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2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

 

– 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

VULCAN® 2000 CLASSIC TAKES A PROVEN CRUISER AND MODIFIES THE LOOK TO REACH RIDERS SEEKING CLASSIC STYLING
IN A BIG-BORE V-TWIN


Kawasaki performance and classic good looks will make this new Vulcan a winner.

Kawasaki’s Vulcan® 2000 arrived at showrooms two years ago, featuring the largest V-twin engine in a mass-production motorcycle—literally jumping to the top rung of any ladder measuring supremacy in the cruiser kingdom. This year, Kawasaki adds another variation to its big-bore stable with the introduction of the Vulcan® 2000 Classic.


Keying off all the features found on the Vulcan 2000, Kawasaki engineers and designers raised the ante in this category by incorporating a series of classically styled elements to the aptly-named 2000 Classic. For example, a classic-style headlight, buckhorn style handlebar bend, a thicker, reshaped passenger seat for increased comfort, etched insignia on the right side airbox cover, a longer, reconfigured sidestand to make it simpler to get the 2000 upright, a distinctively styled speedometer face, and a tank-top ignition key.


Coupled with the abundance of power and torque offered by this 2,053cc king of the road, the rider seeking a more traditional style need look no further. Performance from this power plant is a virtual given, and now with an updated, yet classically-driven appearance, riders drawn to Kawasaki’s well-known imagery will have a new answer for their road-going travels.


And if it’s off the showroom floor appearance isn’t exactly what the rider seeks, Kawasaki’s accessories can offer a multitude of options for personal customization.


Power for this stylish cruiser comes from a massive V-twin engine featuring a bore and stroke of 103 x 123.2mm, forged pistons, alloy-steel connecting rods, huge 220mm flywheels, dual cams located within the one-piece crankcase and right-side pushrods actuating four valves per cylinder. Notably, Kawasaki engineers chose to utilize a push rod design in order to reduce engine height, which directly contributes to the Vulcan 2000’s low center of gravity and relatively low seat height. Plus, hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain zero valve clearance for smoother, quieter operation.


Cruiser fans will appreciate the Vulcan 2000’s classic V-twin sound thanks, in part, to the single-pin crankshaft, while dual counterbalancers and rubber engine mounts keep it running smoothly.


To provide sharp throttle response at any rpm, the Vulcan 2000’s electronic engine control unit (ECU) manages electronic fuel injection with its dual 46mm throttle bodies and sub-throttle valves, as well as the iridium spark plug ignition system. The sub-throttle valves help provide the Vulcan 2000 with smooth throttle response, while the highly sophisticated fuel injection system’s fine atomizing injectors deliver an ultra-fine mist of fuel/air mixture to the cylinders for greater combustion efficiency, increased power and optimum fuel economy.
The top quarter of the V-twin engine is liquid-cooled, while temperatures for the bottom three-quarters of the engine are managed by stylish and highly functional cooling fins. Plus, the engine and transmission feature built-in oil and water pumps, with the transmission also serving as the oil tank.


The chrome air cleaner cover is nestled between the cylinders, which feature a black matte finish, and the cooling fins are polished to a bright metallic shine. Dual exhaust pipes and mufflers emit a distinctive V-twin rumble, and include honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions.


A Hyvo primary drive chain transfers torque from the big V-twin engine to the five-speed transmission case, which houses a multi-plate wet clutch. To fully benefit from its advanced electronics, a gear position sensor in the transmission sends signals to the ECU, further enhancing fuel injection volume and ignition timing, and thus improving performance. Final drive to the rear wheel is provided by smooth, quiet and low maintenance belt drive.


The V-twin engine is utilized as a member of the Vulcan’s steel, double-cradle frame, which features a large-diameter, box-section single-tube backbone. Coupled to the frame is a simple but elegant rear steel tube swingarm suspension with a direct-action single shock. The rear suspension provides 3.9 inches of travel, and includes spring preload and rebound adjustment. Up front, large 49mm forks provide precise steering feedback and 5.9 inches of travel.


Styling queues that put the Vulcan 2000 Classic at the forefront of cruiser design include a bullet-style headlight. Adding to its high-end status is the chrome instrument panel with its large-face speedometer; mounted on a stretched, 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the V-shaped panel keeps the rider informed with an LCD display and warning lamps. The bucket-type saddle with matching passenger seat complements the Vulcan’s long, curving silhouette while providing all-day riding comfort.

