Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Gastonia, NC, west of Charlotte.
My new-to-me Vulcan 500 so far.
Well, I bought the 2001 bike about a month ago and it had 6200 miles on it..
The seller and I agreed it would need new tires and worked that into the price.....It ran strong but seemed to want to run more smoothly but didn't...
Clutch seemed to slip a little...took to dealer...This is an honest dealer with whom I have dealt for a few years now and they have my full confidence.....sooooooo, what happened? Oh, boy, a bunch..ended up with a ten percent discount on everything and still dropped $1250 to make it serviceable....Here's the list and I hope I get it all and dealer did all the labor involved:
Two new Michelin Commander II tires.
Dealer found air filter saturated with gasoline. This led to discovery of leaking diaphram (I think I have that right) and so the petcock and the rest of that assembly was replaced....(part numbers 92055-1222 and 51023-1267)oart
New carb floats installed...gaskets installed on carbs or whatever.
Badly varnished carbs were cleaned..
oil and filter changed due to gasline leakage into oil...
Delaer test rode it and could not make the clutch slip after the oil change..
Battery charging pigtail installed on battery...
Chain on bike was very stiff and kinked a great deal and I said put on a new one...aftermarket
part number 181767, description: 520XSO-113 RK
new front brake pads...
That's it as far as I can remember..
Of course I wish the bike had not been apparently neglected and not ridden much at all in 11 years but life goes on...
Cosmetically it is fine....I took a 30 mile ride on it after picking it up and it does run a good bit more smoothly and has more power than when I first had it..
I bought a used windshield from a forum member and am working on the install at this time..it is a challenge fitment wise, but I think it is just a matter of trial and error it eventually will be fine..
Not griping, just sharing..
Last edited by Bokobob; 11-09-2012 at 09:54 AM.
Reason: posted too early by mistake