Kawasaki VN800 Classic.

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Hi, I’m Steve Nichol I near Manchester, in the UK, this is all about my VN800 Classic, a bike, take a read.

It me some time to finally a Kawasaki VN800 Classic as my toy, the bike I picked have to be just right to fit in my needs, and whether the wife it!.

Three years ago I my right leg pretty badly at leaving me with very movement in my right knee, so if I to be a Born Again Biker, it have to be a Cruiser, no Roadsters or Bikes for me, my right leg simply bend enough to reach the


After pouring over magazines, internet sites, and to many dealers, the choice was to four bikes, Suzuki Marauder, Yamaha XVS650 Kawasaki VN800 Drifter, and the I finally bought, the Kawasaki Classic. I also looked at the VL1500, very impressive, my thought it was brilliant, but at Ј6,000, an import, I don’t know how a UK model is), it was just a bit too A Fatboy would have the H-D that fitted the bill, and may been the choice of some but at Ј13,000+ was simply out of the question, so it had to be a Jap

Sadly, the Suzuki was soon neither my wife or I could get on the rock hard seat, and I did not the T-bar handlebars. I loved the the seat was right for me, nice and shaftdrive, but as soon as the wife got on she felt like a jockey the ridiculously high pillion The Drifter was rejected mainly it’s looks were a too radical, but it does get some write ups.

So, it had to be the VN800 Classic, great position for me, and the pillion pad and footpegs my wife, but where to buy, and at the price?

The retail price in the UK for a Classic has come down the original price of nearly to around Ј5,400, second-hand all seem to be priced around to Ј4,000 for a low mileage example, so it sense to look for a new import. At the I bought my bike, there not many UK Classics available, and were pushing sales of the so it took a bit of looking around for I wanted.

My luck was in, I spotted an for new VN800 Classics on sale at UK (TD Motorcycles Tel: 01772 in Leyland, ( see postscript below ), so off we Don’t forget to give me a if you pay them a visit.

As soon as we in, there were four to from, but there were two caught our eye, a smart job, and the one that really a gleaming black and red machine.

With the help of Chris at Cruise UK. I parted company Ј4,895 for my nice new import Holland, and got an excellent deal on kit for myself and my wife. The bike was kitted out with a Datatag a small Givi Airstream smoked screen, (to cut down the blast), and a sissy bar with from Renntec. (to keep the on board).

I picked up my nice new black and red machine on Thursday, 7th 1999.

The first 500 miles, (or 800 as per the km clock), were covered a couple of weeks of buying the I must say, I am really with my Classic, the 805cc is silky smooth, punchy and beautifully. Starting is absolutely no from cold, full and hit the button; hot is no different, just the choke. The Classic can potter in 4th gear at 30mph, and pulls from that speed.

Off the I just trickle away in 1st and shift through the box, traffic for … behind, no no fuss, and for the first time on any that I have ever mirrors that are crystal no matter what the revs.

The for its size and weight is surefooted, but certainly no Fireblade, the Classic is as a cruiser, and so far I have not gotten any sort of trouble, but I didn’t buy it to go (one bust leg was enough, you). The brakes are a bit of a mixture, the front disc is excellent, the Classic’s 230+ kilograms sharply, but the rear drum quite a healthy stomp, the would win here with rear disc.

One problem I did encounter, was something seems to afflict most bikes, where have all the gone? Now I might be a bit of a big lad, but the of trying to balance a 230kg on a trolley jack to adjust or the chain did not appeal, so I was lucky to a product report in MCN for paddock

After many fruitless calls, sorry mate, we do ’em for your Superwarikamithingy 900, I spoke to a nice at NWS, Tel: 01992 got out the old credit card, and lo and behold the next day I was the proud owner of an NWS Stand. All I had to purchase was a couple of thread 12mm bolts to into the bobbin holes on the (bobbin holes on a cruiser. ), I had to saw the head off one of the bolts for use on the offside and cut a for a screwdriver in it to turn it into a in order to avoid the exhaust

At it’s first service, the kph had to go, I just could not get on with it, so I had to with another Ј115, but I do happier now. The engine is up nicely, it just seems to get and smoother, sorry to all those fans, but vibes are not my idea of I don’t mean any offence but is the way I feel. The Givi screen most of the wind blast so the odd bursts of 80mph I have the Classic are no problem at all.

Riding two up is fine, the Classic not notice the wife’s 10st one and the fuel consumption is around the mpg mark, although I would this to improve on a run.

all the plus points, so are there any points? Only three, the back brake is a bit weedy, but the up front makes up for it. Secondly the drive, all that muck off the and having to adjust it every few miles, a shaft like the XVS or belt drive courtesy of H-D make a lot of sense.

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Thirdly, the it sounds like it a refugee a Raleigh Moped. Up to now these are the criticisms I can think of.

Since my bike, various dealers Carnell/Motorcycle City have had special deals on the Drifter, and 1500’s which have cut the price on these bikes, so around before you settle on a I have also added a new the reason being twofold, one if the system falls apart, from Kawasaki is in the region of so I bought a Sito system Cruise UK for Ј300 fitted, and the reason, it sounds good, good, and does you good.

Well thats about it for the it is now September 2001, my Classic has nearly 7,000 miles and still running great. I added some Photos of my stick with it, there are a few, and it does take a time to load. If you want to about bikes I have in the past, go to my Golden Oldies and read about the Z650, RD200, CB350, or even a BSA DBD34.

If you want to know any about the VN800 Classic, go to my page, or click on any of the icons to visit one of many excellent related webrings. or go to my Biker and visit the VROC, Kawasaki’s Site, or just take a at some excellent bike

To see how my machine is getting on, visit my page. I have also a new section International Vulcan of Vulcans from around the take a look. If you are brave to have a go at fitting a KuryAkyn go to my Hypercharger page.

If you are, really brave take a at my Bust Leg Photos. but DON’T if you are in the bit squeamish, you have been Finally, drop me a line at to Email . I always reply to my even critical ones, bye for

Now you’ve read about it go and buy

Tuesday, 11/07/2000; I went to my dealer Cruise UK today, for a social visit as I do every few to be met with some awful

Mark Turner, who was one of the driving behind Cruise UK, had passed following a tragic domestic Mark was a great bloke, not typical dealer, he always had for a chat, a cuppa, and a cigarette. He want to screw you for every penny, but would cut you the best he could, as would any that at Cruise UK.

Sadly many are not made from the same

Mark was only 25, I for one will seeing him when I visit in the a thoroughly decent, nice it will seem really him not being there.

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