2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

With its stepped seat, pulled-back bars and aluminum wheels, the Kawasaki Vulcan® 750 embodies the style of the original metric cruiser. It’s also easy to own and maintain, thanks to a high-tech V-twin engine and shaft drive.

Powered by a liquid-cooled, double overhead cam 749cc V-twin engine, the Vulcan 750 is powerful and low-maintenance. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters ease maintenance and liquid cooling increases overall engine durability. Plus, the engine itself is rubber-mounted within the double-cradle, high-tensile steel frame to reduce vibration at the handlebar and footpegs.

A low-maintenance shaft drive transmits power from the five-speed transmission to the beefy 15-inch rear wheel. Plus, the easy-shifting gearbox features Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder, which allows for easy and accurate shifting from first into neutral when stopped. Air-assisted rear shocks with four clicks of rebound damping adjustment offer a smooth and controlled ride, while dual front discs provide reliable stopping power. Full instrumentation, including both coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, and a center stand are standard fare.

Kawasaki Vulcan 750

Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Specifications

  • Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, 8-valve V-Twin
  • Displacement: 749cc
  • Starting: Electric
  • Bore x stroke: 84.9 x 66.2mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.3:1
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Carburetion: Keihin CVK34 x 2
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final drive: Shaft
  • Frame: Double cradle, high-tensile steel
  • Rake / trail: 32 degrees / 5.0 in.
  • Front suspension / wheel travel: Hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
  • Rear suspension / wheel travel: Air-assisted dual shocks with 4-way rebound damping / 3.5 in.
  • Front tire: 100/90x19 tubeless
  • Rear tire: 150/90x15 tubeless
  • Front brakes / rear brake: Dual discs / Drum
  • Overall length: 90.4 in.
  • Overall width: 33.5 in.
  • Overall height: 48.2 in.
  • Ground clearance: 5.9 in.
  • Seat height: 28.9 in.
  • Dry weight: 483 lbs.
  • Fuel capacity: 3.6 gal.
  • Wheelbase: 62.2 in.
  • Colors: Ebony / Candy Persimmon Red
  • MSRP: $6,299

Features

V-twin Engine with Gear-driven Balancer

  • Optimum torque from idle to redline
  • Smooth, reliable and easy to maintain
  • Allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration

Four Valves Per Cylinder

  • Better breathing for more power at high rpm
  • Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on today’s gasolines
  • Boosts low-end torque
  • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
  • Hydraulic lash adjusters keep valves quiet with no adjustment required

Liquid Cooling

  • Consistent operating temperatures, resulting in longer engine life
  • Allows closer engine tolerances for more horsepower
  • Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
  • Includes temperature gauge

Dual-stage Quiet Cam Chain

  • Dual-stage design allows more compact cylinder heads
  • Runs quietly, reliably

Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner

  • Maintains precise timing without maintenance
  • Assures greater reliability

Rubber-mounted Engine

  • All but eliminates engine vibration

Five-speed Transmission

  • Designed to handle the engine’s unique power characteristics
  • The engine’s broad torque curve only needs five speeds for great acceleration and relaxed highway cruising

Positive Neutral Finder

  • Just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to easily find neutral
  • A Kawasaki exclusive

Dual 34mm CVK Carburetors

  • Precise fuel metering facilitates uniform power delivery at all engine speeds
  • Quick throttle response

Handlebar-mounted Choke

  • Hassle-free starting and warm-up

Air-assisted Rear Shocks with 4-way Rebound Damping

  • Adjustable for a wide range of rider and passenger weights
  • Provides a smooth and well-controlled ride
  • Integral adjusters make it easy to tune the suspension for a particular riding style or road conditions

Shaft Drive

  • Reliable and quiet, low-maintenance system

Dual Front Disc Brakes

  • Reliable stopping power under demanding conditions

Speedometer and Instrument Cluster with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps

  • Provides important information at a glance
  • Compact design complements the bike’s clean look

Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition (TCBI) with Electronic Timing Advance

  • A hot spark at all engine speeds for easy starting, smooth running and good fuel economy

2 comments:

Bought my 2006 Vulcan brand new in Oct. ’05. For the third time in 6 years this headache needs a total teardown and rebuild. At 2 years of age, blown valve cover gasket. At 4, whole electrical system fried and had to tear down and rebuild. Now, at 6, broken shift shaft means another rebuild. NO bike should need this much major work in 6 years. Won’t even consider another Kawasaki for my next bike.

I have owned many motorcycles starting in 1980. I started with Yamaha DT series 125’s through 400 CC. Then multiple Honda street bikes, a Yamaha 650 Maxim(fast). Then 2 Harley’s. Today I own a 1981 Honda CB 750K and a 2002 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan. They are both reliable and fun to ride. Since they are such different styles I can choose what fits my mood. If you buy a Vulcan 750 put in a gel battery and a good ground strap to save yourself much headaches. I have come to like the 750 class as I use bikes for commuting. They are quick enough to get out of their own way and get 45-50 MPG. The Vulcan 750 is a good choice for the money in today’s market. If you remove the mufflers and put on K-n-N filters it greatly improves noise and power.

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