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Here are the steps as listed in the Clymer manual

1. Bike on centerstand
2. Remove seat and both side covers
3. Disconnect batter negative lead
4. Drain coolant
5. Remove exhaust pipe from rear cylinder
6. Remove right-hand coolant pipe
7. Disconnect starter cable from starter
8. Remove 2 bolts holding starter to crankcase
9. Pull starter to the right and remove starter from crankcase

Note that the above pertains to a VT500C. You did not mention your engine size...But regardless, I would not think the procedure would be redically different

Hope that helps...
 

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It is fairly involved. You need to remove the left cover off the motor. the stator for the alternator is attached and the magnetic attraction to the rotor makes it not want to move. Once you get it out of the way you will need to remove the gear from the starter shaft. Then using a socket as a drift, drive the shaft back through the bearing and it should come out.
Did this last weekend as part of a teardown.

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Is that the STARTER or the STATOR?!?!? I can take the starter motor off my 83 750 without removing anything except the battery lead that attaches to the starter and the two bolts that attach the starter to the engine. I remove the fuel pump from the frame while inside the suspension for clearance when I extract the starter motor.
 
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