The Vulcan 2000 Classic rides on bright, cast aluminum 16-inch wheels with a 150/80 front radial tire and a huge, 200/60 rear radial tire – the biggest stock rear tire on a production V-twin cruiser. Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a single rear disc brake with two-piston caliper bring this big cruiser to smooth, powerful stops.
Authentic Kawasaki Accessories are available through Kawasaki dealers or they can be purchased on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.


Features and Benefits
Engine
– 2,053cc four-stroke engine produces massive torque across the entire rpm range
– Forged pistons and alloy connecting rods are strong and light
– Huge 220mm flywheels smooth power delivery
– Push-rod valve actuation contributes to lower engine height, low center of gravity and relatively low seat height
– Hydraulic valve adjusters reduce maintenance
– Engine Control Unit (ECU) manages electronic fuel injection and digital ignition system optimize throttle response
– Fuel injection system features sub throttle valves for smooth throttle response
– Fuel injection system’s fine atomizing injectors deliver ultra-fine fuel/air mixture for greater combustion efficiency, increased power and optimum fuel economy
– Center spark plugs enhance combustion for smooth, consistent power and reduced emissions
– Liquid and air cooling maintain consistent operating temperatures
– Engine and transmission feature built-in oil and water pumps, reducing the number of parts and reducing weight
– Single-pin crank contributes to a classic V-twin sound
Transmission / Final Drive
– A gear position sensor in the five-speed transmission sends signals to the ECU, further enhancing fuel injection and ignition performance
– Belt final drive is smooth, quiet, reliable and low maintenance
Frame and Suspension
– Steel double-cradle frame features large-diameter, box-section single-tube backbone for strength
– Engine is utilized as a stressed member of the frame to minimize chassis weight
– Steel pipe swingarm is simple and elegant
– Direct-action single shock features spring preload and rebound damping adjustment with 3.9 inches of travel for a smooth ride
– Large 49mm forks provide precise steering feedback and 5.9 inches of travel
Wheels and Tires
– 16-inch cast aluminum wheels add to the Vulcan 2000 Classic’s high-quality look
– 200/60R series rear tire is the largest stock tire size fitted to a production V-twin cruiser
– Radial tires enhance handling and give the Vulcan 2000 a firm, “planted” feel
Brakes
– Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and single rear disc brakes provide smooth, powerful stops

2006 KAWASAKI VULCAN® 2000 CLASSIC SPECIFICATIONS*

Engine
Four-stroke V-twin, dual cams, 8 valves
Displacement
2,053cc
Bore x stroke
103 x 123.2mm
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Cooling
Liquid, plus cooling fins
Induction
Electronic fuel injection, 46mm throttle bodies
Ignition
TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission
Five-speed
Frame
Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake / trail
32° / 7.2 in.
Suspension type, front
49mm telescopic fork
Suspension type, rear
Steel pipe swingarm with direct-action single shock
Suspension adjustments, rear
Fully adjustable spring preload, eight-way rebound damping
Wheel travel, front
5.9 in.
Wheel travel, rear
3.9 in.
Tire, front
150/80R16
Tire, rear
200/60R16
Brakes, front / rear
Dual 300mm discs with four-piston calipers / 320mm disc with dual-piston caliper
Overall length / width / height
N/A
Ground clearance
5.3 in.
Seat height
26.8 in.
Dry weight
750 lbs.
Fuel capacity
5.5 gal.
Wheelbase
68.3 in.
Colors
Ebony, Galaxy Silver
Wholesale distributor
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 770-0400
www.kawasaki.com

 

Official Press Release

2006 VULCAN® 2000 CLASSIC LT FINDS ITS NICHE AMONGST FOUR BIG-BORE CRUISERS FROM KAWASAKI

Perfect combination of power, performance…and modified individuality.

For the 2006 model year, Kawasaki has spread its wings in the big-bore V-twin cruiser arena by adding two more unique versions of its Vulcan® 2000 to the growing line-up of cruisers populating America’s back roads and highways. The Vulcan® 2000 Classic LT is the one that responds to consumer interest in an off-the-showroom floor dressed up cruiser—one that comes with accessories designed to compliment the overall 2000 styling, yet adding a flavor all its own.

The Vulcan 2000 Classic LT will make its mark with those more interested in weekend jaunts than simply getting back and forth to work. It will help Kawasaki further establish its dealer showrooms as the place for big bike motorcyclists to do their shopping. And more than anything, it will marry the performance inherent in the 2,053cc family of top-of-the-line cruisers with Kawasaki’s own take on individualized styling. While it comes with special accessories as part of the package, this motorcycle is eminently slated to be further customized by its purchasers. And the company’s broad offering of accessories will give owners of this new entry every opportunity to do just that.

