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Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom: style in a mid-size cruiser

By Andrews

In a fast sweeping series of curves up a hill in the of Texas, a smile of satisfaction to creep up at the corners of my mouth as I understand what this is about. I’m really the roll-on torque coming Kawasaki’s new Vulcan 900 Custom. But than that—I’m smiling I get it.

A month ago, though, I first got the invite, I didn’t

It seems, of late, whenever want to show off their big they go to Texas—the land everything is claimed to be bigger. So Kawasaki announced the 900 Custom’s in Austin, my head tilted like my dog’s does he hears something out of the ordinary.

The 900 Custom, left, shares the big feel of its brother, the Vulcan right.

My first thought was the 900 isn’t exactly Kawasaki’s bike, especially compared to the 2000. But then I wondered, when did we start considering of displacement to be small.

Like that look on my face that says,

The situation started to clear up Kawasaki’s technical presentation the before the ride.

According to Product Manager Croft the mission for the 900 Custom is big bike and feel, paired with a price and value. The hole in the they’re hoping to fill is a gap the under $7k 750s and 800s, and the $8k 1100s.

Much of the engine and remain unchanged from the 900 launched earlier this

The Custom, though, strives to out on its own, rather than be a cosmetic makeover. One of the most changes on the Custom is the cast used instead of spokes, a great deal of attention to the 21-inch front. According to the front wheel’s design have a single straight

It reflects the high quality of a bike, said Long.

The we’re told, was hand-molded by the then sent to the engineers to it work. In fact, most of the saw more time with first. Long stated Kawasaki knew it was confident in the department, but now wants to show it how to do style, as well.

Other from the Classic include and trail—changed from 32 degrees 6.3 inches of trail to 33 degrees and 7.2 of trail. Also, forward and pegs are used in lieu of

That’s the tech briefing. The morning, I’ll see how all these work in the real world.

The thing I notice is the sculpted with its twin valley We’re told it’s to entice you to run your hand Hmm. maybe I’ll doing that.

But the tank is one of many beautiful and pieces found on the bike and a to the designers.

I asked Kawasaki Seiichi Ino, what was his

He said, with some in English, that the shape from the power in the sea. He a dolphin and a submarine—creatures and things seem to move through the with incredible ease and despite their size.

the rounded, flowing curves subtly throughout the bike, I can see he’s coming from.

it comes to cruisers, it’s all style and comfort. With well handled, I settle the low 27-inch-high seat to check out the

Reaching out with my feet to the forward controls, the ergos me back to those thrilling of the chopper era. Handlebars are wide and sit atop long coming off billet-look triple

My 5′ 11 frame feels spaced out and fits rather but with the caveat that rather accustomed to this of bike. It is a bit more laid than the straight-up riding of the Classic.

Others may take with the amount of weight mostly in the saddle area. ends will probably about an hour of cruising, but more than that.

The fires up flawlessly in the relatively-chilly-for-Austin and pulls out immediately without and minimal surge. Credit to the new fuel injection and heavier found on the 900s.

I discover the cogs in the transmission are somewhat First, third and fifth are all you need. Fifth pulls from 35 mph, and dropping a or two really doesn’t provide much more oomph.

when you power out and accelerate from first that you get the benefit of all five clicks up.

Handling feels neutral and planted. The forward controls a bit more lean angle the Classic’s floorboards, but knowing the contact patch up front is much smaller tends to in any true hooliganism.

Looking I discover a delightful display of A tripmeter, odometer and clock all through an LCD display in the middle of the dash, with speed ringing the outside, and a fuel on the bottom.

The fuel gauge may be a bit off its though. After half a day of and some 130 miles it was showing I was assured, though, there was plenty of fuel left and not to be concerned until the fuel comes on, and then I’ll have around a gallon

I studied that light for the of the day, and true to their it never came on and I didn’t run out of

It was on a ride through some hill roads that the experience began to coalesce in my The Vulcan 900 Custom performs, and looks like a bike its displacement.

Everything says except the price. At a MSRP of the Custom is a lot of bike for minimal

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