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2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT


2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Review

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

Cruising is all about doing things in style and comfort, enjoying life's little luxuries and taking the time to smell the roses. So settle in, head out on the highway and cruise ... Kawasaki-style.

Ready for the Road in Classic Cruiser Style

The road-ready Vulcan® 900 Classic LT is the perfect mount for riders wanting a reliable touring cruiser without the big sticker price. This V-twin powered cruiser comes complete with all the touring accessories you’d expect: stylish saddlebags, an adjustable windshield, and a passenger backrest. Add in the unique details that make this a Vulcan cruiser, including a chromed brass studded seat that matches the passenger backrest and the superb engineering and dependability Kawasakis are known for and it becomes a perfect travelling companion for the open road.

This touring cruiser comes equipped with a fuel-injected 903cc V-twin engine. It’s a powerplant that delivers good roll-on acceleration, and the Vulcan 900 Classic LT’s stylish chassis adds to its flowing cruiser beauty. Eye-catching touring features contribute to a winning mixture of mid-displacement agility and large-displacement torque, making it sure to please any cruising rider on a long road trip.

At the core of the Classic LT’s touring package are striking, top-grain, reinforced cowhide saddlebags. The leather is carefully selected to minimize flaws and deep-dyed to prevent scraping off the finish. The ideally sized bags feature a slant-top opening held shut by two 1.5-inch wide leather straps fitted with chrome buckles and stealth quick-release fasteners. The rolled and riveted top lids, along with metal reinforced upper edges on the bags, help maintain shape and keep unwanted moisture out of the bags. An embossed Vulcan logo on the reinforced dual-panel lids and chrome-plated brass studs finish off the look of these bags.

A new more comfortable seat features additional lumbar support for the rider and a longer seating area for the passenger, along with a backrest to keep the passenger relaxed as the miles tick by. Both the seat and the backrest are detailed with chrome-plated brass studs to match the bags. A thick, optically correct, acrylic plastic windscreen delivers smooth airflow around the rider and passenger, reducing wind fatigue and bug strikes over the course of long rides the 900 Classic LT encourages you to take.

Once past the 900 Classic LT’s handsome looks, owners will discover themselves enjoying a ride that was previously found only on larger cruisers. Applying lessons learned on Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000, the Vulcan 900 models deliver exceptional roll-on acceleration, easy maneuverability, and performance that rivals larger displacement competitors.

Breakdowns can ruin any trip. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT utilizes a low-maintenance belt drive not only to help avoid undesired stops, but also to save weight and keep the rear end rolling in high style. Speaking of rear-end styling, the 900 Classic LT sports a large, 180mm-wide rear tire – the largest in its category. The beefy tire’s appearance augments the classic V-twin rumble courtesy of a single-pin crankshaft. It’s this look and sound that suggest a much larger motorcycle.

However, the Vulcan 900 LT’s big footprint shouldn’t alarm potential riders. Its low seat and narrow chassis rails blend comfortably into the fuel tank, which translates into plenty of accessibility for shorter riders and comfort for those of all sizes. Wide handlebars ideally situated with the seat and floorboards, coupled with roomy passenger accommodations, make the Vulcan 900 Classic LT a real joy – whether it’s just a run to the store or a multi-day haul across the country.

The Vulcan 900 Classic LT is available in the following two-tone color combinations: Candy Mystic Blue / Pearl Crystal White and Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Titanium. Whatever color you choose, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT gets noticed by everyone it passes.




 

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Key Features

• 903cc V-twin offers an optimal balance of performance, style and manageability
• New seat shape offers increased lumbar support for improved rider comfort, and a longer seating area for the passenger
• Passenger backrest comes standard
• Optically correct windscreen is height adjustable to accommodate a wide range of riders
• Top quality leather saddlebags are deep-dyed for long-lasting color and have easy-to-use quick-release fasteners
• Gorgeous two-tone paint is standard
• Stylish instrumentation includes handy fuel gauge
• 5.3-gallon fuel tank is largest in class
• 24 month factory warranty is the longest in its class, and can be supplemented with up to four additional years of Kawasaki’s Good Times™ Protection Plan
• Chrome brass studded seat matches saddlebags and passenger backrest

 

 

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Features and Benefits

903cc V-twin
• Smooth and reliable engine tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm
• Gear-driven balancer allows use of single-pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
• Rubber mounted to reduce engine vibration at all speeds

Four-valve Cylinder Head
• Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow, creating more power and low-end torque
• Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
• Long intake tracts narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling, increased torque and better low-end response

Liquid and Air Cooling
• Finned cylinders and head combined with liquid cooling result in exceptional thermal control
• Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
• Automatic fan helps keep things cool
• Includes temperature warning light

Dual Slash-cut Mufflers
• Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain emission-reducing honeycomb catalyzers

Positive Neutral Finder
• Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to easily find neutral, with a minimum of fuss

