2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900

In the hotly contested entry-level market, the trick for manufacturers is to up with a bike that is aesthetically pleasing, inexpensive and to ride. This means compromises must be made so the company which cuts the amount of corners is going to an advantage on the sales floor. the new from-the-ground-up 2006 Kawasaki 900 Classic.

Kawasaki chose to its new bike at the Mecca of cruisers: Bike Week. We were to put the bike through its paces the crowded but scenic coastal A1A, during a serendipitous day to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum on the day, followed by a free-for-all at the grounds of all things leather and

Once we were unleashed on the to do as we pleased, which included than a few trips up and down Street and a couple beach it was soon revealed that more to this little than meets the eye.

style is critical to success in arena, a few key elements were in that really help the 900 Classic stand out in a sea of competition, too often features old-school and dated designs reminiscent of the banana-seat bicycle with the ape-hangers and the square-edged back that the cool (at the time) kid with the big-hair used to At least the wide tire was cool back then is today.

Starting with where the meets the road, the new Vulcan has a fat rear tire paired a cruiser-friendly 130/90-16 front both of which are wrapped shiny chrome wire-spoke A single-disc brake on each, up front and 242mm in the back, decent stopping power, the feel at the lever is a bit wooden or if you will.

The bulbous buns fit beneath a pair of contoured while a pair of stacked exhaust pipes are nestled the right side of the bike. those chrome tubes to the and you’ll find a rubber-mounted, 4-valve per cylinder, 55-degree, motor that looks than it really is. Based on the motor in the old Vulcan 800, the received an 8mm … job to net 903cc.

stylized ‘Power Alleys’ likes to call them) are into the exposed surface of the fins which simultaneously the cylinders a unique, customized and complete the air-cooled-only facade. In the motor is both liquid- and A thin radiator is tucked between the front down of the frame, which pushes liquid through the motor the fins help cool the jugs. This combination for the best of both worlds.

The bike looks like an Twin but has the added benefit of for riding under extreme — like cruising Street at Daytona Beach.

If you know better the 903cc could be mistaken for a big Twin and was all part of the master plan. Too bad it 900 right on the air-cleaner cover

Inside the motor a 68mm and 74.2mm … work in with a 9.5:1 compression and single pin crankshaft to develop a little V-Twin lope. It all together because a gear-driven keeps the major vibrations in while allowing it to produce a feeling and sound in this of excessively-smooth, overly-balanced clones. the moment you fire up the 900 Classic, the produces a sweet vibe is somewhere between a big-Twin and the sewing-machine smoothness we’ve to expect from a metric

An efficient EFI system utilizes a of 34mm throttle bodies along with the exhaust catalyzers, ensures the bike only earth-friendly emissions pumping out a claimed 61 lb-ft of On the open road, the Classic has of roll-on power, but you should this is an entry-level bike. If looking for arm-stretching acceleration, want to check out the bigger and Vulcan 2000.

Still, the is capable riding at a spirited and should be more than to keep a new rider smiling for a while. Row through the 5-speed under full throttle and you easily find yourself at 100 mph, so the thing can get up and move just don’t put your on the line .

Sure, the motor and styling are key of the Vulcan 900 Classic, but none of matters if it isn’t comfortable. it is. A comfy ride comes of a 41mm front fork and a rear shock that’s for both spring preload and

The hidden shock is mated to a Uni-Track swingarm, which it the appearance of a rigid frame offering up kidney-friendly manners on the road.

All the ingredients are in place for bike to be a success. Anyone be able to hop on this bike and right at home. Plus, it has everything you could ask for from a The proof is in the pudding. Market revealed that consumers like the look of a shaft or the messy nature of a chain, so a drive ensures a clean, and stylish final drive caps off look of the chassis.

Ask and you receive.

This bike was to be a good all-around ride, not a commuter doomed to mile-long to the coffee shop (although it do that just fine), but a that can be ridden from if that is what you want to do. We over 250 miles on the first day of and the plush seat deserves The bar position is very neutral and did not my arms while hanging on the onslaught of wind blasting me in the that is inherent to riding any

If that is a concern, we also the faired LT version, but I felt the protection took away the cruiser feel I found about the un-faired version. really starting to enjoy cruisers these days and because of bikes like the 900 Classic.

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

Look close and you can see the cooling fins a.k.a. Alleys’ along the left of the jugs. It’s the little that give the Classic a score in the details department.

In the few we did come across during our to St. Augustine, the bike didn’t a large amount of ground If you are going to ride fast in the stuff, be ready to grind floorboards a bit. But if you do, there are sliders, so go ahead and do it.

Despite the the bike is pretty stable in the — as long as you’re not to chase down your on a ZX. Its long 64.8-inch wheelbase and tire requires a bit of effort to but that’s part of the sacrifice for a and stable highway ride. the bike feels very to me, whether you’re maneuvering a parking lot, lines of or the most remote section of a road.

There are creature comforts and parts that put the Classic the top for a bike in this price A big 5.3-gallon fuel tank integrated bare-bones instrument which includes a speedo, gauge, trip meter and an of … lights, looks bit the part of a more expensive from the saddle or when just looking at the bike on its sidestand. That quantity of is easily enough to get the bike 200 miles of riding without

The mirrors provide a decent of what is happening behind, and the turn signals won’t your life. A low 26.8-inch height is going to be very to a wide range of riders. wide floorboards, rather footpegs, are standard.

A chrome air LED taillight, chrome headlight and high-output electrical system, allows the use of power accessories, what I feel is an overall fit-and-finish rating for this

A lot of effort was spent on making the 900 Classic look the part of a big but it does so while coming in at half the price, at $7299 for the version. The Classic is available in color combinations: Candy Red, Ebony, Galaxy and Metallic Ocean Blue. The LT is offered in only two color Metallic Ocean Blue/Phantom Ebony/Candy Fire Red.

The Vulcan 900 Classic LT comes with saddle bags, bar and a windscreen for $8,499.

This is fun and easy to ride. They’re not too but not too slow either. The V-Twin churns out enough power to riding fun for experienced riders and alike.

They look and can easily pass for a much bike if you don’t tell otherwise. At these prices, definitely worth taking a at.

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