It’s been a while since I posted anything, so I thought I’d post the continuing story of my motorcycle. There may be a few posts today, since it is, in fact, my 16th wedding anniversary. 🙂

Picking up where I left off in Part 1, The fuel sending unit arrived, was installed and is doing exactly what it is intended to do… tell me how much gas is in the tank.

I did end up taking that carburetor off again, for a much more thorough cleaning. The carb set for this VN750 is in three parts, two carbs and a central piece that connects them together. I took it off, took it apart and allowed each part to soak for 24 hours in some Berryman Chem-Dip Carburetor Parts Cleaner. All pieces came out looking like new and it beat the heck out of purchasing new carbs at the bargain price of about $1200 each! Ouch!

Having had the bike for a little over a year now, I have definitely learned and remembered some things. One important item I’d like to get back to is proper helmet fit. As you may recall, I purchased an HJC F70. While I love this helmet, I have found that it is only suitable, for me, for short rides. I found that, during long rides, my forehead feels like it is on fire, after about two hours. No bueno, for anything outside the state. For helmet sizing, there is the obvious choice of a helmet that will, simply, fit over your head. Taking it a step further, one must also take into account the shape of one’s head. My HJC F70 is an “intermediate oval”… slightly elongated, front to back. What I need is a “long oval.” HJC doesn’t make a long oval helmet, so we’re back to the drawing board.

Bottom line on helmets, it is not just about the brand and basic size. Also, don’t do it online unless you know exactly what you need. I went through three online orders before I found one that would simply fit over my head. Do it in person and be sure to ask about inside shape. A bad fitting helmet will eventually reveal itself and by that time, you might not be able to return it for one that fits correctly.