To be fair, many of the bikes here with problems are 20+ years old. The FJR is a more refined and....expensive motorcycle...with modern day (21st century) electronics, fuel injection, etc, etc...
The Vulcan was a value bike, a lot of features (for the time) for little money. Not saying they skimped anywhere, but the design and components never changed since 1985, and many of the bikes we see here with issues were in sad condition when bought by the current owners.
I totally agree with you about the Vulcan, its a great value. I certainly spent much, much less on it than my new FJR. Features like shaft drive, DOHC, etc, are missing from the newer Vulcan 900s. I have ridden the 900 and really didn't see it as much of a step up from my 750, except for the fuel injection.
I feel I've done all the important mods to my VN750, except perhaps the ear shave. Whoever ends up buying it when the time comes for me to sell it will get a great bike at a fair price. I've got the MCCT's, Tuxedo Stator Mod, Mosfet RR, AGM battery, new carb diaphragms, oversized Metzler tires, lubed the drive splines, new progressive fork springs, fairly new front brake pads, etc, etc.
Only problem I have with it is the tuxedo stator mod leaks a very small amount of oil, enough to leave a spot on the ground after riding, but not enough to notice a level difference between oil changes.