Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Drifter : Wikis (The Full Wiki)

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Kawasaki VN 1500 Drifter


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The is born from a custom built by CobraUSA in May 1996 [ 1 ]. An name in the motorcycle industryCobra a wide range of products exhaust pipes and accessories lowers, drive shaft floorboards, freeway bars, bars, visors, etc). An published on the CruiserCustomizing.com web site Cobra with having the concept of customizing metric [ 2 ] .

Members of the Cobra Special Division Ken Boyco and Denny designed and fabricated the Cobra Chief over a two-month in 1996 by converting a Vulcan into a creation which closely resemble the Indian of the late 1940s. According to the following magazines featured Super Chief custom Rider — September Boulevard Magazine — 1996, Custom Machines — Issue #1, and Motorcycle Cruiser — July

In the Rider article, [ 3 ] Don Emde, with having inspired the said that the object of the had been to marry classic styling with contemporary in order to create a motorcycle one might have expected to manufacture had it still been in at the time the project was launched. In the nostalgic look of the Indian, the fender light, rear rack, and leather fringe deliberately omitted. Three later, the team revisited theme by creating a classic-styled motorcycle. [ 4 ]

Shipping to Japan

The Kawasaki Super Chief was eventually to Japan where it would the creation and launch of the 1999 Vulcan 1500 Drifter blacked out handlebars, frame, and shocks as well as gray base served to emulate the look. While the Super turn signals had been in the bike’s spotlights, the Drifter equipped with conventional signals. While also a functional purpose, Kawasaki driving lamps as accessories could be added to the bike to its appearance.

The Drifter’s retro look was by using the Vulcan 1500 as a from which to generate a design which would a classic appearance while upon the modern technology that despite its 1940s the Drifter was powered by a fuel-injected 1470 cc V-twin transmitting by a five-speed transmission featuring an neutral finder. A drive served to transfer power the engine and transmission to the rear

Straddling a 65.2-inch wheelbase, it in at 322 kg (709 pounds). That is reigned in by single disk front rear.

Kawasaki repeated the blacked out in 2000, then in 2001 a new look which included forks and accessories, a larger tank, and a slightly modified And, with the 2001, classic now came with a solo seating as opposed to the seat which had been issue on the 1999 and 2000

The Drifter’s design drew a response from those who the Indian Chief’s deeply classic fender skirts to the traditional fender style. air shocks, original swingarm and progressive front suspension it a comfortable cruiser capable of great distances comfortably. tubes were stock as followed Cobra’s lead and chromed spoke wheels to the nostalgic look it was seeking to

Ceasing Production

Shortly the Gilroy Indian factory its doors, Kawasaki withdrew the from the north-American market.

its 2005 model year the 1500 Drifter was retired the Kawasaki stable. Its lighter counterpart, the 805 c.c. Drifter, in 2000, would remain in for one more year before it too production.


Vulcan Riders — Vulcan information including pictures, information, customization tips, sources and historical information.

Birth of the Drifter — Drifter historical information original material from Berg.

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