2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

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2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic


– 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

Discover the Beauty of Balanced Performance

Kawasaki builds larger and more expensive cruisers, but they don’t build them any better, more fun to ride, or with more character than the Vulcan 900 Classic: 903cc of fuel-injected V-twin Kawasaki know-how provides more than enough thrust in a bike that weighs just 620 pounds — accompanied by all the rumble the law allows. Classic looks enforce a long, low frame that carries the rider just 26.8 inches from the pavement. From there, Kawasaki adds plenty of expensive-looking chrome, quality paint and stylish spoked wheels, then sweetens the deal with an easy-to-swallow price tag.

This Vulcan’s winning combo will please entry-level riders and anyone seeking class leading power and torque, but wanting more agility than a large-displacement machine. Blessed with plenty of charisma and class-leading ergonomics, the Vulcan 900 matches its powerplant and chassis prowess with great looks too: Graceful fenders and fuel tank accentuated by a polished chrome-accented air cleaner and chrome headlight give it the classic cruiser curves. A subtle matte-black frame balances the stylish modern flair in its bodywork, low-slung seat, and stylish tail light.

The visual treats continue with curved cooling fins on the big, classic-looking V-twin, which fairly bristles with modern touches inside including four-valve-per-cylinder performance and liquid-cooled reliability. An engine counterbalancer works with the single-pin crankshaft to produce that distinctive guttural, classic V-twin sound and feel, but without the annoying V-twin vibration.

Rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 keeps the overall weight down, improves rear-end styling and provides the rider with additional customizing opportunities — and the largest rear tire in its class also contribute to the Vulcan 900’s big bike feel.

The Vulcan 900’s low seat height and tapered seat do not discriminate against shorter riders. Comfortable enough for any distance, the front bucket seat flows nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and the lower chassis rails provide a narrowed shape for a shorter reach to the pavement — ideal for shorter riders. The rear pillion pad makes it painless to share the two-wheeled experience. The wide handlebars, seat and floorboard layout offers an ideal ergonomic relationship, making for a relaxing mount.

Some of the other features that make the Vulcan 900 appealing to such a wide audience are a fork offset and rake designed for light, effortless maneuvering at low, in-town speeds. The 900 Classic is equipped with an auto-fast idle system that uses an rpm feedback relay to help ensure a fixed engine speed in all starting conditions. Its easy-to-control fuel-injection makes ultra-low speed riding surprisingly easy, and the abundant low-rpm torque provides thrilling roll-on acceleration. At home, around town or on the open road, this motorcycle is built for hour upon hour of riding pleasure





Features and Benefits:

903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
– Tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm
– Smooth and reliable
– Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration

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

Liquid and Air Cooling
– Exceptional thermal control with finned cylinders and head and liquid cooling combination
– Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
– Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
– Includes temperature warning light

Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner
– Maintains precise valve timing with no 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 honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions

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

Electronic Fuel Injection
– Dual throttle bodies with sub throttles provide optimum performance and rideability
– The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valve, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI® system retains more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
– Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Belt Drive
– Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
– More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel
– Low maintenance and low noise

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


Low Stepped Seat
– Ultra-low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops
– Laid-back riding comfort for two

Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps
– Gives you the information you need at-a-glance
– Compact design complements the bike’s clean look
– 5.3-gallon fuel tank is largest in its class

41mm Front Fork
– Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel – the most in its class
– 32 degrees rake angle for excellent straight line stability
– Wide fork pitch for classic look

Front and Rear Disc Brakes
– A 272mm front and 242mm rear disc have twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class

Custom Spoke Wheels
– Chromed steel rims and spokes
– “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub

Wide Rear Tire
– 180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image
– Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers
– Widest rear tire in its class



 

 

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Technology

Overview


Engine

Engine gets an 8 millimeter longer stroke, boosting displacement to 903cc compared to the VN800’s 805cc.

Designed to offer superior acceleration in the mid-speed range (where most riding is actually done), the powerful, liquid-cooled V-twin engine has the torque to out-accelerate smaller displacement bikes yet with a single downshift can keep up with bikes one displacement class larger.

Oversquare 88 x 74.2mm bore and stroke ensures punchy response and a broad spread of satisfying power. Free-breathing SOHC 4-valve heads deliver impressive performance throughout the rev range.

The cylinder head features the same combustion chamber and intake/exhaust porting design concept as that of the mighty VN2000.

Deep fins on the cylinder and cylinder head were designed to highlight the VN900’s larger engine. Fin spacing and size where chosen to make the engine look big.

Deep fins on the cylinder and cylinder head were designed to highlight the VN900’s larger engine. Fin spacing and size where chosen to make the engine look big.

The edges of the fins receive a special NC treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight.

All the non-chromed parts of the engine were finished in a black powder coat.

The electronic fuel injection system, controlled by dual throttle valves, ensures silky smooth response and easy-to-control torque characteristics.

Automotive-type fine-atomising injectors improve performance, fuel economy and emissions.

An auto-fast idle system is equipped with an rpm feedback relay ensuring a fixed (ideal) engine speed in all starting conditions. (The feedback is used to control the sub-throttles to obtain the desired rpm.)

Curved intake tracts provide an extremely efficient path for intake flow. Ports narrow as they reach the combustion chamber, increasing intake flow speed for more efficient filling. The result of the highly intake efficiency is improved torque.

Long intake tracts extend well into the air cleaner box. The longer path improves low-end response.

Returnless-type pump inside the fuel tank prevents fuel starvation during hard braking or acceleration. No return fuel line increases reliability.

