2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

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

THE DO IT ALL MIDSIZE CRUISER.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review on Total Motorcycle:

With a presence that’s larger than its name, the Vulcan® 900 Classic out performs many big heavyweight cruisers, while its classic stance, rich paint and stylish spoke wheels remain true to the traditional classic cruiser.

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.

THE VULCAN® 900 CLASSIC OFFERS CLEAN, FLOWING LINES FOR A LOOK AS SMOOTH AS THE RIDE ON THIS KAWASAKI MID-SIZE CRUISER. POWERED BY A 903cc V-TWIN ENGINE, THE VULCAN 900 CLASSIC HAS THE MUSCLE TO MATCH ITS BOLD APPEARANCE, WITH A PLUSH BUCKET SEAT AND SPACIOUS FLOORBOARDS FOR ALL-DAY COMFORT.

•Fuel-injected 903cc V-twin engine 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
•Rider floorboards with heel/toe shifter enhance rider comfort
•Tank-mounted instrumentation on class-leading 5.3-gallon fuel tank
•Adding to the look and feel of the bike, the 180mm rear tire is the widest in its class

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 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

• LARGEST REAR TIRE IN CLASS
• LARGEST FUEL TANK CAPACITY IN CLASS
• TANK-MOUNTED INSTRUMENTATION INCLUDING FUEL GAUGE
• LOW SEAT HEIGHT
• BLACK ENGINE COVERS AND CASES, CYLINDERS, VALVE COVERS, AIR FILTER COVER, FORK COVERS, LOWER FORK LEGS

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

903cc V-Twin, SOHC Engine
•Tuned to deliver lots of torque from low rpm.
•Precise tolerances for strong and reliable performance.
•Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft 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.

Rubber-Mounted Engine
•Reduces excess 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.
•A Kawasaki exclusive.

Digital Fuel Injection (KP)
•Dual throttle bodies 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. 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 hard tail 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 26.4-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both-feet on the ground at stops.
•Laid-back riding comfort for two.

Spoke Wheels
•Chromed steel rims and spokes, for retro style.
•“Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub.

Wide Rear Tire
•180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image.
•Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers.

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7,999 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
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
41.9 in
Ground Clearance
5.3 in
Seat Height
26.8 in
Curb Weight
619.6 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.3 gal
Wheelbase
64.8 in
Color Choices
Metallic Matte Graphite Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray
Warranty
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36, or 48 months

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9,799 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  Twin-piston caliper  Rear: type  Single 270 mm disc  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  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
Frame

Type  Double-cradle, high-tensile steel  Wheel travel: front  150 mm (5.90 in.)  Tire: front  130/90-16  Wheel travel: rear  103 mm (4.06 in.)  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
Details

Warranty  12 months

 

 

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

 

 

 

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