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2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

KAWASAKI’S VULCAN® 900 CLASSIC LT BRINGS A NEW LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE AND STYLE TO THE MID-SIZE CRUISER CLASS This motorcycle has saddlebags, a special seat, passenger backrest, and windshield as standard issue.

Kawasaki is matching the introduction of its new Vulcan® 900 Classic with another new model with added performance and style. The new Vulcan 900 Classic LT will find a place right alongside its sibling when it comes to acceptance by a wide audience of riders, but the classic LT will be particularly attractive to those seeking an out-of-the-crate cruiser dressed up for cruising around town, or ready for open road touring.

This new V-twin entry for Kawasaki delivers all of the same riding characteristics as the Vulcan 900 Classic-featuring a category-leading 903cc engine displacement combined with “big-bike” look and feel, and torque to spare-but does it in an eye-appealing invitation to those for whom touring represents the ultimate get-away.

Kawasaki accessorizes the Vulcan 900 LT with saddlebags, a special seat, passenger backrest and an adjustable windshield. The only add-on that doesn’t show-up on the showroom hang-tag is the riding enjoyment that this new Vulcan addition will provide its owners.

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

The stylish saddlebags are made of reinforced top grain cowhide that has been carefully selected to minimize leather flaws and deep-dyed so the finish can’t be scraped off. These perfectly sized bags provide a slant-top opening, fastened with two 1.5-inch wide leather straps that feature chrome buckles and quick release stealth fasteners. Rounding out the look of these bags is an embossed Vulcan logo on the reinforced, dual panel lids, and chrome plated brass stud accents. Helping to protect both the bags and their contents are metal reinforced upper edges to help maintain shape, and rolled and riveted top lids to help keep unwanted moisture out.

The seat and passenger backrest combine to offer both comfort and a look that helps this touring machine take its place among the most stylish on the highway. The seat is detailed with chrome plated brass studs to match the bags, while the classic, tombstone-shaped passenger backrest sports identical studded appeal.

This long, low ride takes wind protection seriously; thick, optically correct acrylic plastic is used for the windscreen that’s shaped to smooth the airflow around the rider.

Once past the packaged look of the new Vulcan 900 Classic LT, the motorcyclist finds himself astride a ride that previously was only found with larger cruisers. Based on much of what has propelled acceptance of Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000, the two new 900 Vulcan models deliver exceptional roll-on acceleration, easy maneuverability, and performance the equal of larger displacement competitors.

Curved engine fins add visual interest to the traditional look of the big, fuel-injected V-twin, while the four valves per cylinder, liquid cooled reliability, and smooth highway cruising aided by the engine’s counter balancer make this a worthy new entry in Kawasaki’s Vulcan stable.

The Vulcan 900 Classic LT features a belt drive that keeps the overall weight down and improves rear-end styling. Any mention of rear-end styling has to include this unit’s use of a large, 180mm wide rear tire, largest in the category. The beefy, “big-bike” look inherent with the larger tire adds to the guttural, classic V-twin sound that is produced by the use of a single-pin crankshaft. Both look and sound evoke the feel of a much larger motorcycle.

But the larger look and feel need not exclude any potential rider. The low seat height makes the Vulcan 900 accessible to shorter riders and its tapered and studded seat flows comfortably into the fuel tank and lower chassis rails and provides a narrowed shape, which makes it comfortable for all riders.

At home around town or when the open road calls for long-range stability, this motorcycle is built for hour upon hour of touring pleasure. The combination of wide handlebars and an ideal relationship between the bars, seat, and big-bike looking footboards offers an extremely comfortable mount for any motorcyclist. The ergonomically designed front bucket seat is comfortable enough for any distance, and the pillion pad make sharing the two-wheeled experience with a friend effortless.

