2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

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2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

– 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom


The eye-catching jewel of the Vulcan 900 family

An authentic blend of cruising comfort and big bike feel, the Kawasaki Vulcan® 900 Custom is sure to turn heads with its stylish front end. This is a motorcycle that any rider would be proud to own, whether journeying through the backroads, cruising through town, or parked at the local biker hangout.

The crown jewel in Kawasaki’s mid-size cruiser family, this chromed-out machine is more than just good looking. Like its siblings, the Vulcan 900 Custom has a fuel-injected 903cc engine producing exceptional roll-on acceleration that rivals the get-up-and-go of much larger motorcycles giving it a big-bike feel– yet it’s wrapped in a nimble chassis not handicapped by the ponderous bulk of these titans.

The 900 Custom’s unique design gives it the edge to separate out from the flock. Kawasaki engineers and designers concentrated on delivering a motorcycle with a customized appearance typically found only on expensive two-wheel offerings. A massive rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and sculpted bodywork top the stand-out features of the Vulcan 900 Custom.
Perhaps one of the most striking examples of this Vulcan cruiser’s distinctive look is its large diameter 21-inch front cast wheel – itself somewhat rare in the custom-building world. The wheel features spokes arranged in pairs for a special visual appeal. Balancing the lightweight look of the front end is a low, wide rear wheel featuring a 180mm tire on a 15-inch cast wheel that gives the rider the feeling of sitting on a one of a kind, made-to-order motorcycle.

Bridging the visual contrast between the front and rear wheels is a sleek and subtle fuel tank. Its flowing lines easily lead the eye along the careful and delicate curves that blend together the highly customized form of this gem of mid-sized cruiser. A matte black frame provides an understated framework for the Kawasaki artistry that is the appealing and gutsy, fuel-injected V-Twin Vulcan 900 Custom. Its stylish aesthetics grace a platform that’s perfect for customization with Kawasaki accessories.

Ready for anything from local streets to highway speeds, the Vulcan 900 Custom’s good power, excellent stability, easy maneuverability, and startling good looks make this Kawasaki the one to own. The only hard part is deciding which of the color selections to choose; Metallic Midnight Sapphire Blue or Candy Burnt Orange.

Desire an even more exclusive ride? Then the “Special Edition” model may satisfy that craving. For a mere $400 more, owners get a customized motorcycle with all the trappings of an expensive handmade creation for a fraction of the cost and with the one-of-a-kind maintenance headaches. It features a special black-out treatment on the pipes, air cleaner and engine cases countered by aggressive orange valve covers. The Vulcan 900 Custom SE is finished off with the Special Edition Ebony color scheme of flat black paint with tribal orange and white pin stripping.

Authentic Kawasaki Accessories are available through Kawasaki dealers.


903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
– Smooth and reliable engine tuned to deliver healthy dose of torque at low rpm
– Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
– Rubber-mounted to reduce engine vibration at all speeds

Four-valve Cylinder Head
– Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow, creating more power and low-end torque
– Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
– Long intake tracts narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling, increased torque and better low-end response

Liquid and Air Cooling
– Finned cylinders and head and liquid cooling combination make for exceptional thermal control
– Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
– Automatic fan helps keep things cool
– Includes temperature warning light

Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner
– Maintains precise valve timing with maintenance
– Assures greater reliability
– Hidden from view to preserve the engine’s clean, basic look

Dual Slash-Cut Mufflers
– Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain emission reducing honeycomb catalyzers

Positive Neutral Finder
– Find neutral a shift pedal lift away from first gear, every time

Electronic Fuel Injection
– Superb performance and rideability thanks to dual throttle bodies with sub throttles
– The ECU controlled sub throttles are located behind the main throttle valve, allowing the DFI system to provide more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
– Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for optimal acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Belt Drive
– Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
– Efficiently transfers the power to the rear wheel
– Low maintenance and low noise

Double Cradle Frame
– Very rigid, large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds
– Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
– Long wheelbase contributes to highway stability
– Triangular swingarm has a hardtail appearance, but utilizes a single shock hidden beneath the seat
– Long and low chassis for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact

41mm Front Fork
– Offers excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel
– 33 degrees rake and 7.2 in. of trail for excellent straight line stability

Front and Rear Disc Brakes
– A 300mm front and 270mm rear disc have twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class

Custom Cast 21 in. Front Wheel
– The wheel’s 18 “spokes” are arranged in pairs
– Tapered and flanged in two directions, every line and surface of each 3-D spoke is exquisitely curved

Wide Rear Tire
– 180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image
– Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers
– Custom cast 15” rear wheel contrasts the “light,” tall front wheel

Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps
– Provides riders the crucial information at-a-glance
– Compact design matches the bike’s clean look

Sculpted Bodywork
– Fuel tank features a twin valley design, with a dynamic tension and presence all its own
– Designed to be pleasing to both the eye and to the touch, the tank is composed exclusively of curves with constantly varying radii, the twin valley design theme continues to the rear fender and its hand-sculpted contours
– Bottom of the rear fender features a relatively straight cut, to balance the lines of the motorcycle

Custom Features
– Chromed headlamp, headlamp mount, lower triple clamp and turn signals as well as footpegs, shift lever and rear brake lever
– Clean headlight design is small and isolated without a central fork cover or headlamp bar
– Small, minimalist fender and lack of front fork covers also contribute to the slender appearance of the front end
– Sporty, straight-style handlebar adds to the bike’s custom styling. Instead of handlebar clamps, twin tubes elegantly curve back from the upper triple clamp. Both the handlebar and twin tubes are completely chromed
– Forward-mounted footpegs instead of floorboards add to the custom image and improve rider control
– One-piece “gunfighter” style seat is designed for comfortable rider and passenger accommodation and a custom-style look
– Matte black frame emphasizes the chrome finishing
– Standard toe-operated shift lever instead of a heel-toe shifter

Special Edition
– Black-out treatment on pipes, air cleaner and engine cases
– Aggressive Orange Valve Covers
– Special Edition Ebony color of flat black paint with tribal orange and white pinstripes



2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom – USA Specifications
MSRP Standard/Special Edition: $7,699 / $8,099

Engine: 4-Stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve per cylinder, V-twin
Displacement: 903cc
Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 74.2mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Maximum Torque: 58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel Injection: EFI with 34mm Keihin throttle bodies (2)
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail: 33 degrees / 7.2 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® swingarm, seven-way adjustable spring preload / 4.1 in.
Front tire: 80/90×21
Rear tire: 180/70×15
Front brake / rear brake: 300mm hydraulic disc / 270mm hydraulic disc
Overall length: 94.7 in.
Overall width: 35.2 in.
Overall height: 44.1 in.
Seat height: 27.0 in.
Curb weight: 610.8 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase: 64.8 in.
Color choices: Metallic Midnight Sapphire Blue
Candy Burnt Orange
Special Edition Ebony
MSRP Standard/Special Edition: $7,699 / $8,099
Warranty: 12 months
Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 770-0400


2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom – Canada Specifications


2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom – UK Specifications

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement 903 cm³
Bore x stroke 88.0 x 74.2 mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve/Induction system SOHC, 8 valves
Maximum power 37 kW {50 PS} / 5,700 rpm
Maximum torque 78 N·m {8.0 kgf·m} / 3,700 rpm
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø34 mm x 2 with dual throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Transmission 5-speed, return
Frame type Double-cradle, steel
Rake/Trail 33º/182 mm
Suspension, front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Uni-Trak
Wheel travel, front 150 mm
Wheel travel, rear 103 mm
Tyre, front 80/90-21M/C 48H
Tyre, rear 180/70-15M/C 76H
Brakes, front Single 300 mm disc
Brakes, rear Single 270 mm disc
Steering angle, left / right 36º / 36º
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,405 x 895 x 1,120 mm
Wheelbase 1,645 mm
Seat height 685 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Curb Mass 278 kg
Automatic Headlights On (AHO) Yes
Complies to EU emission limit EURO 2

*Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

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