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I have had a lot of issues with my bike this season, starting to notice parts are becoming scarce, it actually took two weeks to get throttle cables, and stock body parts are near impossible to find as I found out when my power commander died recently and I entertained the thought of getting a stock air intake and exhaust to keep life simple. What are your goto source for V2k parts and accessories?
 

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I've had luck using eBay, FB VN2000 group members, and this forum. Some parts seem to fit from other bikes, the M109 shares same sized fork seals, the HD 133 tooth Panther Belt is a straight swap, and some VN900 parts are interchangeable. Other parts can be modified to fit at well, some take little modifications to get on right.


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You did a heck of a job on that bike friend, and thanks for the info.
 

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I have a couple of Kawasaki bikes from the 1990s that I bought new and keep in new condition. I save searches on eBay and buy parts when I find them. You can often find new old stock for discontinued parts by looking world wide for the parts. I have had very good luck buying from sellers in the UK and Germany for new old stock, especially the UK. You have to be active in checking search results because new old stock parts can disappear quickly.

I have purchased a huge number of used parts for those two bikes on eBay. Never had a problem. I buy mechanical, electrical, structural. I buy wiring harnesses so I can harvest the connectors for my bike. But I ask essential questions about the part prior to purchasing and ask for additional pictures if needed to get a complete view of the part. Sometimes, you have to just buy the part and assume it may be in a condition you don't find acceptable, but if you are willing to do some work on it, it will be a valuable part. For example, I have bought alternators to rebuild, and radiators. One I had rebuilt by a specialist in motorcycle radiators, just last year. I have also purchased used Junction Boxes for my ZX9R and I have removed the PCBs and tested the components on the boards, removed and soldered in new parts where necessary, so I have some spares sitting around.

You will find crossover for brakes, most likely. If you can find the OEM part number, try putting that brake part number into a system on the web for the part, such as Bike Bandit or Babbitt's Motorsports (dba KawasakiPartsOnline, as I recall), and see where it says it fits. You might be surprised that the part is used on something newer and you can still purchase that part under the other bike model number. And I am talking about Kawasaki bikes. You don't have to look to another manufacturer. You also may find crossover for the internal hydraulic parts and some electrical parts.
 

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Good to hear, im keeping this bike a bit longer although I rode the milwaukee 8 street glide and indian dark horse and they constantly stay on my mind :devil2:
 

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I just bought a V2K that had been laid down to canibalize it for parts. I also want to keep my V2K on the road for a long time without dealing with the dwindling support for a discontinued bike. I'd hate to have to park it because I can't get parts for it.

My V2K is getting a lot of miles on it, and I've been looking at what could make a good replacement. About the only bike that I think rivals it mechanically is the Victory, but I don't like the styling nearly as much as the V2K.

I got all excited about the Milwaukee Eight too - until I read that it has a twin-cam crank in it. I'll buy a Harley when they put side-by-side rods on a one-piece crank. Till then, I'll ride my V2K - for many years to come, I hope.
 

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I just bought a V2K that had been laid down to canibalize it for parts. I also want to keep my V2K on the road for a long time without dealing with the dwindling support for a discontinued bike. I'd hate to have to park it because I can't get parts for it.

My V2K is getting a lot of miles on it, and I've been looking at what could make a good replacement. About the only bike that I think rivals it mechanically is the Victory, but I don't like the styling nearly as much as the V2K.

I got all excited about the Milwaukee Eight too - until I read that it has a twin-cam crank in it. I'll buy a Harley when they put side-by-side rods on a one-piece crank. Till then, I'll ride my V2K - for many years to come, I hope.
I know nothing about cranks and the v2k engine is in my opinion slightly more powerful than the Milwaukee 8 but honestly not enough to struggle to find parts for this bike, there are about 8 hd dealerships that i can name off close to southfield, mi, and maybe 1 metric dealer that works on Kawasakis as long as there were not made before 2005, bike been down all summer for small issues, and one big issue, finding parts
 

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With the Harley you get a 6-speed, so no need for eurogears and such nonsense. Aftermarket support is fantastic. Dealers are everywhere, and you get membership in the Harley club. Most people agree that Harley makes the best looking bikes.

But the crankshaft - the heart of the engine - is made of several pieces that are pressed together. It is a cheap way to make a crank that doesn't belong in a quality machine. The crank in just about everything else is one piece of steel. Some of these press-together cranks fail in as few as 20k mi. Not all the cranks fail, of course, but too many of them do, and when the crank goes, the engine goes with it. Harley had the chance to fix this major design problem, and chose to ignore it.

So you take your chances with a Harley just like with anything else. You can buy a Victory and get a lemon, I'm sure. But the design of the Victory engine is sound, where the Harley design is not. But hey, motorcycles are all about what you like. Get what you want and ride!
 

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With the Harley you get a 6-speed, so no need for eurogears and such nonsense. Aftermarket support is fantastic. Dealers are everywhere, and you get membership in the Harley club. Most people agree that Harley makes the best looking bikes.

But the crankshaft - the heart of the engine - is made of several pieces that are pressed together. It is a cheap way to make a crank that doesn't belong in a quality machine. The crank in just about everything else is one piece of steel. Some of these press-together cranks fail in as few as 20k mi. Not all the cranks fail, of course, but too many of them do, and when the crank goes, the engine goes with it. Harley had the chance to fix this major design problem, and chose to ignore it.

So you take your chances with a Harley just like with anything else. You can buy a Victory and get a lemon, I'm sure. But the design of the Victory engine is sound, where the Harley design is not. But hey, motorcycles are all about what you like. Get what you want and ride!

motorcycles are all about what you like. Get what you want and ride!
 
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