The accessories coming standard with this new, stylish cruiser are saddlebags, passenger floorboards, passenger backrest, and a windshield.

The bags are constructed of reinforced top grain cowhide (selected with minimal flaws and deep dyed so the finish won’t scrape off), and are highlighted by chrome plated brass stud accents on the bag lids, a slant top opening on the lid which is fastened with two 1.5-inch wide leather straps featuring chrome buckles and quick release stealth fasteners. To protect the contents from moisture getting into the bags, the rolled and riveted top lid minimizes water entry. A metal-reinforced upper edge keeps the bags holding their shape, while they hold the rider’s gear.

Chrome plated brass studs adorn the special seat and match those attached to both the bags and the passenger backrest. Together, they provide a styling line both attractive and distinctive. The backrest is a classic new style that takes both visual appearance and comfort into consideration.

The adjustable height windshield is made of thick, optically correct acrylic plastic and is shaped for smooth airflow and classic cruiser style.

Power for this stylish cruiser comes from a massive V-twin engine featuring a bore and stroke of 103 x 123.2mm, forged pistons, alloy-steel connecting rods, huge 220mm flywheels, dual cams located within the one-piece crankcase and right-side pushrods actuating four valves per cylinder. Notably, Kawasaki engineers chose to utilize a push rod design in order to reduce engine height, which directly contributes to the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT’s low center of gravity and relatively low seat height. Plus, hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain zero valve clearance for smoother, quieter operation.

Cruiser fans will appreciate the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT’s V-twin sound thanks, in part, to the single-pin crankshaft, while dual counterbalancers and rubber engine mounts keep it running smoothly.

To provide sharp throttle response at any rpm, the Vulcan 2000’s electronic engine control unit (ECU) manages electronic fuel injection with its dual 46mm throttle bodies and sub throttle valves, as well as the iridium spark plug ignition system. The sub throttle valves provide the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT with smooth throttle response, while the highly sophisticated fuel injection system’s fine atomizing injectors deliver an ultra-fine mist of fuel/air mixture to the cylinders for greater combustion efficiency, increased power and optimum fuel economy.

The top quarter of the V-twin engine is liquid cooled, while temperatures for the bottom three-quarters of the engine are managed by stylish and highly functional cooling fins. Plus, the engine and transmission feature built-in oil and water pumps, with the transmission also serving as the oil tank.

The chrome air cleaner cover is nestled between the cylinders, which feature a black matte finish, and the cooling fins are polished to a bright metallic shine. Dual exhaust pipes and mufflers emit a distinctive V-twin rumble, and include honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions.

A Hyvo primary drive chain transfers torque from the big V-twin engine to the five-speed transmission case, which houses a multi-plate wet clutch. To fully benefit from the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT’s advanced electronics, a gear position sensor in the transmission sends signals to the ECU, further enhancing fuel injection volume and ignition timing, and thus improving performance. Final drive to the rear wheel is provided by smooth, quiet and low maintenance belt drive.

The V-twin engine is utilized as a member of the Vulcan’s steel, double-cradle frame, which features a large-diameter, box-section single-tube backbone. Coupled to the frame is a simple but elegant rear steel tube swingarm suspension with a direct-action single shock. The rear suspension provides 3.9 inches of travel, and includes spring preload and rebound adjustment. Up front, large 49mm forks provide precise steering feedback and 5.9 inches of travel.

Styling queues that put the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT at the forefront of cruiser design include a bullet-style headlight. Adding to its high-end status is the chrome instrument panel with its large-face speedometer; mounted on a stretched, 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the V-shaped panel keeps the rider informed with an LCD display and warning lamps.

This Vulcan motorcycle rides on bright, cast aluminum 16-inch wheels with a 150/80 front radial tire and a huge, 200/60 rear radial tire – the biggest stock rear tire on a production V-twin cruiser. Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a single rear disc brake with two-piston caliper bring this big cruiser to smooth, powerful stops.

Authentic Kawasaki Accessories are available through Kawasaki dealers or they can be purchased on the Internet at www kawasaki.com.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and sells at wholesale Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and power products through a network of more than 1,500 independent retailers, with an additional 8,400 retailers specializing in power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 2,400 people in the United States, with more than 350 of them located at the Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide and the brand is aggressively carrying its heritage of leading-edge power, performance and exhilaration into the 21st century. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.



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