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Not bad at all. Interesting color. Not to crazy about the color, but it shows how nice a solid color paint job looks on the Vulcan. It looks like it is all there, plus a couple of expensive accessories, the extended backrest and the luggage rack.
I will let someone else deal with the carb issue, I have owned 2 Vulcan 750s, both bought new, and have had the carbs off each one only once, and only had the float bowls off them. I have cleaned/rebuilt a zillion motorcycle carbs, and am sure I woud have no trouble working on mine, but I have the advantage of being able to take them apart before putting them back together. Some of the screws, like the screws that hold the float bowls on, and the screws that hold the tops on, should be replaced with Allen screws, available cheap at Lowe's and HomeDepot.
About the rest of the bike, the first thing I would check before going any further, is the final drive splines. If they are worn out or damaged, you have bigger problems than carbs. Unfortunately this is a common problem on Vulcan 750s that were not properly maintained, most if not all of them were not properly lubricated at the factory to begin with. If those are ok, you're in luck. Next, drain the oil, and see what was in there. You may need to flush out the crankcase, and the pistons may be stuck in the bores. I would remove the plugs and pour some kerosene or diesel into the cylinders and let it soak.
You are going to run into dried out, stuck, rusted and corroded parts all over the bike, especially things like levers and cables, the throttle, switches, etc. Most of this stuff can be saved with a lot of work and some patience. While a lot of people would just throw away say, a stuck and corroded clutch cable, soaking it in lots of penetrating oil and working it back and forth will probably save it, for the time being anyway.
While I am not unemployed, I am not rich, and as an auto mechanic from the old days, I am a big believer in fixing things rather than replacing them. Jerry.
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