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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Most dealers around here won't work on or even sell parts for a bike over 10 years old, which now includes mine. I can still get the parts if i tell them it is for a 2006. Same parts.
Most independent shops here will work on anything, and their labor rates are about $30 an hour less than a dealer, but they will tell you up front that because it is an older bike, they may run into unknown problems when they start working on it. if it looks like it might cost more than the bike is worth, they will want payment up front. They've been stung before by doing $2000 worth of work/parts on a $1000 bike, and then have the owner decide they don't want it anymore. That is the main excuse the dealers use.
Fortunately all the parts are still available for an '87, due to a really long production run, and pretty much anything but the engine itself can be worked on by a do it yourselfer. While I'm sure you can find someone to clean your carbs, it will not be cheap. Get a manual, and with help from here, it should be a fairly easy job.
When tying a bike down, it should be on it's wheels with the sidestand up. Tie it from both sides with strong ratcheting tie downs, so it won't budge in either direction. The suspension should be compressed some. You can also wrap something around the front brake lever/handlebar to function as a parking brake.
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