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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Mine has always run on the warm side, even in the winter (here in Phoenix, AZ) in places where it is really cold it will drop while riding on the road at a decent speed, but in stop and go traffic, even at 40 degrees, the needle goes over far enough to cover that little thermometer symbol. That's where the fan comes on. First make sure the fan is coming on, also make sure you have enough coolant in it. It might be a good idea to change the coolant. Check the level in the overflow tank on the right side just behind the engine. A sticking thermostat or dirty radiator could also be an issue. But when thermostats stick, the temp gauge usually goes all the way over real quick. If someone has used water from a faucet in it instead of distilled water, it could also have a lot of rust and corrosion inside the cooling system.
As for the starter, do you know for sure if it is actually the starter, or something else. A LOT of things can cause the starter to not work, and quite a few things can cause it to not work properly. My starter has always turned slow since new, compared to most other bikes I've had. I did take it apart and clean it once, it was just full of black stuff. I also replaced the brushes. It seemed to turn a little faster, but still slower than I think it should. New starter parts are expensive. A whole new starter is nearly $500. I would consider looking on ebay, or on the for sale forum here for a used starter if you are certain that is what it is. How many miles are on your bike? BTW, that's a nice looking bike. I notice it still has it's original air intake system and exhaust system. Finding a stock Vulcan 750 is rare these days.
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
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 11-02-2015 at 01:05 AM.