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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT



2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

When you want to do it all, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT is the midsize cruiser for the job. Commute all week using surprisingly little fuel, rumble downtown with its big-bike looks and sound, or hit the highway for a weekend tour...

Touring in Classic Cruiser Style for an Affordable Price

Riders wanting to hit the open road on an affordably priced touring cruiser need look no further than the Vulcan® 900 Classic LT. This V-twin cruiser has the necessary touring goods to comfortably rack up the miles. Both rider and passenger will appreciate the adjustable windshield, the deep-dyed saddlebags, and passenger backrest. The matching chrome brass studs on the seat, saddlebags, and backrest highlight Kawasaki’s attention to detail, while the Vulcan’s superb engineering and dependability record provide peace of mind when traveling.

The Vulcan 900 Classic LT offers riders as much substance as it does cruising tourer style. The fuel-injected 903cc V-twin engine gives good roll-on acceleration thanks to its ample torque. Combine the eager engine with an agile chassis, and you’ve got a motorcycle that will out maneuver larger, heavier bikes. Riders with the itch to travel will find the Classic LT as comfortable on winding rural highways as it is on the interstate as you set out to mark more destinations off your list.

At the core of the Classic LT cruiser’s touring package are striking, top-grain, reinforced cowhide saddlebags that provide ample storage. 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 comfortable new seat features improved lumbar support for the rider and a longer and wider 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 delivers exceptional roll-on acceleration, easy maneuverability, and performance that rivals larger displacement competitors.

Breakdowns and flat tires can ruin any trip. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT utilizes easy to patch tubed tires and a low-maintenance belt drive that not only to helps avoid undesired stops, but also saves weight and helps 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 displacement class. 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 both feet on the ground 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.

Genuine Kawasaki Accessories are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers.


 

 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Key Features

- 903cc V-twin provides an optimal balance of performance and manageability in a stylish package

- Seat shape offers lumbar support for rider comfort, and an ample seating area for the passenger

- Standard passenger backrest for comfort and security

- Optically correct windscreen accommodates a wide range of riders through adjustable height

- Top quality leather saddlebags have easy-to-use quick-release fasteners and are deep-dyed for long-lasting color

- Chrome brass studded seat matches saddlebags and passenger backrest

- Luxurious two-tone paint is standard

- Stylish tank-top instrumentation includes convenient fuel gauge

- Class-leading 5.3-gallon fuel tank

- NEW seat features improved lumbar support for the rider and a wider and longer rear section for passenger comfort

- 24 month factory warranty is the longest in its class, and can be supplemented with up to four additional years of Kawasaki Protection Plus™ coverage—bumping the total possible warranty to an amazing SIX YEARS!

 

 

 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Totalmotorcycle.com 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 Heads

- 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

Seat Features

- Seat shape offers increased lumbar support for improved rider comfort, and a longer and wider 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


 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT - Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,999 USD


2014 Kawasaki Vulcan® 900 Classic LT Specifications*


Engine:

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

Displacement:

903cc / 55.1 cu. in.

Bore x stroke:

88.0 x 74.2mm

Compression ratio:

9.5:1

Maximum torque:

58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

Cooling:

Liquid

Fuel injection:

DFI® with dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies

Ignition:

TCBI with electronic advance

Transmission:

Five-speed

Final drive:

Belt

Frame:

Double cradle, high-tensile steel

Rake / trail:

32 degrees / 6.3 in.

Wheelbase:

64.8 in.

Front suspension / wheel travel:

41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel:

Uni-Trak® swingarm / 4.1 in.

Front tire:

130/90x16

Rear tire:

180/70x15

Front brake:

Single 300mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper

Rear brake:

270mm hydraulic disc

Overall length:

97.0 in.

Overall width:

39.6 in.

Overall height:

58.3 in.

Seat height:

26.8 in.

Curb weight:

657.1 lbs.

Fuel capacity:

5.3 gal.

Color choices:

Candy Mystic Blue / Pearl Crystal White

Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Titanium

MSRP:

$8,999


Warranty:

24 months

Kawasaki Protection Plus:

12, 24, 36, and 48 month plans are available

 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT - Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


Engine

Type 4-stroke, V-Twin
Displacement 903cc
Bore and stroke 88.0 x 74.2 mm
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
Cooling Liquid
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)


Brakes


Front: type Single 300 mm disc
Rear: type Single 270 mm hydraulic disc
Front: calipers 2-piston calipers
Rear: calipers 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.)


Drivetrain


Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh, return shift
Final drive Kevlar belt
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
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)


Frame


Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 150 mm (5.9 in.)
Wheel travel: rear 103 mm (4.1 in.)
Tire: front 130/90-16
Tire: rear 180/70-15
Caster (rake) 32°
Trail 160 mm (6.3 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 38° / 38°


Performance


Maximum Power‡ 37 kW {50.0 PS} @ 5,700 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 78 N·m {8.0 kgƒ·m} @ 3,700 rpm


Suspension


Suspension, front 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Uni-Trak with 7-way adjustable preload


* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as "Your price" may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer's suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.


 

 

 

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