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The Kawasaki Vulcan™ 800 Classic motorcycle is truly the epitome of custom-cruiser attitude. Reminiscent of the 1950s, the Vulcan 800 Classic is loaded with nostalgic traits, such as deeply valanced fenders and a big, fat tire on the spoked front wheel. Chromed covers make the fork downtubes shine and are complemented by a large chromed headlight housing. The tank-mounted speedometer adds extra custom look appeal, as does the low-stepped seat. This classic styling, combined with modern performance features and affordable pricing, make this V-twin cruiser a class leader on the sales floor.
Powering the Vulcan 800 Classic is a rubber-mounted 805cc V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft, and a gear-driven balancer to reduce vibration. Finned cylinders and four-valve heads are liquid cooled for optimum thermal control. Concealed automatic cam chain tensioners preserve the engine’s clean lines, while simultaneously allowing maintenance-free, precise cam timing. A spin-on oil filter helps keep maintenance at a minimum.
The 36mm Keihin carburetor is equipped with an accelerator pump for quick throttle response. To take advantage of the engine’s broad torque curve, the five-speed transmission enhances the strong acceleration and creates a relaxed engine pace at highway speeds. The transmission also features Kawasaki’s Positive Neutral Finder, which simplifies finding neutral while at a stop.
The single backbone, double cradle frame design gives the Vulcan 800 Classic stability at highway speeds and maneuverability on city streets. At the rear of the frame, a sleek, triangulated steel swingarm and hidden Kawasaki UNI-TRAK® linkage rear suspension system provide a smooth ride while maintaining the look of a hard-tail cruiser. Up front, the 41mm front fork aids in handling and offers a wide stance for the classic cruiser look.
By combining modern features with nostalgic V-twin looks, the Vulcan 800 Classic makes a smart statement about style and value.
Kawasaki Vulcan® Cruisers
By introducing the KZ900 LTD in 1976, Kawasaki was an early metric leader in what has become today’s cruiser movement. When the Vulcan® 750 cruiser debuted 10 years later, it was Kawasaki’s first V-twin-powered cruiser and featured high-tech items such as liquid cooling, double overhead cams, shaft drive, dual disc front brakes and mag wheels. In 1995, Kawasaki unveiled the Vulcan™ 800, one of the industry’s first V-twin metric cruisers to feature modern cruiser styling.
For 2002, the Kawasaki cruiser lineup is 10 models strong and ranges from the entry-level Eliminator® 125 to the brand-new Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak. The venerable Vulcan 500 LTD, Vulcan 750 and Vulcan 800 models retain the stylish characteristics that have made them popular, and are now available in new hues.
Also available this year are the Vulcan Classic and Drifter™ models. The Classics include the 800, 1500 and 1500 Fi, and provide a choice in both displacement and technological advancement without sacrificing style. Similarly, the Drifter 800 and Drifter 1500 provide a stylish retro appearance, but in both the mid- and heavyweight-cruiser genres.
In addition to the bikes, a key element to the cruiser lifestyle is customizing the motorcycle to fit individual design tastes and performance needs. Fortunately, Kawasaki offers its own extensive line of genuine Fire & Steel™ accessories. Motorcyclists can choose from literally hundreds of parts to customize their Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycles, and in doing so, make their own bold statement. Customers can find Fire & Steel accessories at their local Kawasaki dealer or shop online at buykawasaki.com.
Bore x Stroke
88 x 66.2 mm.
SOHC, 8 valves
Uni-Trak with 7 way cam-type preload adjuster
single 300mm disc with hydraulic caliper
Candy Cardinal Red, Metallic Violet Royal
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations.