Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic vs. Star V Star 950- Comparison Test

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Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic vs. V Star 950 – Comparison Test sons of different manufacturers.

it’s hard to pick a in these little motorcycle we’re so fond of doing and it’s easy, but I can’t it ever being so difficult to which bike is which. Is the Kawasaki I’m on now? Or the Star? the Kawasaki says Kawasaki on the tanktop instrument pod, and the does not. Once a time, all the Japanese four-cylinders into the Universal Japanese

Now the focus groups seem to zeroed in on the Universal Japanese

Wheelbases of these two are both in the range, chassis have 32 of rake and similar trail wet weights are about 615 pounds and offer nearly identical feet-forward riding positions. in the fact that Star Red and Kawasaki Candy Fire Red to come from the same and you’ve got a pair of bikes a lot in common.

If it’s high performance you you are shopping in the wrong aisle. wheeled lawn chair, machines that extend relaxing backyard experience the larger world, bikes for and for being seen, econo-cruisers have been super-sized that’s what the American want. They’re long, heavy and they’re low.

tiller-style handlebars serve to off your bulging biceps they also act like the Wallendas’ balance poles. And if you’re built like seats just about 27 high keep Mother close. In short, these are easy bikes to trundle upon; you’re not going to out, fly over the bars if you use the brake or be suddenly struck an urge to emulate Rossi or Who?

And, due to the bar width, don’t really encourage sharing, either. Performance and experience are remarkably similar.

You say I say potahto… wait, isn’t property of H-D? The identical of the V Star (left) and Vulcan are for rolling around town, if you live where it’s Those wide bars excellent armpit ventilation.

Stop riding and start and differences become more Kawasaki went for a sort of H-D Deluxe aesthetic when it out the first Vulcan 900 in 2006, with fake-hardtail frame and a spoked wheel combo a few hundred dollars more, the 900 Custom gets 21- and 15-inch Chromed plastic abounds, and the real giveaway that not actually yesteryear is the coolant stuck up front between the

If you’re in the market for this maybe you don’t notice it? cooling is a good thing for reliability and power but, in the air-cooled V Star 950, in part to its bigger displacement, more horsepower and torque the Kawasaki. With these though, it’s not all about is it?

Compare, for fun, the BMW S1000RR’s 2.6 ratio to these bikes’ of about 12.4 pounds-per-pony. defines these scoots; excellent for beginners who want to into it on a bike that look so beginner-ish, and not bad for more riders looking to downsize, uh, of.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

For the V Star 950, Star off in the “neostreamlined” direction it begat its Roadliners, fitting an 18-/16-inch wheel combo a little reminiscent of H-D’s Dyna The Yamaha’s steel fenders are Both bikes strike a balance between spending wisely on nice components will notice—like tasty triple clamps and handlebar the need to keep the price in the $8K range through the use of things single brake discs up squeezed by twin-piston sliding calipers (that get the job done adequately).

And the nicest component on the would be its engine. For us motorcycle air cooling is what makes a engine a radial engine, and the V design team understands Not only does the Star’s look the part, the absence of jacketing means it makes the sounds, too—some of them With four valves per driven by a single cam in each all that’s missing is the pushrod

Together with its reasonably two-into-one exhaust note and EFI honk when you whack the throttle, the V Star sounds an only slightly tamed of the real deal. And with its 60-degree Vee, it feels a more like one than the too—though both bikes are smooth up to around 80 mph or thereabouts. that, both begin to through the bars and floorboards, and not too more mph beyond that encounter the standoff between and wind resistance and will why “the Ton” (for the that’s 100 mph) used to be a big

For urban use, there’s little to choose between the But if you decide to push the envelope on twisting backroad, the Star to possess a tad more structural and road feelthough the fact it runs out of cornering clearance and often pretty much its handling advantage over the when the pace heats that it probably will. these are great gateway and could lead to harder

Maybe even a sportbike?

If attracted to either bike, aren’t any good reasons to dis one (as long as you’ve never anything remotely sporty, or you and are tired of it). Star and know what they’re Fuel injection means bikes start up instantly and run and their gearboxes and belt transmit power smoothly and returning mpg numbers in the mid 40s.

bikes’ suspensions and cushy do a good job smoothing out bumps life’s highway, and both passenger seats in keeping the SuperSize theme (rear preload is the sole adjustment on bike). Both are ridiculously to operate once you extricate from the garage clutter so easy given their and wide handlebars), and both probably be running strong they really are vintage. just a little hard to us sitting around in 30 years about which was better.

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