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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
How good of a deal? If it is too good, that alone would give me cause for concern. People don't give away good bikes. The Vulcan 750 is normally a pretty reliable bike, but it is an oddball. It is WAY more complex than any other v-twin cruiser that I know of, and there are a lot of things that CAN go wrong with it. I have 71,000 on an '02, and the only problems have been a clutch and the cam chain tensioners. Failed cam chain tensioners can destroy the engine if not fixed in time. Cam chain tensioners and final drive parts seem to be the biggest issues, I have lubed my final drive splines about 10 times. It is a time consuming process if you have never done it. First time took me a whole day and a couple of hours the next day.
I wouldn't worry about the stator nearly as much as the splines. Yes, you have to pull the engine partly out to get to it, but it is very straightforward, with the removable frame section on the right. The job might cost you $300 or so, there are over $3000 worth of parts that can get chewed up on the final drive, including the final drive gearcase, driveshaft, and front bevel drive gearcase. I bought my '02 brand new, rode it home, and did the spline lube. Even brand new there was no grease on it. There would have been damage had I waited till the scheduled time to do it.
These bikes tend to have the cylinder base gaskets fail more often than I would consider normal, IMO. The reason seems to be one of design. The coolant passages are VERY close to the edge, and the gasket is very thin around them. Look for coolant/corrosion in the V where the base of the cylinders come together.
Read through the Vulcan verses for more information on this bike and it's possible problems.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
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