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  1. **SOLD** Looking to sell or trade my 2006 Royal Star Midnight Venture. I picked it up in trade about 6 months ago to use as a daily commuter, but changed jobs shortly after. My new job requires me to have a vehicle with the ability to transport employees or visitors from time to time, so I'm stuck driving a car or truck almost every day. As such, I've only put about 1000 miles on the bike since I got it. As of right now, the bike has 28,957 miles on it. It had a car tire on the rear when I received it, so I put new Dunlop whitewalls F&R, replaced the broken cassette player and door (yeah, the cassette player works), new Slipstreamer windshield, Daymaker-style LED headlight and passing lamps, Kuryakyn red rear signal lenses, Battery Tender lead, new NGK plug caps to go with the new plugs the PO had installed, along with new air filters as well. PO had installed a Barnett clutch plate and springs, dual horns, and a 12v accessory socket next to the passenger seat. I replaced the factory 12V power port in the dash with a dual-USB charger so I wouldn't need to use adapters to charge my phone. At some point, someone replaced the factory mufflers with a set of stock Harley mufflers. Sounds nice and throaty without being obnoxious. It has the usual RSV goodies like factory cruise control, factory AM/FM/CB with four speakers and is wired for factory rider/passenger intercom. I also have a brand new patch cord that would allow the new owner to feed the radio/cassette signal to a Bluetooth transmitter (like a Sena SM10) so they could listen to their Motley Crue tapes inside their helmet. I have replaced the (really tall) factory dual antennas with a pair of shorties because I think they look better, but the original ones will be included. I'll also throw in the luggage rack that fits on top of the trunk, the rails that go around the saddlebags, the clear windshield that was on it when I got it, and the little wind deflectors that mount to the forks. I think it looks 100x better without these things, but that's just my opinion. Since I won't be commuting on it, I'm looking for a basic full-size cruiser (nothing less than 1200cc, or so) or something similar that's a bit more stripped down. I have neck issues that prevent me from riding anything where I have to lean forward, so most "sporty" bikes are not an option. I'm also not interested in vintage stuff or project bikes. This bike is a bit cold-natured (it's a carbureted Japanese bike, afterall), but is ready to hop on and ride wherever, and that's what I'd be expecting in trade. $4200 obo in cash would also work, if you don't have a trade. Bike is located in Lilburn, GA, just east of Atlanta.
  2. It is possible without taking the inner fairing loose. It's a tight fit, but it will go. I just did it a couple months ago.
  3. I've been wondering the same thing lately. I've had good luck with Dyna coils in the past, so that's the direction I'd be going if I knew they'd work. If they'll work properly, I can make them fit.
  4. I don't see anything in those pics that would scare me away, especially the freckling on the visors. They're removeable and not necessary, so there's no reason to even worry about them. The only piece(s) I'd be concerned about are the the fork shrouds, but some Nevr-Dull and a bit of #0000 steel wool would probably take care of most (if not all) of that.
  5. Is that an additional trunk/tour pack?
  6. I'd also be worried about the overall length of the bike compared to the width of the tow vehicle. My '06 RSV, for example, is significantly longer than the width of my 2012 Tundra.
  7. I would be looking at plug boots/caps before coils, but weak coils is a possibility. I've been experiencing a missing/stumbling under load, and I traced some of the problem back to bad factory plug caps. I replaced the ones in cylinders #1 & #2 with new NGK SD05F, and the situation improved drastically. Managed to replace #4 as well, but the factory plug wire on #3 is too short to do the swap. I had to order a bit of 7mm wire and a NGK J1 plug wire splicer. Hopefully I'll have a chance to install it this afternoon.
  8. How often do you intend to haul your bike? U-haul has some really nice little motorcycle trailers that they rent out for dirt cheap. You could haul your bike several times a year, for multiple years, before you got anywhere near the cost of owning a trailer. The only problem I've had with the U-haul motorcycle trailers is the fact that they're not available for one-way rentals and must be returned to the same location where you picked it up. I was told that this is because these particular trailers aren't owned by U-haul corporate, but by the independent locations actually renting them out.
  9. If I had to guess, I'd say he did it because it's already out of the frame so everything is easy to get to. I probably would've done it too.
  10. Let me start by saying, this is not a "for sale" post. I'm simply looking for info at this time. Is there any demand for the stock 2nd Gen Venture antennas? I have both off my '06 and won't be putting them back on, but I don't know if it's worth it to post them for sale or simply toss them into a corner of the basement and save them for the next owner.
