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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I would definitely not go to a dealer. First of all, many dealers will not even work on bikes more than 10 years old, and even if they do, you are looking at spending more than the bike is likely worth. Having had experience with dealers, and with many other unfortunate people who have had experience with dealers, I doubt there is any bigger rip off out there than a dealer service department. You are probably looking at over $1000 for the carbs (the Vulcan 750n has two) and the starter. A new starter alone is $285, and if you have a dealer install it, you will not only have to pay at least $100 in labor (assuming nothing else is wrong) but they will mark up the price of the starter as well.
The carburetors are a real PITA to remove and replace on the Vulcan 750, you can count on several hours of shop labor at around $100 an hour, plus parts, for that.
The Vulcan 750 is better as a do it yourself. For the most part it is not an easy bike to work on, especially anything engine related. The engine is extremely complex. But most people are capable of at least learning how to work on everything except internal engine problems. There is a lot of information here, including a free downloadable service manual. I would just take your time and delve into it slowly, asking questions as you go. I would sure hate to see anyone get victimized for over a thousand dollars by the crookedist of crooks on earth, a motorcycle dealer.
The reason many dealers won't work on an older bike is because the bill often comes to more than the bike is worth, the owner decides not to pay, and the dealer is stuck with a bike they are going to lose big money on. With dealers, it's ALL about money, and how much of it they can take you for.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike