2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic



2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

When you want to do it all, the Vulcan 900 Classic 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…

Big Twin Styling in an Easygoing Midsized Package

The name may be Vulcan® 900 Classic, but you should hear “definitive.” This midsized cruiser has the timeless goods wrapped in a long, low package with a presence that’s larger than its name. From its two-tone ebony and metallic gray paint scheme to its spoked wheels, this Vulcan garners attention wherever it goes. Details, like rider floorboards and tank-mounted instrumentation that includes a handy fuel gauge and an easy-to-read analog speedometer, only strengthen the bike’s ties with tradition.

The 903cc V-twin features dual slash-cut mufflers and a heel/toe shifter stir the soul as you loaf down the boulevard—with eye-catching performance just a throttle twist away. The fuel tank, at 5.3 gallons, is the largest in its class and adds to the big bike impression from the saddle. Yet, beneath it all, the 900 Classic is a dependable, modern—yet timelessly styled—motorcycle.

The visual treats continue with curved cooling fins on the big, classic-looking V-twin, which bristles with modern touches inside including four-valve-per-cylinder performance and liquid-cooled reliability. A balancer works in counterpoint with the single-pin crankshaft to produce that distinctive guttural V-twin sound and feel, with less of the annoying vibrations that plague lesser engines.

Rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 cruiser keeps the overall weight down, improves rear-end styling and provides the rider with additional customizing opportunities. Not to mention the widest rear tire in its class contributing to the Vulcan 900’s big bike feel.


The Vulcan 900 Classic’s low seat height and tapered seat do not discriminate against shorter riders. Comfortable enough for any distance, the new seat features increased lumbar support for the rider and a longer and wider seating area for the passenger. The seat flows nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and the lower chassis rails provide a narrow shape for an abbreviated reach to the pavement – ideal for getting both feet flat on the ground. Wide handlebar, seat and floorboard layout offers an ideal ergonomic relationship, making for a relaxing mount.

Some of the other features that make the Vulcan 900 Classic appealing to such a wide audience are a fork offset and rake designed for light, effortless maneuvering at low, in-town speeds. Equipped with an auto-fast idle system that uses an rpm feedback relay to help ensure a fixed engine speed in all starting conditions, its easy-to-control fuel injection makes ultra-low-speed riding surprisingly easy, and the abundant low-rpm torque provides thrilling roll-on acceleration. At home, around town or on the open road, this motorcycle is built for hour upon hour of riding pleasure.

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Key Features

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

? Digital fuel injection delivers precise throttle control with improved fuel economy

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

? Rider floorboards with heel and toe shifter enhance rider comfort and deliver a stronger connection to the motorcycle

? Class-leading 5.3-gallon fuel tank

? Classically styled tank-mounted instrumentation includes fuel gauge

? Fat 180-series rear tire is widest in class and aids in the big bike feel

? Efficient belt drive runs cleaner and with less maintenance than a chain while adding to the timeless style of the drive train

903cc V-twin

? Tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm

? Smooth and reliable

? Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration

Four-valve Cylinder Heads

? Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow, resulting in more power and more low-end torque

? Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical

? Extremely efficient intake tracts feature ports that narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling and increased torque

? Long intake tracts for great low-end response

Liquid and Air Cooling

? Exceptional thermal control with finned cylinders and cylinder head, combined with liquid cooling

? Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power

? Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic

? Includes temperature warning light

Dual Slash-cut Mufflers

? Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions

Positive Neutral Finder

? Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to easily find neutral, every time

Electronic Fuel Injection

? Dual throttle bodies with sub-throttles provide optimum performance and rideability

? The sub-throttles, located behind the main throttle valve, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI® system retains more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor

? Fine-atomizing injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Kevlar-Reinforced Belt Drive

? Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action

? More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel compared to shaft drive

? Cleaner and lower maintenance than chain drive


Double Cradle Frame

? Very rigid large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to lightweight handling at low speeds

? Triangular swingarm looks like a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat

? Long and low for minimal seat height and maximum visual impact

? Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds

? Long wheelbase contributes to a comfortable highway ride

Comfort Features

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

? 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

Tank-mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps

? Gives you the information you need at a glance

? Compact design complements the bike’s clean look

? 5.3-gallon fuel tank is largest in its class

41mm Front Fork

? Excellent rigidity and 5.9-inches of travel – the most in its class

? 32-degree rake angle for excellent straight line tracking

? Wide fork pitch for classic look

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

Custom Spoke 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

? Widest rear tire in its class

 

 

 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7,999 USD

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:

Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

Rake / trail:

32 degrees / 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:

130/90×16

Rear tire:

180/70×15

Front brake / rear brake:

300mm hydraulic disc / 270mm hydraulic disc

Overall length:

97.0 in.

Overall width:

39.6 in.

Overall height:

41.9 in.

Seat height:

26.8 in.

Curb weight:

619.6 lbs.

Fuel capacity:

5.3 gal.

Wheelbase:

64.8 in.

Color:

Ebony / Metallic Graphite Gray

MSRP:

$7999


Warranty:

12 months

Kawasaki Protection Plus:

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

 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – 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 with
Rear: type Single 270 mm disc
Front: calipers Twin-piston caliper
Rear: calipers Twin-piston caliper


Dimensions


Overall length 2,465 mm (97.1 in.)
Overall width 1,005 mm (39.6 in.)
Overall height 1,065 mm (41.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1,645 mm (64.8 in.)
Ground clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.)
Seat height 680 mm (26.8 in.)
Curb mass** 281 kg (620 lbs.)
Fuel capacity 20 liters (4.4 gal.)


Drivetrain


Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh, return shift
Final drive Kevlar belt
Clutch Wet, multi-disc
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 (5.90 in.)
Wheel travel: rear 103 mm (4.06 in.)
Tire: front 130/90-16
Tire: rear 180/70-15
Caster (rake) 32º
Trail 160 mm (6.3 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 38º / 38º


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 Triangle swingarm with Uni-Trak single shock (7-position spring preload adjustment


* 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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