Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 900
The Vulcan 900 was introduced in 2006, and is currently available in three styles: the Classic tested here; the Classic LT , which is touring-ready with a windshield, saddlebags and passenger backrest; and the Custom , with forward-mount controls, a drag-style handlebar, cast wheels (21-inch front) and blacked-out exhaust.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic was born for the pleasure of riding. Its low slung stance makes it perfectly suited for long journeys while the modern technologies help it offer first class performances. This is a machine that manages to remain easy to ride, but also powerful enough to compete with larger models. Plus, with a bike that lasts this long, who wouldn’t want it to look this good.
This bike has a liquid-cooled 903cc V-twin engine. Fuel injection makes for effortless cold starts and smooth power delivery. The 9.5:1 compression ratio is just about average relative to all 2013 cruiser motorcycles. A bore and stroke of 88 x 74.2mm makes this motor oversquare.
The Vulcan 900 Classic is 97 inches long and 39.6 inches wide. The wheelbase comes in at 64.8 inches, shorter than average in this segment. A seat height of 26.8 inches is 4.1 inches lower than the average motorcycle, making this ideal for shorter riders.
2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Specs
- Engine Type: 903ccf, Four-stroke, liquid-cooled,
- Bore and Stroke: 88 x 74.2 mm
- Compression ratio: 9.5:1
- Valve Train: SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin
- Induction: DFI® with dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies
- Ignition: TCBI with Electronic Advance
- Transmission: Five-speed
- Final Drive: Belt
- Fuel Capacity: 5.3 Gallons
- Estimated Fuel Economy:
- Brakes (Front): Single 300mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper
- Brakes (Rear): 270mm hydraulic disc
- Suspension (Front): 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with 5.9 inches of travel
- Suspension (Rear): Uni-Trak® swingarm with 4.1 inches of travel
- Wheelbase: 64.8 inches
- Rake: 32 degrees
- Trail: 6.3 inches
- Seat Height: 26.8 inches
- Curb Weight: 657.1 pounds
- Tires (Front): 130/90-16
- Tires (Rear): 180/70-15
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
No matter where you happen to go in the world, Kawasaki’s a name that’s firmly embedded in the popular culture of today. After years of effort to break through into the elite of metric cruisers, Kawasaki established itself as a major player with the Vulcan 1700 series. With models that range from the naked fat-tired street-pounding Classic to the elegantly luxurious Voyager tourer, the Vulcan 1700 platform has proven to be versatile and successful.
The Nomad takes to the open road with a lighter touch than the faired Vaquero and Voyager, relying on a large two-position windshield to keep the elements at bay, while keeping the flowing lines of the Vulcan 1700 not obscured.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad is a modern motorcycle equipped with anything you’d expect from a capable tourer. Among the long list of features offered by the Vulcan 1700 Nomad you’ll find a large windshield, floorboards and hard saddlebags. You also get a fairly spacious saddle that comes with a comfy backrest for the rear passenger.
At the heart of this mechanical beast lies a 1,700cc engine that features liquid cooling, a 52-degree V angle, overhead cams, high compression and a long-stroke design. The engine features redesigned mufflers and cranks out more than enough torque (108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm) to help you deal with highway ridding effortless.
2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Specs
Engine : Four-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, SOHC, Four Valve Per Cylinder, 52-Degree V-Twin
Displacement :1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore X Stroke : 102 X 104mm
Compression Ratio : 9.5:1
Maximum Torque : 108 Lb-Ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System : Liquid, Plus Cooling Fins
Fuel Injection :Digital Fuel Injection, Dual 42mm Throttle Bodies
Ignition :TCBI With Digital Advance
Transmission :Six-Speed With Overdrive And Positive Neutral Finder
Final Drive :Belt
Frame Type :Steel, Double-Cradle With Box-Section Single-Tube Backbone
Rake/Trail :30° / 7.0 In.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 43mm Hydraulic Fork / 5.5 In.
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel :Swingarm With Twin Air-Assisted Shocks, With 4-Way Rebound Damping / 3.1 In.
Front Tire Size :130/90×16
Rear Tire Size :170/70×16
Brakes, Front / Rear :Dual 300 Mm Discs, Dual Twin-Piston Calipers / Single 300 Mm Disc, Twin-Piston Caliper
Overall Length :98.4 In.
Overall Width :40.4 In.
Overall Height :57.7 In.
Ground Clearance :5.5 In.
Seat Height :28.7 In.
Fuel Capacity :5.3 Gal.
Wheelbase :65.6 In.
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Equipped with various features designed to improve your riding experience, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero is a stylish tourer ready to follow you in your longest adventures. At the heart of this beauty lies a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52° V-twin, 1700 cc engine. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission and cranks out a peak torque of 108 lb-ft at 2,750 rpm.
Among the numerous comfort features offered by the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero you’ll find a sculpted seat that offers an upright riding position and a large, wide fairing with abbreviated windscreen and integrated lowers. You also get dual adjustable rear air-shocks and a 45mm hydraulic fork that work together to offer a fairly comfortable ride.
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero Spec
Engine Type : Four-stroke, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52° V-twin
Engine Displacement : 1700cc
Bore & Stroke : 102 mm x 104 mm
Compression Ratio : 9.5:1
Cooling : Liquid-Cooled
Fuel System : Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Ignition : TCBI with Digital Advance
Starting System : Electric
Transmission :6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final Drive : Belt
Rake and Trail : 30° / 7.0 in.
Wheel Base :65.6 in.
Seat Height : 28.7 in.
Front Suspension : 45 mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension : Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Brake : Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake :Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Front Tire : 130/90×16
Rear Tire : 170/70×16
Fuel Capacity : 5.3 gal.