  11. I guess, theoretically, you could mount your phone on the reservoir mount and your GPS on the handlebar... I just use my phone as my GPS. 🤷‍♂️
  12. I think it's an okay deal if you're going to keep it and have the time and desire to do the motor swap, but if you're looking to fix and flip, it may not be worth the time/money. Maybe write your offer and name/number on a piece of paper and let him think about it for a while. I don't really think people will be beating down his door to take this project off his hands.
  13. Would the RAM offset reservoir mount not work for you? Easy, cheap, and can be transferred to the next bike. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CMNXIO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_CCQ1945PCKB4J20Z7FAG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  14. Not mine, but there's a little Coleman trailer for sale just NW of Atlanta. https://www.theoutdoorstrader.com/threads/fs-ft-1984-coleman-caboose-trailer.2477318/
  15. Realistically, you're likely to be in it for a little over $2k once you factor in misc supplies to get it fully functional (plugs, oil, filter(s), etc) Guess it boils down to how comfortable you are doing the work, your tool/workshop situation, and the amount of free time necessary to complete the task.
  16. It won't be the easiest engine swap, but I think you should be able to put $1500-$2000 profit in your pocket if the donor engine is good...or, you'll have yourself a really nice bike for $1500. Either way, it's a win.
  17. Look at it like this: A used engine for a 2nd Gen Venture is about $800-900 on Ebay. The difference between that and the seller's asking price is the cost of the bike. Does it look like an $800 bike to you, and/or is it worth the hassle to do the engine swap to make it a $4K bike?
  18. Mounted some new tires. Had intended to do an oil change as well, but ran out of time. One more item crossed off the "to-do" list.
  19. Replaced the stock whip antennas with a pair of 8" shorties, new air filters, added a Battery Tender pigtail, and (since i had the seat off) replaced the two rear plug caps with new NGK 5K resistor caps. I'll do the front in a few days when I take it apart for a new windscreen, tires, and oil change. Hopefully that'll be it for a while and I can finally enjoy riding it without focusing on all of the things that need addressing.
  20. Quick update, just in case anyone is actually following along... So, I gave up on the dual scissor lift idea and bought a freestanding front wheel chock (accepts up to 7" wide tire) and a single narrow scissor lift. Theoretically, I'll be able to pop the front tire into the chock, run some straps from the handlebars to the chock's horizontal brace (which i intend to lengthen), and lift the rear high enough with the scissor jack to remove the rear wheel. Chock: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GRRFLOK/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_imm_TJMARBH29YWE6HN7M98S Scissor lift: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L4X6NQC/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_imm_BFZ7Y5ZJ1WV2Z4S25BDV I have a paddock stand that I think will safely support the front end and allow me to change the front tire, especially if I slip the scissor lift under the rear of the engine cradle to keep everything stable.
  21. I agree that one would be scary, but my plan is to use them in pairs. Either a wide one with blocks to engage the frame rails and a narrow one with the little frame supports, or two of the narrow ones. Right now I'm thinking two narrow ones might be the better option.
  22. Has anyone here used a compact scissor lift like the one linked below for their RSV or RSTD? https://www.homedepot.com/p/STARK-USA-1100-lbs-Wide-Deck-Scissor-Lift-Jack-Motorcycle-Center-Hoist-Stand-for-Bike-ATV-in-Blue-65127-H/310839045 With my popup camper, pressure washer, compressor, floor jack, multiple rolling tool boxes,, drill press, refrigerator, etc in a two car "yuppie garage" along with my RSV and the wife's car, i simply don't have the room to store something the HF bike jack and Carbon One-style adapter. I was thinking I could buy two scissor lifts, one wide one like the link above and a narrow one like the one linked below, and have the ability to remove both wheels at the same time. When not in use, they'll each fit underneath my tool boxes. Narrow: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stark-1100-lbs-Capacity-Motorcycle-X-Dirt-Bike-ATV-Scissor-Jack-Center-Lift-Crank-Repair-Stand-in-Blue-65124/314199488? Thoughts?
  23. I know this is an ancient thread, but for anyone interested in taller (or shorter) bars, Motion Pro has the ability to create custom cables in any length, with any ends you may need. They built the custom cables for the 20" ape hangers on my CB750 bobber several years ago, and they were even higher quality than the stock cables with smooth teflon liners. https://www.motionpro.com/custom
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