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2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Review

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

FULL SIZE PERFORMANCE.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Review on Total Motorcycle:

The Vulcan® 900 Classic LT shares all of the attributes of the Vulcan 900 Classic but has all the necessary touring goods like an adjustable  windshield, deep-dye saddlebags and passenger backrest, to comfortably rack up the miles.

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.

FULL-SIZE PERFORMANCE IN A MIDDLEWEIGHT CRUISER GIVES YOU THE POWER AND EFFICIENCY TO TAKE ON ROADS OF ALL SIZES–ACROSS TOWN OR ACROSS STATE LINES. ENJOY ALL-DAY COMFORT WITH THE SCULPTED SEATS, SPACIOUS FLOORBOARDS AND A PROTECTIVE WINDSHIELD, AND LET THE POWER OF THE LIQUID-COOLED 903cc V-TWIN ENGINE PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.

•Fuel-injected 903cc V-twin engine delivers ample roll-on power and excellent fuel economy
•Comfortable seat for rider and passenger with standard passenger backrest
•Studded seat, leather saddlebags and backrest add style and functionality
•Height adjustable windscreen adds comfort by reducing wind fatigue
•Low seat height adds to rider confidence by enabling both feet to be placed on ground at stops
•Comes with a 24-month limited warranty

THE CRUISERS THAT DEFINE DEPENDABILITY, COMFORT AND STYLE
Kawasaki continues to lead the industry in comfort and produce high performing, incredibly versatile and dependable motorcycles with its stylish 2018 Vulcan® model lineup. With two engine displacements available there is a Vulcan for anyone looking for a touring motorcycle.

Powered by a V-twin 903cc engine offering excellent performance, traditional styling and modern dependability, the Vulcan® 900 cruiser delivers far more substance than anticipated and sets the bar high in the mid-weight cruiser category.

For riders looking for the ultimate long-distance machine, Kawasaki offers the Vulcan® 1700 family of motorcycles. The Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® ABS and Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® ABS present riders with a classic V-twin experience equipped with Kawasaki dependability. All Vulcan 1700 models are backed by a three-year limited warranty, with additional protection available for up to 36 months through the optional Kawasaki Protection Plus™ plan.

The Vulcan® 900 Classic motorcycle is a mid-sized cruiser that offers a comfortable ride in combination with timeless good looks and a liquid-cooled V-twin engine. The motorcycle features dual slash-cut mufflers and a sound that stirs the soul as it cruises the road. A rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 Classic cruiser keeps the overall weight down and improves rear-end styling. In 2018 this model is available in Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray.

The Vulcan® 900 Classic LT, a V-twin-powered cruiser, is equipped with a distinctive fat 180/70×15 rear tire and has the necessary touring goods to get you to your destination in comfort and style. Both rider and passenger will appreciate the large, adjustable windshield, the deep-dyed saddlebags, and passenger backrest. In 2018, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT is available in Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone.

The Vulcan® 900 Custom styling exudes attitude, from its tall front tire to blacked-out mufflers. In addition, the low-slung gunfighter-type seat, massive rear tire, stylish front-end accentuated by a thin 21” cast wheel and meticulously sculpted bodywork are standout features. The Vulcan 900 Custom motorcycle is available in Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black.

The features of the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS motorcycle add up to a truly top-of-the-line bagger, encompassing a perfect combination of functionality across a wide range of environments, from inner-city running to cruising down the open road. The Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS motorcycle is available in Metallic Spark Black.

The Vulcan® 1700 Voyager ABS motorcycle is intended for riders who seek modern comfort and plenty of technology as well as the legendary Kawasaki dependability. With its ample storage capacity and large fuel tank, the 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1700 Voyager ABS is equipped to reach destinations with ease, and its range of features will help the rider to arrive in comfort. In 2018, the Vulcan Voyager ABS motorcycle is available in Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone.

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

• TOP-QUALITY LEATHER SADDLEBAGS STANDARD
• PASSENGER BACKREST STANDARD
• WINDSCREEN STANDARD
• 2-TONE PAINT STANDARD
• 24-MONTH WARRANTY STANDARD

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Saddlebags
•Made with reinforced top grain cowhide that is carefully selected with minimal flaws and deep dyed so that the finish can’t be scraped off.
•Slant top opening lid, fastened with two 1.5-inch wide leather straps with chrome buckles and quick release stealth fasteners.
•Dual panel lid construction with embossed Vulcan logo detail.
•One-half inch diameter chrome plated brass stud accents.
•Metal reinforced upper edge so bags hold their shape.
•Rolled and riveted top lid minimizes water entry.

Seat
•Detailed with ½-inch diameter chrome plated brass studs.

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

Windscreen
•Thick, optically correct acrylic plastic windscreen is shaped for smooth airflow and cruiser style.
•Strong chrome plated steel supports.
•Adjustable height to fit riders, needs.

Two-Tone Paint
•Rich color combinations highlight the elegant fender and tank design.

TOURING READY

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 bodies(KP) with 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.

24-Month Warranty
•Vulcan LT models feature a 24-month factory warranty.

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

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,999 USD

Power
Engine
4-stroke, 55° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled
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 @ 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
130/90×16
Rear Tire
180/70×15
Front Brakes
Single 300mm hydraulic disc
Rear Brakes
Single 270mm hydraulic disc
Details
Frame Type
Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail
32°/6.3 in
Overall Length
97.0 in
Overall Width
39.6 in
Overall Height
58.3 in
Ground Clearance
5.3 in
Seat Height
26.8 in
Curb Weight
657.1 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.3 gal
Wheelbase
64.8 in
Color Choices
Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone
Warranty
24 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36, or 48 months

 

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $11,199 CDN

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  2,465 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  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°
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
Details

Warranty  24 months warranty

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

 

 

 

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