2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Road Test Rider Magazine

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Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Road Test

Photo Rich Cox/Slide Action


January 29, 2004

you ever ridden a built You know, one with a stroker and 100 cubic inches or more? If you you’ve likely been with how the power hits now, and how its torque just to hammer on forever. Well, if you get the chance to ride Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000 . the kick in the this bike delivers likely remind you of “Built I Have Known.”

Kawasaki’s design objectives with the 2000 were to creat the V-twin cruiser in the world, the highest horsepower and torque, as as “pulse feel.” So long as you the small, independent companies utilize the SS,TP, Merch and speicialized motors of up to 145 cubic all hail the new king of mainstream cruiser performance!

As we’ve heard, there ain’t no for cubic inches. This new actually displaces 2,053cc cubic inches). Each displaces more than the engine in a four-cylinder Kawasaki ZX-10!

At 96 rear-wheel horsepower the 2000 is also the most standard mainstream V-twin on the market, and it cranks out a monstrous lb-ft of torque at 3,350 For comparison, the 2003 Honda (the bike formerly as the most powerful cruiser) we tested in our September issue 87.2 horsepower, and 97 lb-ft of The Vulcan 2000 will you like you’d been to a solid rocket booster.

All this despite the bike’s 814 pounds of wet avoirdupois.

The dark conceals a grimace brought by a too-firm seat and firmer

To build this friendly Kawasaki started with a 52-degree undersquare motor a 103mm bore and 123mm The long … guarantees a lot of pushing power, or torque. Vulcan 1600 has a bore and of 102 x 95mm, for example, which it by comparison more of a revver a torque monster.

The problem long-… motors is that can be quite tall, which havoc with the cruiser’s low seat height and basement-level of gravity. To minimize engine Kawasaki utilized twin in the crankcase, and sent the motion via pushrods that actuate dual rocker arms no-maintenance valve lash four valves per cylinder, intakes and 36mm exhausts. The 35-degree valve angle helps keep cylinder low.

The result is an engine is only 2mm taller than in the Vulcan 1500, despite the it has a 33mm longer ….

The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

your helmet out to the Vulcan for the first time and you’ll that it is huge, and has a real The wide tank has that stretched look, with no seam along the bottom; the Pearl Glacial Blue of our bike offers an attractive look that changes in the It’s also available in Sorcerer Purple Prism and Majestic Red.

There’s a steel fender at end, and though liquid the engine has a very classic, air-cooled look, blacked-out polished fin edges and chrome tubes.

Kawasaki states only the top quarter of the engine is the rest is cooled by air. The has been partially concealed the frame tubes rather stuck on front. Despite appears to be a separate gearbox, a large, one-piece engine with an attractive black-matte

The engine hangs as a stressed in a box-section and tubular-steel backbone with cast pieces at the stem and swingarm. It has a steel swingarm with 3.9 inches of suspension travel.

Chromed tubes and polished fin edges the engine a classic look.

the bike level and you realize the is way too short, which accentuates the already serious weight. in, and you notice how firm the broad, seat is, and how little the suspension under your weight. height is a knuckle-dragging 26.8

Because of its fuel-injection system no need for a choke or even control. The key sits in the middle of huge chromed headlight Hit the starter and an electronic control compression release raises the valves slightly for easier that ECU also controls the injection, timing, radiator fan and pump.

Upon starting, the immediately launches into a rumble.

This beast inhales dual 46mm throttle-body Forged slipper pistons are down those huge cylinders by the 9.5:1 compression as lightweight steel connecting spin the huge single-pin Paired 220mm flywheels the inertia.

Three oil pumps, two of scavenge the crankcase and transmission, and one provides the pressure feed, inside.

Three projector effectively spread the low beam to the

Power is fed through a chain drive with damper to a wet clutch with five-speed which also serves as an oil for the semi-dry sump engine. action through the heel-and-toe is precise and businesslike, with the gravity due a bike of this Kawasaki says that fifth and fourth gears are It all ends in a belt final which Kawasaki last on its 1980 440 LTD twin.

All that interfaces with the ground via a rear tire, the largest carried by a mainstream machine, the Triumph Rocket III-due a 240, and 300s are used by of the specialty builders.

Kawi’s 2000 offers big, levers and requires a man-sized on the clutch. An hour’s worth of in heavy traffic, or backroads frequent shifting is required, and left hand will tire-unless you have a grip California’s new Governator.

The engine is a house of torque. So long as carrying a certain minimum of revs, the rider can whack the and get launched right here, now! Let out the clutch in first and the 2000 whisks you away very little slippage Roll it on in overdrive fourth at 60 mph-wham-it feels like it to come out from under

Fifth gear at 80-Holy of Pearl, you’ll be at triple in moments! To prevent unwise whacking, sub-throttle valves controlled by the ECU) moderate how force is actually transmitted to the shafts.

The Vulcan 2000 is the belt-drive Kawasaki in more 20 years.

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Performance is of little if a bike isn’t civil, but is the 2000′s middle name. having two coffee can-sized slogging around inside, counterbalancers and front rubber mounts assure that no vibration reaches the rider. As wished, it does retain desirable “pulse feel,” but well short of annoying

The bike also releases a bark from its dual with honeycomb catalyzers.

The sits slightly bent the wind astride a firm, seat, grasping wide bars, feet on floorboards, a huge chromed speedometer but no The huge 49mm fork is a blend, acceptably compliant offering good resistance to under braking. Unbolting the seat reveals the single shock with its stepless damping and spring preload

While it offers plenty of rebound damping range, the shock really needs is compression damping so that its 3.9 of travel can be utilized more and smooth the ride.

On a day-long trip the shock the aforementioned seat eventually painful, a combination of excess damping passing too many of the shocks through a too-firm especially in the rear portion its cupped shape limits the ability to stretch out. a hundred miles I was sliding up to the seat to ease the pressure.

its slow, deliberate steering, the Vulcan can be entertaining in the curves.

a 68.3-inch wheelbase and lazy figures of 32 degrees/7.2 inches, the is as agile in the twisties as a Kawasaki oil negotiating the Straits of Hormuz. It sweepers and pre-planning, but abhors roads. When treated the respect due its size and weight, the will bring a grin to face in the sweepers, right the predictable point when its begin to drag the pavement.

has fitted this new performance with brakes that are of its size, weight and prodigious Dual 300mm front with four-piston Tokico team with a single rear disc and two-piston to provide good power decent sensitivity. With huge 150/80-16 front and rear Bridgestone Battlax radials there’s plenty of on the road to ward off locking the

The tank holds 5.5 gallons of octane fuel, which our Vulcan ripped through at the of 35.9 miles per gallon. It have been more had we not so enjoyed twisting the throttle, yet it provides a range of close to 200

Gauges are simple, if not particularly

If the tendon-stretching torque of this ace isn’t enough for you, there’s also that styling, excellent brakes…and did I that massive torque? it could use a better seat, a sidestand and a more compliant absorber, but those are all bolt-on And as long as we’re bolting, plans a range of accessories a backrest, passenger seat, engine guards, saddlebags and sizes of windshields.

Built-bike who don’t want to go to the trouble of it themselves now have a new choice. In the of big-inch performance cruisers, the 2000 is clearly the new champion.

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Specifications Chart:

Base $14,499

Type: Liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-twin

Bore x 103.0 x 123.2mm

Compression 9.5:1

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

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