In Awe of the new to me Beast
Just in the last couple of years I have gotten into riding motorcycles. 2 years ago I started with a couple of mid 70’s Honda XL 250’s. Last fall I bought an 85 Vulcan 750 for almost nothing and taught myself how to ride on the streets. Last spring, I saw a 05 VN2000 for sale and was, “just going to look”. I was a bit intimidated by the beast and didn’t plan on buying it but no one else was interested, the guy needed to sell and after a month of him lowering & lowering the price it got to a point I couldn’t pass it up.
When I realized the beast was different… First ride I turned onto a 2 lane Highway, I had a good gap but figured I needed to get to speed… I was use to riding my tired 30yr old 750 with which I need to keep the rpm’s up or it will stall. First gear was fine but going into second, I had the rpm’s up, thought the clutch was out completely and ended up popping the second half of the release. What went through my mind “So this is what Supermanning feels like” and “thank God I am Ef-ing hanging on tight”.
I know I am just beginning to find out what it can do and I really do not have much of a perspective to compare to other bikes but I do know I am spoiled. I am in complete awe every time I go into a turn at 50mph and with a quarter turn of the throttle half way through am coming out at 80mph or when passing a vehicle almost instantly going from 70mph to 90mph with that same quarter turn of the throttle.
When I bought it:
3200 miles, custom paint with all badging removed, Highway bars, show chrome radiator cover, Vance & Hines pipes, upgraded grips, green LED lights, LED bulbs in the headlight and I don’t really know what else.
What I have done:
Dropped license plate, mounted a used pair of Road King leather covered saddlebags with EZ-Brackets and have just bought the Mustang seat from Norwegian off this board. I haven’t received it yet but tracking says it will arrive Monday. Very smooth transaction so far.
I have read through almost all of the threads from the first 6 pages in the VN2000 section. I am learning a lot and will continue to read threads as time permits.
What I am interested in doing:
Resistor Mod, Big Barron Air Intake with a processor, 8”-12” Apes (I would like to have largest rise using factory cables), Highway pegs, will go darkside when needed.
I have read some things that are done for winterization/maintenance. If anyone has time I would appreciate a list of suggestions and or links to threads with instructions (please assume I am an idiot).
Oil Change (will use Rotella T6)
Checking & Adjusting drive belt tension
How to tell if rear bearing has been upgraded while on bike
How to grease or replace other bearings and which ones should you do this to
What pulleys should I be checking and how