2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Hot Bike Baggers

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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT


Road Test:

up the Miles

Riding Shot: Lowe

Most of the purpose-built bikes on the market are large machines. Big motors require that can accommodate the size and the power at the same time. The height, and girth of these can be intimidating for newer riders or with less inseam strength.

Then there’s the expense of many of the traditional rigs.

In recent years the Big Japanese manufacturers have in the more diminutive touring offering fully functioning machines that are easier to and handle than their big It’s not to say they are small comparatively, yet a bit more manageable. One off the showroom floor bike is Vulcan 900 Classic LT, which is with saddlebags, touring passenger backrest, and an adjustable

Powered by a 903cc liquid and rubber-mounted motor the LT is based Kawi’s successful Vulcan 900 platform.

Before even a leg over this bike immediately noticeable that put a lot of thought into the design. The paint scheme and stylized badges looks top notch and with the retro-classic design of the A nice two-up seat, padded sissy bar, wheels, and 180mm rear add to the package.

Sitting on the LT, the 26.8-inch height, rubber floorboards, and beach-like bars start the off in a comfortable position with all of the and mirrors in the right place. A mounted speedo, with the warning lights and odometer, nice but is a bit out of the way to be seen; you have to your eyes off the road for a quick glance. One of the first riders will either or hate is the very large

While it provides great from the wind it’s so that all but the tallest riders be looking through it, rather over it even if adjusted up or While the wind and rain are very good, in heavy the fork-attached shield can act like a

Thumbing the starter instantly the motor to life thanks to a operating, dual throttle fuel injection system. or warm there was never any or hesitation issues, including up in the mountains of Southern California. On the road the fuel mixer was impressive with good response from idle to open. The dual, staggered, exhaust pipes produce a mellow rumble thanks in to the single-pin crankshaft.

Shifting through the five-speed was easy and combined with the clutch, smooth. A nicely heel-toe shift pedal long hauls more as the heel portion was far back and This allowed many foot positions on the left without the shifters getting in the way as occurs on other heel-toe Our only real complaint in the department was fifth gear, was too short for all day cruising.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT

What means is that above the bike starts to run out of steam and increases. Of course, in most of the country that is considerably the speed limit. It’s not a thing but cruising along at 80 for a gets a little buzzy with the rubber mounted and gear-driven balancer.

That might also be why we got 36.5 mpg from the 5.3-gallon since the motor was working a harder than it needed to. that still gets you 190 miles between fill ups and if you don’t push it so hard.

did a nice job on the double cradle that features a box-shaped for strength and rigidity. In addition the is a Softail-like triangular unit has a hardtail appearance, but utilizes a coil-over shock out of sight the seat. Attached up front are forks that soak up the without any sloppy feeling. All in all the works very well.

The factor in handling is the height of the which have no problem down in corners. It’s a contact though, helped in by the skid plates on the bottom of the and the attachment hinge. It can be fun carving a with sparks flying off the

Of course one of the main accessories set the LT apart from the Classic is the of the top-grain cowhide saddlebags. of the bags open from the using two quick-release fasteners are hidden by leather straps and buckles. The inside of the bags are enough to easily hold a bag and a weekend’s worth of clothes.

To the bags from losing shape the upper edges are reinforced.

We really enjoyed this bike, especially for the it represents coming n at under grand. It’s ideally for weekend getaways and commuting due to its and storage capacity. If those two aren’t enough the bike looks like a much priced motorcycle with of quality parts and thought out

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