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Old 07-18-2017, 08:57 AM   #1
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I am 73 years of age and just bought a 200cc Van Van.
I joined this site to learn about my new ride.
Things like "where is the fuel petcock?"
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:28 AM   #2
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If this is new-ish Van Van, then it's probably fuel injected, and thus no petcock.

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Old 07-18-2017, 11:48 AM   #3
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That would be my take. The VanVan was introduced in 2016, and has EFI, according to Suzuki's website. Welcome to TWT.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:17 PM   #4
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:45 PM   #5
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Welcome to the club, we are never too old to do something new. Really hope you enjoy motorcycling..

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Old 07-18-2017, 03:57 PM   #6
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& enjoy!
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:36 PM   #7
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You are right about the fuel injection. I have had two Motoguzzis that were fuel injected but they also had petcocks under the tank. How do I take the tank off the bike with no valve?
I am not new to motorcycles. I have owned more than 50 of them in my time.
This is the first two wheeler in 6 years that I have ridden. I have been and still am in a wheelchair most of the time. My legs are paralyzed from the knees down. As you may expect, this makes riding a two wheeler challenging.
I have been using sidecar machines for years now and decided that a light weight two wheeler was something I wanted to use to exercise what balance I have left. I shall modify my brake pedal so that I can use it, (I use the front brake now). I shall also have to modify the gear change lever. I hook my heel onto it to upshift at present. A dead foot can easily down shift although not gracefully.
I my past I have owned 3 TW 200 Yamahas but the Van Van is much more civilized. The TWs have a 2x6 board for a saddle whereas the Van Van has a real comfortable saddle. The handlebars are in a more comfortable position too.
The tires are considerably more civilized compared to the TW but then I don't think I will be riding the wilderness any more.
I seem to be learning okay but will know better after about a thousand miles.
I will be putting a larger sprocket on the rear to accommodate a sidecar later, but for now I am getting along relearning how to ride two wheels.
My other two bikes are a 2009 750 aero Honda that I put a sidecar on and used as daily transport in Hawaii for 7 years. I no longer go on long trips so I may sell it after I get the hack on the Suzuki for around town usage.
My third bike is a Rokon with a sidecar which has been a severe disappointment.
It only has about 250 total miles and has constantly broken down. One of the main reasons I bought the Van Van.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:27 PM   #8
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Welcome, and congrats on overcoming your obstacles!

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Welcome to the site!

Most fuel injected bikes will have an inline quick release valve for the fuel lines so you can disconnect them to remove the tank.
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:34 PM   #10
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Welcome from another Guzzi sidecar nut. I still have two, but have been putting more time to riding my Beta trials bike.
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