Redesigned crankshaft and gear-driven balancer are matched to the new longer stroke for smooth performance.


Like all Kawasaki V-twins, the VN900 engine uses a single crankpin for best strength and strong power feeling.

Lightweight, nut-less connecting rods like those on the VN2000 contribute to low vibration levels.

Five-speed transmission with smooth shift action is geared for a comfortably low rpm at highway cruising speeds.

The transmission is equipped with Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder. Just lift the pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily , every time.

Like the VN2000, the 900 Classic has a quiet and efficient belt final drive.

Like the VN2000, the 900 Classic has a quiet and efficient belt final drive.

Dual slash-cut mufflers give the VN900 a wild air. The mufflers are angled so that they look good when the bike is on its side stand.

Catalysers built into each of the mufflers reduce exhaust emissions.


Frame

Overall the VN900 Classic is longer and lower than its predecessor, the VN800.

Seat height has been lowered, giving the new Classic more of a “low rider” bias than the VN800.

The longer wheelbase (lengthened by approximately 50mm) provides even more stability when cruising and contributes to the Classic image.

The fork offset and rake geometry were set such that the bike does not self-steer. The result is light, low-effort handling when manoeuvring at ultra-low speeds


Suspension

Triangular-shaped swingarm appears to be a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat.

Shock is preload-adjustable

 


Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Chrome rims are supported by 48 spokes and polished alloy hubs.

Single 300mm drilled front disc delivers impressive stopping power without hiding the front wheel’s good looks.

Rear 300mm disc ensures maximum braking control.

Second only to that of the VN2000, the massive 180 mm rear tire gives the rear of the bike a powerful image. (At 180 mm, this tire is wider than most large-displacement cruiser rear tires, including all of Kawasaki’s 1600cc models!)


Bodywork/Styling
The VN900 shares many of the long-and-low styling cues from the stunning VN2000. Easy to ride and very rider-friendly, the VN900 offers the look, feel and craftsmanship found in bigger cruisers. Whether rolling down the street or parked in front of a café, this is one sharp-looking machine.

The fuel tank and fenders follow the same design theme: twin valleys running the length of the bike.

The wide fuel tank tapers at the rear, contributing to the VN900’s curvaceous theme. The fuel tank’s curves have constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamism that is both powerful and smooth. Its hand-sculpted contours are pleasing to both the eye and to the touch.

At the seat, the fender is as wide as that of the VN2000, but it like the fuel tank it tapers elegantly at the rear.

 


Comfort and Convenience

Footboards add comfort and contribute to the big bike styling.

A heal-toe shifter adds to the Cruising experience.

Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder allows the rider to lift the pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily , every time.

Large-capacity 18 litre fuel tank ensures an ample cruising range.

The tank-mounted instrument console is slim and lightweight, contributing to the bike’s elegant lines.

Large-faced easy-to-read speedometer features a multi-function LCD display, warning lamps – and even a fuel gauge

Instrumentation includes LCD window displaying an odometer, tripmeter and clock. The meter also has warning lamps for fuel, oil pressure and water temperature.

Large round multi-reflector headlamp complements the new classic bodywork and throws a broad beam for confident nighttime cruising.

Front turn signals feature an integrated lamp/stay design for easy mounting.

Push-to-Cancel Turn Signals: No fumbling, just a simple push on the switch cancels the turn signals

The combination of wide handlebars and an ideal relationship between seat, bars and footboards results in wonderfully comfortable riding position.

Ergonomically designed front bucket seat is very comfortable.

Cushy pillion pad makes it easy to share the Cruising experience with a friend.

The seat is easily removed by key, giving access to the helmet lock and tool kit.

 


Colours
Candy Fire Red

Metallic Spark Black


 

 

 


2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – USA Specifications
MSRP $8,149 USD


Engine: 4-Stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve per cylinder, V-twin
Displacement: 903cc / 55.1 cu. in.
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 dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail: 32 degrees / 6.3 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® swingarm / 4.1 in.
Front tire: 130/90×16
Rear tire: 180/70×15
Front brake / rear brake: 272mm hydraulic disc / 242mm hydraulic disc
Overall length: 97.0 in.
Overall width: 39.6 in.
Overall height: 41.9 in.
Seat height: 26.8 in.
Curb weight: 619.6 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase: 64.8 in.
Color choices: Candy Imperial Blue, Candy Fire Red

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

Warranty 12 Months


*Note: Specifications and pricing are subject to change.






 

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – Canada Specifications
MSRP: $9,599 CDN

ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement 903 cc
Bore and Stroke 88 x 74.2 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Valve System SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Fuel Injection Ø 34 mm x 2
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 5-speed, return
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-disc

FRAME
Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Suspension, Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, Fear Triangle swingarm with Uni-Trac single shock (7-position spring preload adjustment
Wheel travel: Front 150 mm
Wheel travel: Rear 100 mm
Tires: Front 130/90-16M/C (67H)
Tires: Rear 180/70B15M/C (76H)
Caster (Rake) 32°
Trail 164 mm
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 38° / 38°

BRAKES
Front Single 300 mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Single 270 mm disc with twin-piston caliper

DIMENSIONS
Overall Length 2,465 mm
Overall Width 1,005 mm
Overall Height 1,065 mm
Wheelbase 1,645 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Seat Height 680 mm
Curb Mass 281 kg
Fuel Capacity 20 liters

DETAILS
MSRP $9,599
Colours Candy Fire Red, Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 12 months
Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after standard limited warranty expires)

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.


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