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Hi,

It's been a while since I've been to the forum. And to be honest, not sure I posted much if anything when I joined a number of years ago.

A brief history about me and my attraction to Kawasaki's VN750 if it's ok.

In the spring of 1990, I purchased a new 1989 VN750A5 with 0 miles. Sold it some years later with 46,000 miles on it.

In 2011 or so, I purchased a 2003 VN750 with 23,000 miles on it. I rebuilt the carbs, new rubber, lubed the rear splines, opened and rebuilt a dead rectifier. Then, a few short months later, due to the previous owner's lack of maintenance, (clogged coolant weep hole) the coolant passed thru and wiped out the oil pump bearing. A $1600 bill to replace a $12 bearing. The bike has sat for the past several years as I have no enclosed building to tear down and rebuild the engine.

I will be picking up a 2006 VN750 with 7350 miles in pretty nice shape for less than the bearing repair on the '03. So, I'll have two 750s, one running one not.

With a new 10'x16' shed coming, my plans are to tear down the '03 and fix the problem. Not too worried about making mistakes since I'll have another one to keep me happy in the interim.

This site is loaded with great info, tinkerers and mechanics with insight and great ideas that helped get my not so well running '03 running like a champ up until the oil pump bearing was wiped out. Thank you all for the great site. It amazes me that so many people still look at the VN750 as a great bike and regard it as highly as I do.

I'm still trying to figure out how to look at the 3rd party hosted pictures on this site via photobucket w/o paying photobucket. I've never encountered that before on any other forum I've registered with.

Regards,

RustyFuryIII
 

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welcome back to the nucking futhouse. Photobucket sucks monkey balls

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I really enjoyed the process of rebuilding our '90. It's really therapeutic at times.

Having one assembled to reference helps a ton too!

Can't wait to hear about progress.
 

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Thanks all,

I'm stoked, I pick up the bike Saturday morning from the dealer..

When I went to look at it last week, the temps outside were in the low 20s. She started sluggishly, not that it wanted to start at all. In fact, she sputtered and died numerous times. I figure with less than 8000 miles on the clock, it's sat, a lot. I do remember the bike even when running tip top, is a cold nature d beast. The fuel is probably bad and the carbs could be gummed up a bit. I really don't want to ride it until I've given it a good, thorough going over mechanically. In fact, I'm going to roll 'er up into the back of my truck and drive the two home. Also, it's going to be 7 degrees this morning. Not that I've never ridden when it was that cold, just that there's no sense in riding a poorly running bike. Just not fun.

I'm looking forward to pulling and tearing down the carbs, I almost feel that it's a prerequisite when getting one of these back on the road after sitting so long. I've got to look at the output of the VR. Going to open it and move it anyway. Lots of fun stuff to do before Spring. Man I miss riding.

Last week we got our new 10'x16' shed. My wife, son and I have outfitted it with interior and exterior lighting, sub panel, outlets, insulation, work bench and shelves. I now have a place to work on stuff besides the kitchen table. I'm looking forward to working on both bikes and someday, getting the '03 torn down to get to the water pump bearing. I can picture a VN750 engine on the kitchen table. Honey, could you pass the salt? Not sure the Mrs. could though, hence the delay in repairs to the '03.

Anyway, I'll post up some pics of both bikes when I get the '06 home.

Yeah, I can be a bit long winded, sorry.

RFIII
 

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yeah gots me one in the bedroom

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Yes sir, my buddy rebuilt a 650 1966 triumph engine, in the kitchen, on the table. Real bikers here!
 
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