2009 川崎火神 900 Lineup

18 四月 2015 | 作者: | 評論關閉 上 2009 川崎火神 900 Lineup


Kawasaki VN 900 Classic Light Tourer

Three Middleweight Knockouts Do NY State

Photos by Fonzie

At a time when bigger isn’t always better, and more expensive means more hits to your bank account than you have friends on FaceBook, finding a compromise (moderation) in the key to long life. A thanks goes out to a family friend for the life-long motto I live by.

Adhering to the trend, if not leading the way, Kawasaki has its finger on the pulse of middleweight cruiser market. Stuffed into its lineup between the parallel-Twin 498cc LTD and the new 1700cc Vulcans is the Vulcan 900 (903Cc) series of cruisers. Lighter in both weight and price, but not lacking in style or rideability, the middleweight Vulcans are comfortable, smooth and adequately powerful.

We had tested the Vulcan 900 Classic in a previous Motorcycle.com shootout, in which Pete Brissette said Team Green did a “very good job of crafting a classic look.” Kawasaki has since added to its attractive lineup two other variations.

At Bill Dutcher’s Americade, like any gathering of motorcyclists and travelers, cruising the boulevard is just part of the excitement for cruising riders. Sure, it ain’t no Main Street at Daytona, but the attendees and locals of the annual Adirondack touring rally and expo like it that way. The Kawasaki Vulcan line of cruisers is a perfect fit with their low-decibel roar, good-natured handling and classic styling.

When we weren’t entertained with bike shows, paddleboat cruises or shopping our way through the immense vendors area, we were riding the winding greenways between lakes George and Placid. With undulating tree-lined roadways, gentle sweeping bends and world-class lakeside scenery, upstate New York touring is some of the best to be had. No surprise the annual event held it’s 26th anniversary in 2009, kicking off just about the time the first Vulcan hit the market.

Kawasaki VN 900 Classic Light Tourer

The week-long event wasn’t all fun and games, 然而. I had to endure the cavernous greenways and lakefront restaurants of Lake George in the hopes of deciding which Vulcan 900 was right for me: 的 900 經典, 900 Custom or the Classic LT. Kawasaki has been offering such life decisions for more than 40 years – calling this one their “Middleweight Knockout”and most recently I had to make the choice for myself.

Deciding between the three middleweight cruisers while touring around upstate New York lake country.

Forever the type of guy that wants to ride across this great nation, I tend to think I’d choose the Japanese maker’s middleweight tourer, the LT. But when I think about where I ride the most of my miles, a high-styled cruiser like the Custom SE is better suited for the streets of LA. Maybe I need a comprising model like the baseline Vulcan Classic to fill in for both my wants.

Time to do my homework.

Kawasaki VN 900 Classic Light Tourer
Kawasaki VN 900 Classic Light Tourer
Kawasaki VN 900 Classic Light Tourer
Kawasaki VN 900 Classic Light Tourer

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