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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE

The Vulcan 900 Custom is a factory built custom bike that really stands out from the crowd – it is the result of Kawasaki’s pursuit of the essence of a true custom motorcycle. A study in contrasts, its low-set rear, massive rear tire and solid disc wheel are juxtaposed against a clean and lightweight front end…

Sometimes, you can’t help but smile. Vulcan® 900 Custom is an easy motorcycle to like. First, the bike’s custom styling oozes attitude from it’s big front tire to the blacked out mufflers and other parts that typically wear a chrome coating. The drag-style handlebar and the low-slung seat put the rider in the perfect position to get the most out of this easy to ride yet powerful cruiser.

The Vulcan 900 Custom packs a fuel-injected 903cc V-twin for roll-on acceleration that will surprise folks on larger motorcycles. Carrying this easy to manage engine is a chassis that facilitates nimble handling which would put heavyweight cruisers to shame. So, while your friends admire the Custom’s looks, you can smile with the knowledge that its appearance is merely the wrapper on Kawasaki’s expert engineering, long-term dependability and satisfying performance.

Vulcan 900 Custom’s unique, edgy design shows it can stand out from the cruising crowd. Kawasaki engineers and designers concentrated on delivering a motorcycle with a customized appearance typically found only on hand-made one of a kind customs. A massive rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and sculpted bodywork top the stand-out features of the Vulcan 900 Custom.

Perhaps one of the most striking examples of this Vulcan cruiser’s distinctive look is its large-diameter 21-inch front cast wheel – itself somewhat rare in the custom-building world. The wheel features spokes arranged in pairs for a special visual appeal. Balancing the lightweight look of the front end is a low, wide rear wheel featuring a 180mm tire on a 15-inch cast wheel that gives the rider the feeling of sitting on a one-of-a-kind, made-to-order motorcycle.

Bridging the visual contrast between the front and rear wheels is a sleek and subtle fuel tank. Its flowing lines easily lead the eye along the careful and delicate curves that blend together the highly customized form of this gem of mid-sized cruisers. The frame provides understated support for the Kawasaki artistry that is the appealing and gutsy, fuel-injected V-Twin Vulcan 900 Custom. Its stylish aesthetics grace a platform that’s perfect for customization with Kawasaki accessories.

Ready for anything from local streets to highway speeds, the Vulcan 900 Custom’s good power, easy maneuverability, and startling good looks make this Kawasaki the one to own.

Genuine Kawasaki Accessories are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers.



2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE Key Features

Key Features

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

– Black cast wheels – solid-look rear and “twin-spoke” front

– Forward-mounted foot controls and drag-style bar for laid-back riding position with plenty of attitude

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

– Stylish tank-top instrumentation includes convenient fuel gauge

– Class-leading 5.3-gallon fuel tank

– Efficient belt drive runs cleaner and with less maintenance than a chain

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




2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE Features and Benefits


903cc V-twin SOHC Engine

– Smooth and reliable engine tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm

– Gear-driven balancer allows the use of a 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 heads combine with liquid cooling for exceptional thermal control

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

– Automatic fan helps keep things cool

Dual Slash-cut Mufflers

– Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain emission reducing honeycomb catalyzers

– Satin black finish for extra attitude

Positive Neutral Finder

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

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

Double Cradle Frame

– Very rigid, large-diameter box section backbone allows space for a larger fuel tank, and lightweight handling at low speeds

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

– Long wheelbase contributes to a comfortable highway ride

– Triangular swingarm has a hardtail appearance, but utilizes a single shock hidden beneath the seat

– Long and low chassis for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact

Belt Drive

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

– Low maintenance and low noise

41mm Front Fork

– Offers excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel

– 33 degrees of rake and 7.2 inches of trail for excellent straight line tracking

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 Cast 21-inch Front Wheel

– The wheel’s 18 “spokes” are arranged in pairs

– Tapered and flanged in two directions, every line and surface of each 3D spoke is exquisitely curved

– Aggressive black finish

Wide Rear Tire

– 180mm rear tire provides added traction while projecting a powerful image

– Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers

– Custom cast 15-inch rear wheel contrasts the “light,” tall front wheel

– Aggressive black finish

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

Sculpted Bodywork

– Fuel tank features a twin valley design, with a dynamic tension and presence all its own

– Designed to be pleasing to both the eye and to the touch, the tank is composed exclusively of curves with constantly varying radii; the twin valley design theme continues to the rear fender and its hand-sculpted contours

– Bottom of the rear fender features a relatively straight cut, to balance the lines of the motorcycle

Custom Features

– Chromed headlamp, headlamp mount, lower triple clamp and turn signals as well as footpegs, shift lever and rear brake lever

– Clean headlight design is compact and isolated without a central fork cover or headlamp bar

– Small, minimalist fender and lack of front fork covers also contribute to the slender appearance of the front end

– Sporty, straight-style handlebar adds to the bike’s custom styling. Instead of handlebar clamps, twin tubes elegantly curve back from the upper triple clamp. Both the handlebar and twin tubes are completely chromed

– Forward-mounted footpegs instead of floorboards add to the custom image and improve rider control

– One-piece “gunfighter” style seat is designed for comfortable rider and passenger accommodation and a custom-style look

– Standard toe-operated shift lever instead of a heel-toe shifter complements the forward footpegs for a more open rider position




2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE – USA Specifications/Technical Details

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


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)


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


Overall length 2,405 mm (94.7 in.)
Overall width 895 mm (35.2 in.)
Overall height 1,120 mm (44.1 in.)
Wheelbase 1,645 mm (64.8 in.)
Ground clearance 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Seat height 685 mm (27.0 in.)
Curb mass** 277 kg (611 lbs.)
Fuel capacity 20 liters (4.4 gal.)


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)


Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 150 mm (5.9 in.)
Wheel travel: rear 103 mm (4.1 in.)
Tire: front 80/90-21
Tire: rear 180/70-15
Caster (rake) 33°
Trail 182 mm (7.1 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 36° / 36°


Maximum Power‡ 37 kW {50.0 PS} @ 5,700 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 78 N·m {8.0 kgƒ·m} @ 3,500 rpm


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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