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2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

– 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic


Abundant power and handling for demanding riders

Following the path forged by the original Vulcan® 1500 cruiser’s design, the Vulcan® 1600 Classic continues to provide riders an experience that’s hard to forget. Its good looks materialize in the form of a low, sleek chassis matched with equally impressive V-twin power are without a doubt a big part of this successful motorcycle.

At the center of this exciting bike is a 95-cubic inch V-twin engine generating plenty of low-end torque and supplying the Vulcan 1600 Classic with more than enough power for just about anything its rider chooses to do. Extra power is nice for playtime, but when a plan calls for extended seat-time, the single-pin crankshaft and a gear-driven counter balancer work together to provide a comforting rhythm without those harsh vibrations.

Complimenting the engine’s power is a large, 41mm telescopic fork and the stout frame, which provide maximum rigidity for superb steering feel, easy side-to-side transitions and excellent ride quality. Dual rear shocks with four-way adjustable damping deliver exceptional comfort for long days in the saddle. Cast seven-spoke wheels allow the use of large tubeless tires and wide fenders to give the 1600 Classic its tough look.

A wide, pullback handlebar, stepped seat, dual slash-cut mufflers, and a multi-reflector headlight are several of the design details that make the 1600 Classic a one-of-a-kind American classic. Features of the tank-mounted, integrated instrument cluster include an LCD screen, ignition switch, fuel-injection warning lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, tripmeter and clock.




– 1,552cc / 95 cu. in. SOHC, V-Twin

– Tuned for low- and mid-range power to deliver gutsy acceleration in the typical cruising range

– Oversquare 102 x 95mm bore and stroke helps ensure punchy response and a broad spread of satisfying power


– Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use

– Uses quiet and efficient ring-type cooling fan

Four-Valve Cylinder Heads

– Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on today’s lower-octane gasoline

– Dished piston crowns allow for 9.0:1 compression ratio

– Boosts low-end torque

– Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow

Fuel Injection System

– Digital control for maximum accuracy

– Produces easy starting, smooth running, high performance and reduced exhaust emissions

Gear-Driven Engine Balancer

– Counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration

– Allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration

Five-Speed Transmission

– Five-speed transmission combines great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising

Positive Neutral Finder

– Just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily, every time

Hydraulic Clutch

– Easy to operate and maintain

Chamberless Dual Mufflers

– Dual slash-cut mufflers give increased power feel

– Catalyzers built into each muffler to meet emissions regulations

– ECU controls the electromagnetic solenoid valve of the secondary air system to further reduce emissions

Dual Alternators

– Dual alternators provide enough output to power additional electrical accessories


– Uses twin 40 x 40mm square cross section tubes to create single backbone

– Single backbone accommodates larger capacity fuel tank

43mm Telescopic Fork

– Provides superb steering feedback and excellent ride quality

Dual Shocks with Four-Way Rebound Damping

– Deliver first-class comfort and high stability


– Dual 300mm diameter discs and 300mm single rear disc supply abundant stopping power

Dished Cast Wheels

– Allow the use of tubeless tires

– Large tires and wheels give 1600 Classic a tough look

Integrated Instrument Cluster

– Features LCD screen and tank-mounted ignition switch

– Incorporates fuel-injection warning lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, tripmeter and clock


– Self-canceling turn signals automatically shut off after eight seconds or traveling 213 feet

– Wider fenders enhance style

– Chrome-backed mirrors are stylish and corrosion resistant

– Locking left-side cover holds tool kit and provides space for small items


SPECIFICATIONS USA – 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic:
Engine: Four-stroke, air/liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, V-twin
Displacement: 1,552cc / 95ci
Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 95.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Cooling: Liquid
Induction: Digital fuel injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Final drive: Shaft
Frame: High-tensile steel, double cradle
Rake / trail: 32 degrees / 6.6 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Dual air-assisted shocks / 3.7 in.
Front tire: 130/90×16
Rear tire: 170/70×16
Brakes, front: Dual 300mm hydraulic discs
Brakes, rear: 300mm disc
Overall length: 98.6 in.
Overall width: 40.9 in.
Overall height: 44.5 in.
Ground clearance: 5.1 in.
Seat height: 27.4 in.
Dry weight: 675 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase: 66.1 in.
Colors: Metallic Diablo Black
Two-Tone: Metallic Diablo Black / Luminous Polaris Blue
MSRP standard / two-tone: $10,699 / $10,899
Warranty: 12 Months


SPECIFICATIONS Canada – 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic:

Specifications and features are subject to change

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