I bought this bike about two months ago, it had 28,600 miles on it, I've put an additional 500 on it since I bought it.
This is what it looked like when I bought it:
It backfired all over the place, it was hard to start, the cam chain tensioners were making all sorts of noise, the fork seals were leaking, the clutch cable was sticking, the seat foam was shot, and those handlebars, foam grips and mickey mouse ear mirrors had to go.
This is what it currently looks like:
Thanks to this site, all of my issues were relatively easy to fix. after hours or lurking and searching through old posts and the Vulcan verses, I've managed to bring the bike to a reliable daily driver. I've capped the reed valves with rubber caps, removed the air valve under the seat and turned my air screws out three turns, that stopped the popping. I bought a maintenance free battery and installed iridium spark plugs, it starts right up now. I took out the cam chain tensioners and re-installed, and installed new upper cam chain springs. I rebuilt the forks, installed a new clutch cable, new handle bars, new mirrors, new grips and a seat off of a 2008 Vulcan 900 custom.
I still have some more to do to it, I want to relocate the rear turn signals and clean up the rear fender, it needs new tires, there are a few little tweaks I need to do here and there, and eventually I'll probably put louder horns on it. Also, there is a vibration that occurs between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm, it stops vibrating when I pull in the clutch. I've checked the engine mount, and they are not dried out and rotten, I just need to check the carb sync and see if that's the issue, or if it's the internal balancer that is worn out.
One thing that I don't like about the new seat is that it is really wide, and I don't think it looks the best since our bikes are so skinny. I think if the tank was wider it would look better. Oh, and my handlebars touch the tank when I need to turn the bike around in a tough spot, and I should have bought bars with more rise in them.