2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

2004 Kawasaki Vulcan

Technical jargon aside, the is nothing if not a blast to ride.

‘Cause it Kicks Ass!

didn’t start the big-bore cruiser wars, but they may just ended it. After Santa Barbara County for two during the Vulcan 2000 introduction, one thing is clear: Green has thrown down the and any manufacturer looking to top Kawasaki’s effort with a bigger, cruiser will have to put a monumental effort.

Don’t be by the moniker, the Vulcan 2000 just about size, an amalgamation of torque, power, and refinement all packaged into one machine. The incredible displacement stands out, and there’s question that its power and will bring a smile to face. But there’s more to package than motor more.

The folks at Kawasaki simply set out to build the biggest cruiser. They wanted to an incredibly powerful and well-handling that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the loins. The put in ample time to ensure bike was ridable in every

The Vulcan was designed to do things than go from point A to B in a straight line like of its powerful brethren. Yes, considered that some enjoy touring curvaceous and canyon carving as well as their local boulevard.

But let’s be honest, they name the bike after its by accident. Nestled in the double-cradle frame is the 2053cc (125.3 liquid-cooled V-Twin, and it’s you’d expect and more a bike that is the largest twin cylinder on the market. a twist of the throttle elicits an response from the rear pumping out torque that can be by only a handful of stock on the market, sportbikes included.

The power is evident throughout the and peaks with a claimed 141 of torque at 5000 rpm. that number is measured at the taking into account a 15% once it hits the rear reveals it may churn out as much as 120 on a rear-wheel dyno. Even if numbers are just semantics, I the sore biceps and triceps to it. A claim of 116 horsepower at 5000 rpm is impressive as the torque.

All those fudged or not, equal one big fun.

Standing next to the without having ridden it, energy pulsed through my at the thought of maneuvering the big cruiser dense urban traffic and parking lots. Much to my Kawasaki went to great to ensure this behemoth as much like a blade as the of physics would allow.

A low center of gravity is one major why the Vulcan is so easy to ride. opted to forgo overhead and instead used pushrods and hydraulically actuated valves per to reduce engine height, keep mass low to the ground. not insinuating the Vulcan feels but for a bike this heavy it like a 105-pound ballerina.

on the 2000 is an incredible experience, fistfulls of torque and horsepower in the right hand in any gear at any Passing lumbering trucks and cagers on the 101 and backroads was cause for because it was an opportunity to wrench the open. The five-speed transmission is smooth for such a big bike and admirably throughout the two-day

However, first and second are short, with first revving out extremely early. cruising through town I often found myself in and third. Freeway riding is more relaxing by having and fifth gears overdriven to revs at speed.

The massive are fed by electronic fuel injection and throttle bodies, which for buttery smooth acceleration in any – well, as smooth as 141 of torque can be. At the heart of the successful EFI is a set of atomizing injectors which the air/fuel mixture into an mist, making the engine cleaner and more efficiently.

As the bike exhales it emits a exhaust note for a stock The aural pleasantries of the Vulcan is due in large part to a single-pin which provides V-Twins that classic loping sound. Creating a good note while simultaneously vibrations is usually an engineering but Kawasaki did an excellent job of quelling the of shake with dual and a rubber-mounted engine.

Keeping the smooth on a bike that nearly 800 pounds isn’t an task, but the suspension of the 2000 is good, soaking up bumps and with ease. The traditional fork offers 5.9 inches of up front while a direct-action shock smoothes out the load in the with its 3.9 inches of ….

At 790 the Vulcan is no light-weight, but a low center of combines with excellent to make this a nimble

The suspension doesn’t seem remarkable until the Vulcan is hard through the twisties. nearly 800 pounds to track high speed corners, the and rigid frame does a job of eliminating chassis flex. most cruisers which a swaying mass of iron and in tight corners, the Vulcan well through the twisties and it decent feedback.

A sportbike the 2000 is not, but it feels as quick through as most any big-bore cruiser ever ridden. Ground is about typical for a sporty and the Vulcan remains stable when the floorboards erupt in a of sparks.

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Ensuring the power of the is translated to the tarmac is a set of fat tires on 16-inch cast aluminum Up front, a hefty 150/80 keeps the 2000 in the right while the belt drive an ultra fat 200/60, the widest available on a large-production cruiser.

the Vulcan is a pair of 300mm with 4-piston calipers up while a single, 320mm with a dual-piston caliper extra stopping power the rear. The brakes were during my two-day experience and did I find myself looking for support from the rear When I did want to scrub off the trio brought the hulk to an halt.

Technical jargon the Vulcan is nothing if not a blast to The 66.6 inch wheelbase is for taller riders who want to out on the road. Relaxed, raked-back leave the arms and hands at a riding position, and it works in union with the bucket-style The low-slung seat rests inches above the ground and enough comfort to keep backside happy on long

Feet rest comfortably on the floor boards, and the oversized controls ensure solid and braking.

The levers and controls are from quality components and function beautifully. Aiding in the appearance is the low-profile speedo, sits atop the gas tank a gas gauge and a series of indicator nestled below on the same The stretched 5.5 gallon gas tank the 2000 a clean, classic and also provides ample capacity for riders who plan to up and leave for the day without making stops at a filling station.

opted to forgo overhead and instead used pushrods and hydraulically actuated valves per to reduce engine height, keep mass low to the ground.

Kawasaki made great for the metric cruiser market. The thing that stands out the 2000 is the smooth integration of the into the chrome shroud the fork. The four-bulb headlamp is a functional and design feat, but it may those with more tastes.

Inside the shroud an unusual lamp configuration, a light (normal mode) three horizontal projector-beam which activate when to high-beam mode.

Kawasaki the mega Vulcan is not an attempt to any customers away from The Company. Instead the Vulcan is an opportunity for people to experience a of power and grace in a package lists for $14,499, a whole bike per dollar.

For those who ride for brotherhood and the Vulcan 2000 isn’t a choice it’s much too and fun to involve other riders regularity. Triumph’s massive new Rocket lll can compete in terms of but its base price is $1500

The power cruiser market, non-existent, has quickly become with offerings from of the world’s most recognizable However, when the trends and … down, there likely be only a few bikes true staying power. tells me that Kawasaki’s 2000 is a machine that wil people talking for years to

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