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Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic Fi

First Ride: Year Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Fi

Daytona Beach, Florida, 16, 2000 — Kawasaki It’s a plain and simple really; you can’t invite the to Daytona Beach, Florida to new motorcycles in the fun and sun of Bike Week and expect folks to say much of negative, except, perhaps, Florida is pretty darn

That said, we can’t about the motorcycles we rode. first we saw Kawasaki’s new Vulcan Classic Fi, it was hard not to smile we’d spend the better of the day traversing roughly 160 miles of the roads in Florida, the vast of which would be considered anywhere north of the Panhandle or of Denver.

Although the main point of the new Fi Vulcan is its fuel-injection that is supposed to improve and throttle response (that’s why called the Classic Fi ), Kawasaki has a few other changes. The end result is a that Kawasaki hopes travel longer, stronger and better than its carbureted

The new Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi. cruiser riders appreciate as much as the next guy, installed new pistons that compression from 8.6:1 to for a reported 2hp increase along one additional foot-pound of torque. changes necessitate the use of at least fuel.

The cam timing has also been to improve power and keep smooth and quiet while the pin offset was reduced from to 1.0mm to minimize top-end

Controlling internal movements of the Fi is a new ECU that uses a 16-bit and has fuel mapping specifically for it. When compared to the carbureted and combined with the new injectors and changes, the new ECU is supposed to improve range and gas mileage as well as

The ECU measures water temperature, pressure and temperature, atmospheric and throttle-opening to vary the amount of squirted into each to ensure the correct fuel/air for all conditions. When the engine is light, the ECU focuses mainly on intake pressure and speed to the correct amount of fuel Under a mid-to-heavy load, the amount is calculated from opening and engine speed.

is a far efficient design than the surrounding conditions were only at start-up.

On the tip of each injector are four with two aimed directly at intake valve for better atomization.

Fuel injection and a new ECU add a few ponies and increase gas mileage and range. The throttle bodies are 36mm items that use one per cylinder with separate tracts. On the tip of each injector are nozzles with two aimed at each intake valve for fuel atomization.

To get rid of burned a new exhaust pipe features a larger inner diameter (up to and utilizes a catalyzer in the collector to for maximum power output still retaining acceptable levels.

The FI system incorporates an system but the bike still a fast-idle knob. The ECU continuously water temperature and adjusts the speed control valves to the engine quickly in cooler

However, there is more to the new Fi than the fuel-injection system. For the seemingly insignificant change a cable-driven speedometer to an electric provided a huge increase in mileage. By eliminating the deep the speedometer needed and the cable passed through the bottom of the Kawasaki found enough for almost an extra gallon of (from 4.2 gallons to 5.0 gallons) in the space.

The new speedometer features a digital tripmeter and clock, and the tank is now eliminating the unsightly external

New fuel tank is seamless and the is increased by 0.8 gallons. The frame is now rigid thanks to large frame pipes that are in diameter (up from 34mm), a diameter steering-head pipe, and stronger gussets. The head has also been moved 35mm to decrease fork to 25mm (from 60mm), increased trail from 4.8 to 6.3 inches.

The rear brake is now a dual-piston unit that larger pads for more power. The rider’s floorboards been moved aft 65mm for a upright seating position and the brake and clutch levers are 5-way adjustable items of the 4-way levers found on the Classic.

Other changes an upgrade from a 12V-14Ah to a 12V-18Ah unit (while the same physical size), a warning light replaces the and a new multi-pane headlight provides a more concentrated beam. A self-canceling turn-signal system is now and the spokes have a special on them to make sure stay shiny longer.

Florida Frolicking

Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic Fi

A sunny day during the middle of Bike 2000. Even with all the tweaks, Kawasaki tells us they upgraded the Vulcan to Fi status to give it more and better fuel economy. So, why should somebody purchase the Fi which makes only 2hp than the carbureted version yet for $800.00 more?

Although has been only a minor in the power output of the Classic Fi, we it over the carbureted Classic. First, the chassis changes a more solid and sporty

Also, the new fuel-injection system up throttle response and, you install a set of loud and chrome pipes, there’s no need to about re-jetting — the new Fi should do it all without you ever to even look at the owner’s knock wood.

The added capacity is also a noteworthy since the cruising range is now in the of 160 miles compared to 105 miles on the Classic. Once the reserve comes on there’s still fuel for another 30-plus so a single tankful should all day. Also, the more riding position and comfortable make this additional range and fuel mileage all the inviting to access.

The suspension on the Fi is better than commonly found on other Most cruisers have an feeling that tends to harsh over the small irregularities. The Vulcan Fi surprised with its soft, yet well-sprung that smoothed out most all of the little bumps on Florida’s

Though the front suspension is (very few cruisers are adjustable), the preload adjustable rear was easy to adjust even riding, and with each we felt a difference. The ride-height seem to increase any since we still drag the floorboards at the same lean angles, but the clearance was about on par with is offered by other manufacturers: notably better than of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and about equal to of the Yamaha Road Star.

We had the to ride a few of Kawasaki’s custom with modifications such as pistons, stiffer valve more aggressive cams, pipes and even turbos. motorcycles, from Ninja’s to are known for their engines, and are lot of tweaks that can reliably be reliably to the Vulcan 1500 motor, and the Fi makes it all a less proposition.

It’s not only the newest of one of their best-selling motorcycles, also the platform for a number of to come.

Will it make you Kawasaki’s newest variation on its line, this Classic Fi, is than just their and greatest up scale cruiser. not only the newest iteration of one of best-selling motorcycles, it’s the platform for a number of models to

We look forward to getting our on one of these new Vulcan 1500 Fi models so we can compare it against bikes in a heads-up contest of cruisers. Still, in the brief we spent on the bike in and around Beach, we must admit we

Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic Fi
Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic Fi
Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic Fi
Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic Fi

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