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Kawasaki Vulcan 800

 

– 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 800

No genre in the motorcycle world provides such a wide variety of style and engine size choices as the cruiser segment, and one of the best is the Kawasaki Vulcan® 800.

The heart of the Vulcan 800 is a powerful 805cc V-twin engine, which benefits from years of Kawasaki engineering expertise. The engine incorporates liquid cooling for exceptional temperature control and engine longevity, but its radiator is hidden between the downtubes of the double-cradle frame, giving the bike a stylish air-cooled look. The overall result is an attractive, high-torque motor that makes loads of power and emits the distinctive exhaust note associated with a V-twin.

Like the engine, the Vulcan 800’s chassis is the beneficiary of high-tech design and is clothed in nostalgic cruiser garb, including wire wheels, stepped seat and a teardrop fuel tank. Kawasaki’s own UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system is hidden away to give the triangulated steel swingarm a clean, hardtail appearance. But in actuality, the linkage system applies progressive damping and spring forces as the single shock is compressed to provide a smooth ride.

Power reaches the chain-driven rear wheel through a five-speed transmission. The transmission, which features Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder, allows the rider to easily shift from first gear to neutral when stopped. While stationary, the lever can’t be raised into second gear, but as the motorcycle begins moving again the transmission resumes normal shifting. Fender to fender, this machine is the picture of fluidity.



Features & Benefits

V-Twin 805cc Engine with Gear-driven Balancer

– Torque from idle to redline

– Smooth and reliable

– Balancer allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration

Four Valves Per Cylinder

– Better breathing for more power and low-end torque

– Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow

– Single overhead-cam design is simple, lightweight and practical

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 during hard use

– Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic

– Includes temperature warning light

Five-speed Transmission

– Low first and second gear combine with high final drive for great acceleration and relaxed highway cruising

– Positive Neutral Finder, a Kawasaki exclusive, makes finding neutral easy when stopped

36mm CVK Side-draft Carburetor

– Equipped with an accelerator pump for quick throttle response

Double-Cradle Frame

– High-tensile steel for strength and light weight

– Right down-tube unbolts for easy engine access

Low Stepped Seat

– Confidence-inspiring, both-feet-on-the-ground stability

– Laid-back riding comfort for two

Tank-mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps

– Compact design complements the bike’s clean look

– Clean-design locking gas cap

Aluminum Handlebar Holders

– Simple, elegant design

– Chrome-plated for extra sparkle

Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition with Digital Timing Advance (TCBI)

– A hot spark at all engine speeds for easy starting, smooth running and good fuel economy

41mm Front Fork

– Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel

– 34° rake angle for excellent straight line ability

– Wide fork pitch for classic look

Disc Front Brake

– A single 300mm disc with hydraulic caliper keeps the front end lean while providing sure stops

48-Spoke Custom Wheels

– Chromed steel rims and spokes

– “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub

UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

– Single shock absorber with seven-way cam-type preload adjuster

– Shock and linkage are tucked in out of sight to give the swingarm a clean, uncluttered look

Sleek Swingarm Design

– Triangulated, steel swingarm looks like a “hard tail”

V-Twin 805cc Engine with Gear-driven Balancer

– Torque from idle to redline

– Smooth and reliable

– Balancer allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration

Four Valves Per Cylinder

– Better breathing for more power and low-end torque

– Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow

– Single overhead-cam design is simple, lightweight and practical

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 during hard use

– Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic

– Includes temperature warning light

Five-speed Transmission

– Low first and second gear combine with high final drive for great acceleration and relaxed highway cruising

– Positive Neutral Finder, a Kawasaki exclusive, makes finding neutral easy when stopped

36mm CVK Side-draft Carburetor

– Equipped with an accelerator pump for quick throttle response

Double-Cradle Frame

– High-tensile steel for strength and light weight

– Right down-tube unbolts for easy engine access

Low Stepped Seat

– Confidence-inspiring, both-feet-on-the-ground stability

– Laid-back riding comfort for two

Tank-mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps

– Compact design complements the bike’s clean look

– Clean-design locking gas cap

Aluminum Handlebar Holders

– Simple, elegant design

– Chrome-plated for extra sparkle

Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition with Digital Timing Advance (TCBI)

– A hot spark at all engine speeds for easy starting, smooth running and good fuel economy

41mm Front Fork

– Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel

– 34° rake angle for excellent straight line ability

– Wide fork pitch for classic look

Disc Front Brake

– A single 300mm disc with hydraulic caliper keeps the front end lean while providing sure stops

48-Spoke Custom Wheels

– Chromed steel rims and spokes

– “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub

UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

– Single shock absorber with seven-way cam-type preload adjuster

– Shock and linkage are tucked in out of sight to give the swingarm a clean, uncluttered look

Sleek Swingarm Design

– Triangulated, steel swingarm looks like a “hard tail”

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine: Four-stroke, SOHC, 8-valve V-twin

Displacement: 805cc

Starting: Electric

Bore x stroke: 88 x 66.2mm

Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Cooling: Liquid

Carburetion: Keihin CVK36

Ignition: Digital

Transmission: Five-speed

Final drive: O-ring chain

Frame: Double-cradle, high-tensile steel

Rake / trail: 34° / 5.9 in.

Suspension type, front: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork

Suspension type, rear: UNI-TRAK® single-shock system

Suspension adjustments, rear: 7-way preload

Wheel travel, front: 5.9 in.

Wheel travel, rear: 3.9 in.

Tire, front: 80/90 x 21 tubeless

Tire, rear: 140/90 x 16 tubeless

Brakes, front / rear: Hydraulic discs / Mechanical drum

Overall length: 92.9 in.

Overall width: 32.5 in.

Overall height: 46.1 in.

Ground clearance: 6.3 in.

Seat height: 28.0 in.

Dry weight: 496 lbs.

Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal.

Wheelbase: 64.0 in.

Color: Candy Thunder Blue


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