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

Some of the other features that make the Vulcan 900 so appealing to such a wide audience are:

  • It employs the same combustion chamber and intake/exhaust porting design concept as that used on Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000 The dual throttle valves control an electronic fuel injection system that helps insure smooth responsiveness and easy-to-control torque characteristics
  • Similar to the Vulcan 2000, it is equipped with an auto-fast idle system, featuring an rpm feedback relay that helps insure a fixed engine speed in all starting conditions
  • Easy-to-control torque, thanks to the fuel injection system, making ultra-low speed riding surprisingly easy; matched with gutsy, low-rpm torque that makes the roll-on acceleration characteristics such a rider plus
  • The fork offset and rake geometry are set for light, low-effort handling when maneuvering at low, in-town speeds The Vulcan 900 Classic LT will carry a 24-month factory warranty
  • The new Vulcan 900 Classic LT will be in Kawasaki showrooms in two color combinations: Metallic Ocean Blue / Metallic Phantom Silver, and Ebony / Candy Fire Red. With either selection, owners of this new classic LT will be noticed by everyone they pass along the highway

Kawasaki Classic 900 Classis LT Specifications


  • Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, SOHC, 4-Valve Cylinder Head, V-Twin
  • Displacement: 903 cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 88 x 74.2 mm
  • Maximum Torque: 60.8 lb.-ft. @ 3,700 rpm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Fuel Injection: EFI with 34mm Keihin Throttle Bodies (2)
  • Ignition: TCBI with Electronic Advance
  • Transmission: 5-Speed
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Rake/Trail: 32°/6.3 in.
  • Front Wheel Travel: 5.9 in.
  • Rear Wheel Travel: 4.1 in.
  • Front Tire Size: 130/90-16
  • Rear Tire Size: 180/70-15
  • Wheelbase: 64.8 in.
  • Front Suspension: 41mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
  • Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak swingarm
  • Front Brake Type: Single 272mm Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
  • Rear Brake Type: Single 242mm Disc
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.3 gal.
  • Seat Height: 26.8 in.
  • Overall Length: 97.0 in.
  • Overall Width: 39.6 in.
  • Overall Height: 58.3 in.
  • Dry Weight: 595.4 lbs.
  • Color: Metallic Ocean Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver, Ebony/Candy Fire Red
  • MSRP: $8,499

Features


Engine

  • 903cc V-twin SOHC engine tuned to deliver lots of torque from low rpm
  • Smooth and reliable
  • Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without heavy vibration

Four-valve Cylinder Head

  • Better breathing for more power and low-end torque
  • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
  • Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
  • Extremely efficient intake tracts feature ports that narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling and increased torque
  • Long intake tracts for great low-end response

Liquid and Air Cooling

  • Finned cylinders and head combine with liquid cooling to provide exception thermal control
  • Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
  • Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
  • Includes temperature warning light

Concealed Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner

  • Maintains precise valve timing with maintenance
  • Assures greater reliability
  • Hidden from view to preserve the engine’s clean, basic look

Rubber-Mounted Engine

  • Eliminates engine vibration at all speeds

Dual Slash-Cut Mufflers

  • Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions

Positive Neutral Finder

  • Just life the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to find neural easy, every time
  • A Kawasaki exclusive


Electronic Fuel Injection

  • Dual throttle bodies with sub throttles provide optimum performance and rideability
  • The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valve, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI system retains more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
  • Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption


Belt Drive

  • Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
  • More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel
  • Low maintenance and low noise

Double Cradle Frame

  • Large-diameter box section backbone is very rigid, allows use of a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds
  • Triangular swingarm appears to be a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat
  • Long and low for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact
  • Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
  • Long wheelbase adds to highway stability

Low Stepped Seat

  • Ultra-low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops
  • Laid-back riding comfort for two

Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps

  • Gives you the information you need at-a-glance
  • Compact design complements the bike’s clean look

Push-to-Cancel Turn Signals

  • No fumbling, just a simple push on the switch cancels the turn signals

41mm Front Fork

  • Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel
  • 32 degrees rake angle for excellent straight line ability
  • Wide fork pitch for classic look

Front and Rear Disc Brakes

  • A 272mm front and 242mm rear disc have twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class

Spoke Custom Wheels

  • Chromed steel rims and spokes
  • “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub


Wide Rear Tire

  • 180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image
  • Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers

Saddlebags

  • Made of reinforced top grain cowhide that is carefully selected with minimal flaws and deep dyed so that the finish can’t be scraped off
  • Slant top opening lid, fastened with two 1.5-inch wide leather straps with chrome buckles and quick release stealth fasteners
  • Dual panel lid construction with embossed Vulcan logo detail
  • One-half inch diameter chrome plated brass stud accents
  • Metal reinforced upper edge so bags hold their shape
  • Rolled and riveted top lid minimizes water entry
  • Seat
  • Detailed with ½-inch diameter chrome plated brass studs

Passenger Backrest

  • Classic tombstone shape
  • Strong chrome plated steel supports
  • Pad cover detailed with chrome plated brass studs

Windscreen

  • Thick, optically correct acrylic plastic windscreen is shaped for smooth airflow and cruiser style
  • Strong chrome plated steel supports
  • Two-position adjustable height


44 comments:

In case you guys haven’t seen this. I found this in one of the forums. It’s a website that someone put up with two video’s of her husband starting, riding off, and returning home on their brand NEW Vulcan 900. I’ll bet it sounds even better in person. You have to have Quicktime installed to see these.

