2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak: MD Ride Review …

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Kawasaki VN 1500 Mean Streak

2002 Kawasaki Vulcan Mean Streak: MD Ride

The human mind has been to categorize everything. This is thinking — something that in Zen, for instance, tries to human beings away Reality is not a series of well-defined but, rather, a continuum of differences.

Kawasaki’s 2002 1500 Mean Streak is an motorcycle, both objectively and Objectively, it makes more handles and stops better any other big-bore, V-twin available at a comparable price MSRP is $10,999.00).

The competitor by Kawasaki with the Mean the Harley-Davidson Softtail Deuce, is $5,556.00 more expensive will not accept the latest-and-greatest due to odd tire sizes (including a 21 laced wheel — while the Streak has 17 inchers front and and couldn’t possibly handle or any better than the Mean (sorry, Harley, but the Mean sets new standards for handling and power in the heavyweight cruiser at least for now). Besides all the dyno charts I have show the Mean Streak more horsepower and torque a Deuce.

The fly in the ointment for Kawasaki, if is one, is the problem with the mind mentioned earlier. does the Mean Streak category-wise? Which bikes are its competitors?

Before we get to all that nonsense, let’s talk about subjective evaluation of the Mean

With roughly 66 horsepower at the wheel (nearly 12 more a stock, fuel-injected Vulcan the Mean Streak comfortably the 10 percent increase in performance by Kawasaki. Indeed, the Mean makes roughly 20 percent horsepower at the rear wheel regular fuel-injected Vulcan This results from the improvements described in our first Streak article.

Basically, the Streak motor has had several for increased performance, including new larger valves, larger injection throttle bodies, high compression pistons, and combustion chamber.

These changes, coupled with a close-ratio transmission, result in a that accelerates briskly and with no apparent dips or in the power delivery. The Mean clearly provides the strongest, v-twin cruiser engine from a stock motorcycle MD has tested, with the lone of Honda’s new VTX1800.

It is in the handling and departments, however, that the Streak really opens eyes. The Mean Streak substantially lighter than VTX1800, for instance (it is a claimed 68 lighter), and has a fluid handling unlike other large we have ridden. Indeed, the Streak almost feels (certainly, compared to other cruisers, it is nimble) and never cumbersome once above lot speeds.

Nevertheless, the Mean Streak is steady at high speeds bike is capable of exceeding an 110 miles per hour), and the chassis has stiffness to provide confidence quick cornering, as well.

The Streak’s suspension felt a bit stiff, at first, until damping was slowed in the shocks. the shock absorbers feature rebound. They were on position one, and ultimately, I the bike with the shocks’ on position three.

After adjustment, the suspension was reasonably yet stiffer than most — befitting the performance and handling of the bike.

The rear shock features air adjustability — effectively, compression damping (or decreasing damping) by adjusting air volume in the This suspension adjustability is a change from most You can effectively raise the rear height with more air in the shock, and thereby increase quickness and ground clearance.

The are the single most impressive aspect of the machine. Pulled Kawasaki’s ZX-9R superbike, the brakes are simply phenomenal in performance and feel. The rear seems to provide a perfect as well.

Together, the brakes could the Mean Streak down high speeds without and with superior control. I felt I could lock brakes coming to a stop, and the would remain under This is something I have experienced on a cruiser before.

I rate the Mean Streak’s even higher than the brakes found on Honda’s

The styling of the Mean Streak is we like, as well. The evaluation of is always subjective, to some but the Mean Streak received unanimous praise from Kawasaki has tastefully pushed styling towards a drag-bike without going too far.

The end of the motorcycle has a particularly clean that is unlike any other cruiser we know of, and as we mentioned the tank lacks the ugly found on many other

The seat and seating position are comfortable for the rider. The drag (another excellent styling place your hands in the right position, and the clutch and lever have a comfortable

Kawasaki VN 1500 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1500 Mean Streak

The transmission shifts smoothly requires a fairly firm from your left We did miss a few upshifts when lazy with the left

The Mean Streak leaves a light with considerable but you are not going to hang with a VTX in the department.

From the styling to the power delivery and braking the Mean Streak is about Kawasaki has substantially raised the level of the typical big-bore, cruiser, and has come up with a that not only performs objectively, but is subjectively pleasing to the The bike is just plain fun to (with a pleasing exhaust and confidence inspiring in a way that cruisers have not been in the

The Mean Streak is also a at an MSRP of $10,999. It is not only and $1,000 cheaper than the and the soon-to-be-released Yamaha Road Warrior, respectively, it is priced at or the MSRP of some normal such as Yamaha’s standard Star.

Although the Mean will likely lose of the dyno and drag-strip shoot-outs to be published concerning the new power it is hard to imagine a cruiser much better as a package, and the Streak has significant hop-up to bring the motor to the same as many of the new power cruiser

When I first looked at the Kawasaki had done to its relatively liquid-cooled motor, I remember that a lack of air-box might be holding down horsepower significantly. Feeding huge cylinders with the Streak’s large valves, aggressive cam timing, higher and higher rev ceiling was the same old air box. By contrast, Yamaha re-designed the Road Star air box for a substantial volume increase the standard Road Star.

I around to see which after-market had already developed Mean modifications when I came Thunder Manufacturing of Arizona. Manufacturing had developed an Air Kit for the Mean consisting of an air box modification device bypassed some restrictive in the Mean Streak’s stock air box and a KN air filter.

This $550.00 kit with an after-market exhaust tested with a Vance netted roughly 80 horsepower and 90 pounds of torque at the rear This horsepower level is 21 percent higher than the 66 put out by the stock Mean Streak and 48 higher than the 54 horsepower put out by a Vulcan 1500 FI!

The bottom line is this. If you the styling of the Mean Streak, you be very pleased with machine. It does everything and has that intangible element is hard to engineer — character. Kawasaki’s head of product in the United States, John created his own custom power-cruiser the Vulcan platform approximately a ago (the bike appeared in World Magazine), I knew was hard at work on a production like the Mean Streak.

clearly sweat the details on bike.

Visit Kawasaki’s web for further details on the Mean

Kawasaki VN 1500 Mean Streak

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