Electronic Fuel Injection
• Superb performance and rideability thanks to dual throttle bodies with sub-throttles
• The ECU controlled sub-throttles are located behind the main throttle valve, allowing the DFI® system to provide more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
• Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for optimal acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Kevlar-Reinforced Belt Drive
• Lower unsprung weight than a shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
• Efficiently transfers power to the rear wheel
• Cleaner and lower maintenance than chain drive

Double Cradle Frame
• Very rigid, large-diameter box section backbone allows for a larger fuel tank and lightweight handling at low speeds
• Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at low speeds
• Long wheelbase contributes to a relaxed highway ride
• Triangular swingarm has a hardtail appearance, with a single shock hidden beneath the seat
• Long and low chassis for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact

41mm Front Fork
• Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel
• 32-degree rake angle offers excellent straight line manners
• Classic look with wide fork pitch

Front and Rear Disc Brakes
• The 300mm front and 270mm rear brake rotors are gripped by twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class

Spoke Custom Wheels
• Chromed steel rims and spokes
• “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub

Wide Rear Tire
• 180mm rear tire provides added traction while projecting a powerful image
• Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers

Tank-mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps
• Provides riders crucial information at a glance
• Compact design matches the bike’s clean look

Windscreen
• Robust, optically correct, acrylic plastic windscreen is shaped for smooth airflow
• Strong chrome-plated steel supports enhance cruiser style
• Adjustable height

Saddlebags
• Carefully selected top grain cowhide with minimal flaws and deep dyed for a long-lived finish
• Slant top opening lid, with two 1.5-inch wide leather straps, chrome buckles and hidden quick release fasteners
• Dual panel lid construction with embossed Vulcan logo detail
• Half-inch diameter chrome plated brass stud accents
• Metal reinforced upper edge so bags hold their shape
• Rolled and riveted lid minimizes water entry

New Reshaped Seat
• New seat shape offers increased lumbar support for improved rider comfort, and a longer seating area for the passenger
• Ultra-low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops
• Laid-back riding comfort for two
• Detailed with half-inch diameter chrome plated brass studs

Passenger Backrest
• Classic tombstone shape
• Strong chrome plated steel supports
• Pad detailed with chrome plated brass studs



 


 

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,699 USD

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin

Displacement 903cc / 55.1 cu.in.

Bore x Stroke 88 x 74.2 mm

Compression Ratio 9.5:1

Maximum Torque 58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

Cooling System Liquid

Fuel System DFI® with dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies

Ignition TCBI with Electronic Advance

Transmission 5-Speed

Final Drive Belt

Rake/Trail 32°/6.3 in.

Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.

Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Uni-Trak® swingarm / 4.1 in.

Front Tire Size 130/90-16

Rear Tire Size 180/70-15

Wheelbase 64.8 in.

Front Brakes / Rear Brakes Single 300mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper / 270mm hydraulic disc

Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.

Seat Height 26.8 in.

Overall Length 97.0 in.

Overall Width 39.6 in.

Overall Height 58.3 in.

Curb Weight 657.1 lbs.

Color Choices Candy Mystic Blue / Pearl Crystal White, Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Titanium

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

Warranty 24 Months


 


 

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $11,399 CDN

ENGINE
Type 4-stroke, V-Twin
Displacement 903cc
Bore and Stroke 88.0 x 74.2 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Valve System SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel System Digital fuel injection with dual 34 mm throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh, return shift
Final Drive Kevlar belt
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.184 (83/38)
Gear Ratio: 1st 2.786 (39/14)
Gear Ratio: 2nd 1.889 (34/18)
Gear Ratio: 3rd 1.360 (34/25)
Gear Ratio: 4th 1.107 (31/28)
Gear Ratio: 5th 0.963 (26/27)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.063 (66/32)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME

Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheel Travel: Front 150 mm (5.9 in.)
Tire: Front 130/90-16
Wheel Travel: Rear 103 mm (4.1 in.)
Tire: Rear 180/70-15
Caster (Rake) 32°
Trail 160 mm (6.3 in.)
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 38° / 38°

SUSPENSION

Suspension, Front 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear Uni-Trak with 7-way adjustable preload

BRAKES

Front: Type Single 300 mm disc
Front: Caliper 2-piston calipers
Rear: Type Single 270 mm hydraulic disc
Rear: Caliper 2-piston calipers

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length 2,465 mm (97.1 in.)
Overall Width 1,005 mm (39.6 in.)
Overall Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in.)
Wheelbase 1,645 mm (64.8 in.)
Ground Clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.)
Seat Height 680 mm (26.8 in.)
Curb Mass** 298 kg (657 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 20 litres (4.4 gal.)
** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

PERFORMANCE

Maximum Power ‡ 37 kW {50.0 PS} @ 5,700 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 78 N·m {8.0 kgƒ·m} @ 3,700 rpm
‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

DETAILS

Warranty 24 months warranty

ADDITIONAL COST OPTIONS

Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)

MSRP*

Candy Mystic Blue / Pearl Crystal White VN900DDF TBA
Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Titanium VN900DDF TBA





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