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    Quote Originally Posted by asp125 View Post
    some shops are reluctant to work on bikes more than 10-15 years old. Due to the same spare parts issue.
    It really has nothing to do with parts availability. If that were truly the case, then dealers everywhere should take on any 500 Vulcan because in its final year of production (which was, what...2011?) it was still using all of the same parts that the 1996 models used. And all the pre-96 models still used many of the same parts as well...outside the wheels/final drive/seat & fenders and an occasional other cosmetic bit here and there. They just don't want the older bikes because the repair bills often end up exceeding the bike's value, which often translates into getting stiffed on the bill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Shack View Post
    If that were truly the case, then dealers everywhere should take on any 500 Vulcan because in its final year of production (which was, what...2011?)
    2009...But they still were selling "new" ones into 2012!

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    Well.. I asked a local HondaKawaiZuki dealer if they'd work on my '91 VFR. Other than tires and oil changes, nope.
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    so is it pretty much appropriate to say that if you're going to buy an older bike, you need to get really familiar with a wrench???

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    ... its pretty much appropriate to say that if you're going to buy a motorcycle, you need to get really familiar with a wrench

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    ... its pretty much appropriate to say that if you're going to buy a motorcycle, you need to get really familiar with a wrench
    Or have a fat wallet.

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    Generally speaking, a Honda 750-ish cruiser would be a decent starter. They've been around for a while. If that's the way you're leaning, I'd talk to the Honda dealer's parts department to ask if they have a ballpark figure for when replacement parts start to become scarce. Ten years? Fifteen? I have no idea.

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