seat from ebay and have already started messing with it (i can't stand how the stock seat looks with that ugly backrest thing sticking up.) i cut the backrest off and folded the vinyl covering back and under the seat and stapled it down. now i have to figure out how to secure the seat because i have removed the chrome sissybar thing and the storage box. i have actually been riding the bike with this seat just sitting there, which probably isn't advisable but oh well. ideally i need to make this modified seat easily interchangeable with the stock seat because when my wife wants to ride with me, she's got to have the backrest.

another problem: i'm tall. about 6 foot 2 inch tall. i need to get my feet further forward. i want a cheap set of footpegs that are easily installed.

also, i don't like the position of the handlebars. a little too high and a little too close to me. i want something lower and further forward. are drag bars what i need?

if i de-baffle my mufflers, do i need to get the bike rejetted?

it probably sounds like i hate this bike. i don't. i got a great deal on it, so i decided to buy my first motorcycle. i like it, and with these changed i would love it.
 

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thank you for the suggestions. i'll check out that engine guard. i found some foot pegs on ebay that i love.

ebay item# 370367403719

they look like they would easily bolt onto anything.


as far as moving the handlebar position: no i have not tried that. not a bad idea. im afraid they might still be up too high for my liking, but its worth a shot.
 

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Yes, I might be interested in a swap. Yours sound more appealing to me and mine sound more appealing to you. Yes mine are completely stock and un-modified. As soon as I get a chance to post some pics I can show you how they look. They are a bit discolored in places. They have never been cleaned and polished on a regular basis. There is also a spot where it appears that someone rested the heel of their boot on the right muffler. There is a bit of black rubber melted onto the pipe near the brake lever.

The only problem with swapping will be having to park the bike for a few days or a week while the parts are in shipping. oh well. Do you have photos of yours? I'm looking for a little more rumble, and also the added strait pipe sounds like it would look nice. I'm curious how that looks.


km60155- thanks for the info. glad to hear if i do exhaust work that i dont have to have the added expense of rejetting.
 

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Do you have any photos of your pipes that you could post?


Does anyone know how long it takes to remove the exhaust pipes? Just glancing things over it looks pretty simple. I'm assuming i will need to get a new gasket set for the new pipes. any suggestions on where to purchase that?
 

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thanks for noticing. i bought an old vn750 stock seat from ebay. then i removed my backrest bar, storage box, and current seat. i am saving those so that i can re-install them anytime i have a passenger. with the newly purchased seat i first removed the staples that hold the fabric to the back rest. then i folded the seat fabric out of the way, thus exposing the foam seat padding and hard plastic layer of the backrest. then i used a reciprocating saw on slow speed to carefully cut the backrest off. i first tried with a simple utility knife but that stuff is too hard to cut by hand. then i simply folded the vinyl fabric under the seat and stapled it down. i like how it turned out, but my problem now is how to secure the seat and cover up the area where the backrest bar used to fit into. i'm going to have to get some sort of piece custom made i guess.

if you do this i just recommend to take your time and be sure not to cut too far down. you can always trim some more off if your first cut isn't low enough. good luck if you try it. and if anybody has a suggestion on how to finish my job, i'm all ears.
 

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dlam27, thanks for the tips on the seat mod. I will look to ebay for a less than perfect seat to cut on (mine is in great shape) and I would hate to mess it up. Thanks again and I will let you know how it goes.
You are very welcome. I'll be curious to find out how your project goes. Maybe between the two of us we can find a nice looking solution for the exposed bracket area where the backrest bar used to fit into!:beerchug:
 
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