Welcome to the forum. I think the Vulcan stators are just as good (or bad) as other stators. Folks have had them go with around 13,000 miles while others have ridden 40,000+ miles with no stator problems. It appears changing the oil frequently and operating in less than desert temperatures promotes stator life. A member of this forum in Arizona was frying a stator about annually. On his second or third stator replacement, he rigged up and oil bath for the stator and has had no problems since.
Look in the Vulcan Verses and OlHossCanada signature for things you should do to the bike. If you have a friend familiar with motorcycles, have him go with you to look at the bike. If you don't have such a friend, do an internet search for what to look for in used bikes.
I would ask the guy who did maintenance on the bike. If he says the dealership, that would cause me some concern. I'll get into why later. If he says he did all the maintenance, I'd ask when the drive splines were lubed last, and what type grease he used. If it's less than 10,000 miles and he says Honda Moly 60 or some other high moly lubricant, the guy probably knows how to maintain the bike and you can breathe a little easier. If he's installed a voltmeter to monitor his electrical system, smile inwardly. Ask him what type oil he puts in it (should be good quality 10W-40 or 15W-40, either conventional or synthetic) and how often he changes it. If he keeps records, ask to see them.
My VN750 had less than 7,000 miles on it, two previous owners (PO) and $1,300 worth of maintenance work done on it at the PO's dealership a few months before I bought it. Thanks to this forum, I discovered my tires were 10-20 years old and replaced them. While the rear tire was off, I decided to lube the splines. I discovered the splines HAD NEVER BEEN LUBED! Not at the factory, not by the PO's and not by the dealership that went over it "top to bottom".
Hope this helps.
Well, OlHoss posted while I was typing, so you can find his sig easily!
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
Last edited by flitecontrol; 10-27-2009 at 03:41 PM.