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Location: Chandler, Arizona
You lucked on that one 47 HUNDRED miles? Wow. Despite the low mileage, I would still do a COMPLETE service, including the splines. Most will recommend you change the tires, and since I can't inspect the, I will too. However I have bought 10 year old+ bikes before with the original tires and went ahead and wore them out. Motorcycle tires are different from car tires. Even if you see no sign of cracking, the rubber will have hardened, meaning you will have less traction when leaned over. I mostly ride highways straight up on a cruiser. Most all of my lifetime of riding could actually be called touring. Not into short rides around town. The carburetors may be gummed up, or they may not. It depends on whether the bike was stored with fuel in it.
You have a very low mileage last year of production bike. If it is stock, I would leave it stock, at least for now. Though they were made for 20 years, there aren't many nice ones left. If you want something to turn into a bobber, I wish you would find something else. The Vulcan 750 is a very special bike to me. Two bought new ones have carried me almost 190,000 miles. They are a perfect fit for me, and that even includes the stock seat.
Other than the splines, the most common failure is the oem cam chain tensioners. They tend to last 10,000-15,000 miles. And when they fail, they can cause the cam chains to break or jump teeth, destroying the engine. You will hear a rattling sound before they fail completely. I put manual tensioners on mine.
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