2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Review

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2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom



2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Review

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

ONE-OF-A-KIND CRUISER…

The Vulcan® 900 Custom shares all of the attributes of the Vulcan 900 Classic but features custom styling with 21-inch front tire, drag-style handlebar and blacked-out parts that help present a more aggressive appearance.

Riders around the world graciously accept the Vulcan® 900 Custom motorcycle because it is different from the average cruiser. The machine’s custom styling exudes attitude, from its tall front tire to blacked-out mufflers. In addition, the drag-style handlebar, low-slung gunfighter-type seat and forward footpegs put the rider in the perfect position to get the most out of this easy-to-ride, powerful and dependable Kawasaki cruiser.

Kawasaki designers and engineers focused on delivering a motorcycle with an appearance that can typically only be found on hand-made custom builds. A massive rear tire, stylish front-end accentuated by a thin 21″ cast wheel and meticulously sculpted bodywork are standout features of the Vulcan 900 Custom motorcycle. The front wheel features spokes arranged in pairs, which complements the lightweight appearance of the front-end, while the wide 180mm rear tire on a 15″ solid look cast wheel gives a boost of confidence with the feeling of sitting on a made-to-order motorcycle.

Bridging the visual contrast between the front and rear wheels is an ultra-sleek fuel tank. Its flowing lines easily lead the eye along the delicate curves that bring together the highly customized form of this mid-sized cruiser.

Ready for local streets to interstate highways, the Vulcan 900 Custom motorcycle combines excellent power, effortless maneuverability and exceptional looks, making it the cruiser to own.

RIGHT OFF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR, THE KAWASAKI VULCAN® 900 CUSTOM V-TWIN HAS ALL THE STYLE AND ATTITUDE OF A ONE-OF-A-KIND CRUISER. WITH ITS TALL FRONT WHEEL, DRAG-STYLE CHROME HANDLEBARS AND LOW-SLUNG SEAT, THE APPEARANCE OF THIS KAWASAKI V-TWIN STANDS IN STARK CONTRAST TO ITS SMOOTH RIDE AND STEADFAST RELIABILITY. ENJOY THE DYNAMIC FUSION OF HAND-BUILT DESIGN AND PRODUCTION QUALITY WITH THE VULCAN 900 CUSTOM.

•Fuel-injected 903cc V-twin delivers ample roll-on power and excellent fuel economy
•Low seat height adds to rider confidence by enabling both feet to be placed on the ground at stops
•Wide drag bars enable plenty of leverage from the comfortable and roomy one-piece seat, and forward-mounted footpegs complete the relaxed riding stance
•Low center of gravity for easy handling
•Custom styling with teardrop tank, parallel slash cut pipes, pinstripe wheels and engine fins

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.


 



2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

KEY FEATURES

• STYLISH CAST WHEELS
• LARGEST REAR TIRE IN CLASS
• AGGRESSIVE FLAT HANDLEBAR AND FORWARD FOOTPEGS
• BELT DRIVE
• LOW SEAT HEIGHT WITH SPORTY GUNFIGHTER STYLING
• BLACK PIPES, ENGINE CASES, AIR FILTER COVER AND WHEELS



 

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

ENGINE
903cc V-Twin, SOHC Engine
Tuned to deliver lots of torque from low rpm.
Smooth and reliable.
Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft for that classic V-twin rumble without the heavy vibration.

Liquid and Air Cooling
Finned cylinders and heads combine with liquid cooling to provide exceptional thermal control.
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power.
Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic.
Includes temperature warning light.

Rubber-Mounted Engine
Eliminates engine vibration at all speeds.

Positive Neutral Finder(KP)
Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to select neutral easily, every time.

Digital Fuel Injection (KP)
Dual throttle valves(KP) 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 fuel 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.

FRAME
Double Cradle Frame
Large-diameter box section backbone is very rigid, allows use of a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds.
Triangular swingarm appears to be a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat.
Long and low for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact.
Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds.
Long wheelbase adds to highway stability.

Low Stepped Seat
Ultra-low 27-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both-feet on the ground at stops.
Laid-back riding comfort for two.

Front and Rear Disc Brakes
A 300mm front and 270mm rear disc have twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class.

21-inch Front Wheel
Designed by hand, the cast wheel’s 18 “spokes” are tapered and flanged in two directions for an exquisite custom appearance.
Narrow profile for that custom American chopper look.

Wide Rear Tire
180mm rear tire mounted on a solid 15-inch cast wheel provides added stability while projecting a powerful image.
Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers.


 



 

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8499 USD

Power
Engine
4-stroke, 55° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled
Displacement
903cc/55.10 cu in
Bore x Stroke
88.0 x 74.2mm
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Maximum Torque
58.2 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Fuel System
DFI® 34mm throttle bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves
Ignition
TCBI with digital advance
Transmission
5-speed with positive neutral finder
Final Drive
Kevlar-reinforced belt
Performance
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/5.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Uni-Trak® swingarm, 7-way adjustable spring preload/4.1 in
Front Tire
80/90×21
Rear Tire
180/70×15
Front Brakes
Single 300mm hydraulic disc
Rear Brakes
Single 270mm hydraulic disc
Details
Frame Type
Double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail
33°/7.2 in
Overall Length
94.7 in
Overall Width
35.2 in
Overall Height
44.1 in
Ground Clearance
5.5 in
Seat Height
27.0 in
Curb Weight
610.8 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.3 gal
Wheelbase
64.8 in
Color Choices
Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray
Warranty
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36, or 48 months





 

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9999 CAD

ENGINE
Displacement 903cc
Type 4-stroke, V-Twin
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)
BRAKES
Front: type Single 300 mm disc
Front: calipers 2-piston calipers
Rear: type Single 270 mm hydraulic disc
Rear: calipers 2-piston calipers
DIMENSIONS
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.)
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 80/90-21
Wheel travel: rear 103 mm (4.1 in.)
Tire: rear 180/70-15
Caster (rake) 33°
Trail 182 mm (7.1 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 36° / 36°
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Power‡ 37 kW {50.0 PS} @ 5,700 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 78 N·m {8.0 kgƒ·m} @ 3,500 rpm
SUSPENSION
Suspension, front 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Uni-Trak with 7-way adjustable preload
DETAILS
Warranty 12 months warranty

 

 


 

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £7299 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement
903 cm³
Bore x stroke
88.0 x 74.2 mm
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Valve system
SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø34 mm x 2 with dual throttles
Starting System
Electric
Lubrication
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Single 300 mm disc
Brakes, rear
Single 270 mm disc
Suspension, front
41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear
Uni-Trak
Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
35 kW {48 PS} / 5,700 rpm
Maximum torque
78 N·m {8.0 kgf·m} / 3,700 rpm
Transmission
5-speed, return
Final drive
Belt
Clutch
Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Double-cradle, steel
Trail
33º/182 mm
Wheel travel front
150 mm
Wheel travel rear
103 mm
Tyre, front
80/90-21M/C 48H
Tyre, rear
180/70-15M/C 76H
Steering angle, left / right
36º / 36º
L x W x H
2,405 x 895 x 1,120 mm
Wheelbase
1,645 mm
Ground clearance
140 mm
Fuel capacity
20 litres
Seat height
685 mm



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