Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
This is an extremely important example of why you have to diagnose everything! When a bike has a dead battery; always test charging voltage before just replacing parts, so you don't end up stranded!
That said, the stator IS a common failure. The dealer may or may not fix it, but understand most used bikes are 'as-is'. You can raise a stink, but, fact is, if the engine blew the moment you took it off the lot; you still wouldn't have any legal leg to stand on. As-is is As-is.
The stator fix if you are remotely mechanically handy requires a decent meter and knowledge to use it, a torque wrench, about $160 in parts + the supplies for an oil change, and really shouldn't take more than 2 hours (I bet I could do it in 45 minutes now that I've done it once). This assumes the regulator/rectifier is okay; which should be tested as well. I don't know why dealers bid so high on a stator repair. It's not a particularly difficult, technical, or time consuming job. 3 hours would be an insanely long amount of time for a professional to do this job; and would only be if he took 2 hours of that 3 hours in the break room. But even then the math doesn't add up to $1200. Keep in mind that the OEM stator is around $600, and this is one of those rare cases where cheaper IS better. The aftermarket stator (Rick's Stator) is much better, known to last longer, and is only about $150.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT