Subject: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:11 am
Greetings from Kent, I have just purchased my first VX via eBay, and I plan to collect tomorrow ! I remember looking at them in the dealers back in the day and thinking they were quite an interesting, V twin but not the usual custom, but at that time only a Fireblade would do. Fast forward and several bikes later, I have a love of Mk1 1200 Bandits (Came about by accident) and realize that the VX could be a v twin Bandit ? Having never even sat on one, or know anyone who owns one, this should be interesting. I look forward to you guys and girls schooling me on what's what, and hopefully I can contribute some advice from my years of building and restoring bikes in general.
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Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:38 pm
Welcome to Suzi800. plenty to read here. You should find a good few postings on the VX.
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Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:40 pm
Hello Petrolhead, Welcome to the forum. I bought my VX800 last year off e-bay and I always keep an eye on what's available there. There have been a few come up recently, which one did you buy? I've only had bikes intermittently, owning them for a few years every 20 years or so. I had a VX800 when I was fortyish and now I'm sixtyish I thought I'd have one more go whilst I still can. Mine's a 94 model on a 96 plate. It was a bit scruffy when I got it but I've painted a few things, replaced headlamp, mirrors, engine covers and exhaust and fitted a screen and it looks pretty good now. Presumably you've got it now, what are your first impressions?
Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:55 am
Hi Mick, it's 1993 model with 19000 miles and 2 owners, it appears that it was off the road for something like 17 years after the first owner was knocked off it, and it was mothballed. The second owner has repaired most of its issues, but still needs a bit of TLC. It has 12 months MOT, so I have taken it on a 14 mile test ride. Pushing it around, I expected it to be a bit of a poor handler, but was pleasantly surprised how well it cornered and how smooth it was when out on the road. The previous owner has fitted progressive springs, and the original rear shocks are as new. My main issue, and maybe you can advise, is the front upper engine mounting, the one on the camcover has broken, probably when the original owner was knocked off. Can this cover be removed with the engine in place, is there enough clearance? I have a replacement which came with the bike.
Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:07 pm
I can't see there being enough clearance to remove the cam cover with the engine in situ. I've done the valve clearances on mine and access for that is very restricted. The valve clearance adjusters and the timing chain sprocket project well into the cam cover. The service manual I have only covers this operation with the engine removed.
Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:28 pm
That's what I suspected It looks like an engine out job then, at least it will be easy to check the valves, and probably a few other jobs. Just thinking maybe with all the engine mounts undone, and lowering the engine on a jack may enough At work at the moment, so I will have a look later.
Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:07 pm
Just had another look at the manual. I thought initially that the frame brackets for the upper front engine mounting were welded to the frame but it turns out they are bolted. With these brackets removed there might just be enough clearance, perhaps with the bit of lowering possible within the frame. Good luck with it.
Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:19 pm
Thanks, I will let you know how I get on
Subject: Re: Newbie from Kent VX800 just purchased