Magna rider turns to VMax to cure speed addiction

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  1. May 13, 2012 #1

    hijacker

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    Just a bit to introduce myself, some of you may already recognize my username from the v4musclebike forum.

    I live in Durand, Michigan about 40 miles east of Lansing. I've had a 3rd Gen Magna for a couple years and have been loving that bike. The 3G Magna and a VMax are both on the top 5 bikes I want to own at some point before I kick it.

    A chance to swap my '95 Magna for a '94 VMax came up and after extensively test riding the bike to make sure everything was in good working order and 2nd gear was ok I agreed to the trade.

    This is the Magna I had... 32,000 miles, show room pristine...


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    This is the VMax I now own... 21,000 miles, also show room pristine...

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    So far I'm loving the VMax (of course). The power and accleration are addicting.

    It does need new fork seals and a new rear tire, but other than that it seems to be in great shape.

    I'm looking forward to riding with Beekeeper and some of the other guys from Michigan, hopefully soon!

    Chad
     
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    Welcome to the forum ! I hope you enjoy the Vmax
     
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    Chad,

    I am in Chesaning and your bike does look mint. Did you get it local?

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    You got the best of that deal for sure! Welcome to the forum.
     
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    Got it from a guy name John who lives in Holt.

    Chesaning is just up the road, I work in Owosso.
     
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    Welcome to the forum! Nice bikes and nice trades!
     
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    Very Nice bike Chad. Look forward to meeting up / riding with you during some of our Michigan rides ! :punk:

    Welcome to the VMF !!
     
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    Welcome hijacker! Good to see another Michigan Vmax'r on here and by the looks of it you picked up a nice one. Your Magna is a very nice looking bike, I really like that generation as the line really flow well IMO.
    I hope to meet up with you on one or more of the runs this spring and summer. You should look into going Baldwin Blessing of the Bikes coming up on the 20th, I believe.
    Also join our social group located on this site. To navigate to it click on "Menu" above and look down about midway of the list of links for "Social Groups" and click on it. Then choose "Michigan Vmaxers" and join the group. You can choose to receive a email anytime somebody posts in the group by looking for "Group Tools" on the bar just above where all the posts are at, look to the far right.
    Again Welcome to the site and the Vmax world!:punk:
     
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    I had the same story....I owned a 1st gen Magna, an '85 V30...."baby magna". For a 500cc it was really quick, would take my buddy's 96" harley and would run to around 110mph. It was also really smooth and surprisingly torquey considering it had little 125cc cylinders.

    Knew I wanted another V4, figured I'd go right to the top, got a Vmax.


    '94 has the lions share of the updates, digital ignition, wider forks, and improved(though still not great) brakes.

    You don't have the newer regulator/rectifier('98, iirc), or the updated shift drum segment ('00, iirc). Both are direct replacement for the older years if they become a problem.
     
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    Nice bike and trade, i find interesting you were able to still own a yellow bike! Welcome a board!:clapping:
     
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    I went from a Vmax to a 94 Magna VF 750C and back to the Max. Honda was a total dog to me and couldn't stand it power wise. I did run square over an armadillo in a rain storm at highway speed around a big sweeper with it and she barely wobbled. Saved me from a nasty wipeout so I'll always be thankful for that!
     
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    Congratulations
    Great trade Hijacker.I'm a charter member on V4 Muscle Bike.All though i'm allways on the VMF most of the time.That must be a coincidence with both bikes the same color & all.You got the better deal for sure.Be careful with it. They can get away from you.:welcome_sign:to the VMF
     
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    Welcome my Michigan Vmax brother!
     
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    Thanks for the welcome guys.

    I'm getting some good info from this forum so far, I'm not new to bikes in general, but I am new to the VMax specifically so I appreciate any tips, tricks or "watch out fors" from the experts.

    I think I got the best of the deal as well, looking around on craigslist I think he could have sold this bike for $4500+ pretty easily. The Magna is worth about $3200 tops on a good day.
     
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    Welcome to the Max owner's club, and to the best interweb site for it!

    You sure will enjoy it, just watch out for that mod monkey..

    :)
     
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    welcome to the forum.........nice trade..............that back tire is far from bad.:biglaugh:...............i dont change them till they are square and cords hanging :rofl_200:eek:ut.............................see ya on a ride sometime soon..........
     
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    Sidewalls are cracked. I'm worried about it blowing the whole time I'm riding it so the cost of a rear tire is worth the piece of mind.
     
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    You are so right!

    Here are the preferred tires for most people of this forum:

    1. Metzeler ME880 not V-rated, but quality and longer lasting. Slightly pricey.

    2. Shinko T230 Tourmaster super-grippy, wears a bit faster, cheap but some people have reported mixed quality (dodgy runout, needs more weights than usual to balance)

    I personally run the Shinko and love it esp. for its grip, including in the wet.
     
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    Welcome to the forum! Saw pictures over on the muscle bike forum, that was a nice upgrade for sure!
     

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