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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Welcome. Where are all these '86 models coming from? There seem to be more '86 models around than all other years put together.
If you don't have internal engine problems or final drive spline problems, the rest of the Vulcan is pretty much like any other bike. If it sat for awhile, it will probably need a lot of cleaning and maintenance before it will run right.
Since it is so easy, my advice is to check the final drive splines first. Finding out if they are good or not may have a lot to do with how you decide to proceed. While you have it apart, if they are still good, clean everything and lube it with moly paste.
If it has not been started for awhile, I would first remove the plugs, squirt some oil in the cylinders, and turn the engine over by hand several turns. Sometimes pistons stick in the bore, and sometimes valves stick open after sitting a long time that way, and the piston will hit the valve, doing a lot of damage. Make sure it turns over freely.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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