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Kawasaki Vulcan


When the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 hit dealers’ showrooms in 1984, it ushered in a new era for the venerable motorcycle marque. The Vulcan 750 was Kawasaki’s first V-Twin-powered, American-style cruiser motorcycle. Since then, the Kawasaki Vulcan cruisers have become a staple seller for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer.

Kawasaki Vulcan
The 2009 Vulcan 1700 Classic has the big-boned styling chops of a classic cruiser and a healthy V-Twin engine doling out the power.
The Kawasaki Vulcan line covers a broad range of cruiser motorcycles, ranging in displacement from 125cc to 2000cc, with model names like the Classic, Eliminator, Mean Streak, Nomad, and Voyager. The Eliminator 125 is at the bottom of the scale with its air-cooled, 124cc single-cylinder engine and straight flow exhaust while the Vulcan 2000 stands at the top of the heap with its four-stroke 52-degree V-Twin pumping out an impressive 2053cc of power. The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 had the largest V-Twin engine in a production motorcycle when it was introduced in 2004. The massive liquid-cooled V-Twin had a bore/stroke of 103 X 123.2mm, forged pistons, alloy-steel connecting rods, dual cams and right-side pushrods all nestled within a double-cradle steel frame.

For 2009, the Kawasaki Vulcan line includes 14 cruiser motorcycles, including the introduction of a bona fide long-distance touring motorcycle in the Vulcan 1700 Voyager. The first fully dressed Kawi tourer includes hard saddlebags and a top case, a high-rising front windscreen, a large frame-mounted front fairing and a plush setup so passengers ride in style and comfort.
Kawasaki Vulcan Motorcycle Reviews
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Comparison
Monday, March 01, 2010
The 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom lines up against its mid-displacement rivals in our Middleweight Cruiser Shootout.
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager Comparison
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The new kid on the V-Twin-powered touring motorcycle block, the 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager, takes on the king-of-the-hill, Harley-Davidson's 2009 Ultra Classic Electra Glide, in a head-to-head comparison.
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager First Ride
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Two days touring the hills of California's Marin County gave us plenty of opportunities to test ride the 2009 Vulcan Voyager and the three other 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Cruisers.
2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
Monday, January 01, 2007
The venerable Korf makes a welcome return to these pages with his riding impression of a surprisingly potent machine for bargain price.
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Kawasaki's latest offering for the entry-level cruiser class just may be the best version of the pint-sized Vulcan 900 to date.
2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Comparo
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
What do you get when you combine 6179cc and 2400 pounds? Some skinned knuckles and severe hematoma in this most massive of cruiser showdowns.
2004 Kawasaki VN1600
Thursday, January 15, 2004
It's time to ride cruisers, more powerful bike is offered at a lower price tag than the bike it replaces, as a ride on the new Vulcan proves.
2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Friday, December 05, 2003
Kawasaki has thrown down the gauntlet and any manufacturer looking to top the big Vulcan will have to put forth a monumental effort.
2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Comparison
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Not every motorcycle requires you take out a second mortage as this capable quartet of cruisers proves.
Kawasaki Vulcan First Looks
2011 Vulcan 1700 Vaquero First Look
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Kawasaki aims to increase its presence in the bagger realm with its 2011 Vulcan 1700 Vaquero featuring a frame-mounted fairing, hard saddlebags and long-stroke 1700cc V-Twin engine.
2009 Kawasaki 1700 Voyager 1st Look
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager returns to the lineup for 2009. The Voyager gives Kawasaki fans a full-dress touring option that is destined to be a hit.