Little Big V-Twins Comparison Test — Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

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Little Big V-Twins: Harley-Davidson Fat Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Suzuki Marauder 1600 and Kingpin Motorcycle Comparison

Last year these motorcycles would have part of our big-twins comparison. the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 the order of things. All by itself it a mega-twin class into we swept the other oversized the Honda VTX1800 and the Yamaha Star 1700.

That new class narrowed the number of eligible for this comparison, we limited to V-twin-powered straight with displacements from to 1600cc. Even so, we could included more than 20 too many to make a focused

The displacement limits eliminated and Yamaha, but Kawasaki still 1500s and 1600s, Harley has a range of 1450s, Victory’s is composed entirely of 1500s and sells a 1400 (actually 1500 and, new this a 1600. However, we knew past experience that were some bikes wouldn’t be competitive.


Harley’s Dyna series has not us recently, so we didn’t ask for one of them. It a bit of discussion to decide which Softail we wanted, but we finally on Harley’s bestseller, the Fat Boy, topped our 2000 big twins .

Kawasaki has a pair each of and 1600 models. We might chosen the new 1600 Mean which in 1500cc form was our from our ’02 big twins However, the agreement between and Suzuki to share models has led to one becoming both the Kawasaki 1600 Mean Streak with minor changes, the Marauder 1600.

From past experience we Suzuki’s 1400 and 1500 were not going to be front-runners so we took the Marauder 1600 as designated hitter. That three Kawasaki Vulcans. The retro 1500 Drifter and the dated 1500 Classic uphold the honor of the Vulcan (and the carbureted 1500 at under $9000, is certainly than competitive on a cost but the Vulcan 1600 Classic to be the obvious choice.

Victory two models, the successful Vegas or the new which is closely based on the with a slight bias comfort and handling and a more look. Naturally we wanted the which we hadn’t tested

The Fattening of America

The Fat Boy might be the prototype for this entire and certainly Harley’s competitors love to have such a motorcycle, especially one that has selling as well as the Fat Boy has for over a Powered by Harley’s dual-counterbalancer, 1450cc air-cooled twin a clean Softail frame around it, the Fat Boy epitomizes that American wide, fat look.

Although it retains distinctive such as disc-style cast and that shotgun-style exhaust competitors have frequently to imitate other parts of its from the chunky 16-inch wrapped with full to the tank-top instruments, covered legs, the fork nacelle the headlight, the chrome airbox the engine, the floorboards, the hidden-shock suspension and the low, wide Although it comes up short in a few such as a mere single brake disc, the current-generation and chassis make an impressive package, too.

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