< p>enjoy,

Mike< /p>

Finally saw one in person today at the dealership. It felt very nice, feels big. Not massive like sitting on the V2K, but it felt big and solid. Nice looking bike. At 5’10" & 240lbs I didn’t feel too big for the bike. These bikes are just hitting the streets and the 2007’s should be out soon. Wonder if any changes are coming?

The gas mileage is better than I expected to be honest. Cruising around the city and traffic etc its around 45mpg. On good run down the highway i’ve had over 60mpg. I think the fuel injection system plays a big part in this bikes efficiency thats why I choose it !

Thanks for keeping us posted Jonathan. You have sold me too. Wrecked my Volusia two and a half months ago. Still have one surgery to go on my left elbow. But, by next spring, will be back on two wheels again.Ha! Can’t wait. You guys ride safely and watch out for those car drivers that don’t see you.

Cool, the more I hear the more I like.
Have you checked the gas milage yet Johnathan?

Mike

I haven’t heard any belt noise at any speed to be honest, its quiet and beautifully smooth. The sound of the 900 cannot be compared to the 800, the 900 is much deeper, stronger sounding. I was orginally going to buy some straight shots for it but now it hardly seems worth it as it sounds great as it is.

Thanks Johnathan,

It sounds like the bike for the wife and I. One each, not two up. Two for the price of just one of the bigger bikes I was looking at. Have you heard any chirping noises from the belt drive at all? I’ve read about a couple of the newer bikes, I think the Vulcan 2000 in fact, and it had some chirp around the 50mph mark. Haven’t heard of anyone finding a fix or reason for it yet.

Mike

Jonathan, How is the sound of the vulcan 900? Is it whimppie like the vulcan 800 or more af a deep rumble?
Seen one, but have not heard one.
Thanks, Bill

Hi Mike,

Go and buy a the Vulcan 900, I promise you, you will not regret it. It will do 90mph all day long. Beyond this it sounds like its having to do some work but still ok for overtaking etc.

Personally I cruise at around the 85mph mark and its very comfortable.

Thanks Bill,

Top speed isn’t my main concern, but it does put things into perspective. You’ll notice the C50T is 19mph slower at the top end. This would tell me that the Comfortable cruising speed would be less than on the 900 Vulcan. Since I can’t test ride these bikes, I have to go on specs and veiws from riders like yourself. I have read a bit on the Cruisers, and the Suzuki C50T is well liked, but the main complaint is people keep looking for another gear on the highway. Also the Vulcan has the advantage of a rear disc brake and 100cc more motor. The Suzuki was one of my top choices before the Vulcan 900 LT came out. So to answer your question, nothings wrong with the Suzuki, I’d love to ride one. They are a sharp looking bike. Thanks for the Top speed website. It seems the 900 has a higher top speed than a lot of the bigger bikes. Maybe it’s geared higher and lopes along at highway speeds. This is a good thing.
Thanks again,

Mike

Mike, try this. Type in "top speed kawasaki vulcan 900lt"click on google. Go
down and click on top speed vulcan 900. At the top of this site click on the word "cruiser" Next site will list the top speeds, hp and weights for all the
cruisers. Oh yes, the hp given for the vulcan 900 is not 90hp, checked with
my local dealer, it is 60hp. Still a nice bike. By the way, whats wrong with the Boulivard? I thought it was nice at 75mph.

Thanks for the replies on my Cruiser Questions Johnathan.
I do realize this bike and most cruisers won’t be doing 100 mph. But here in Florida, some of the Highways speed limits are 75 mph. I usually drive 5 mph over the speed limit, and passing someone could put you up close to 100 mph for a short time. It is nice to know the limits of your bike before you buy one, or try the passing game. The wife and I are thinking about buying two bikes, and cruising together. Also knowing the Top Speed can give you some clue as to it’s comfortable cruising speed, especially since it doesn’t have a Tach. If the top speed is 90 mph, it’s not likely to like cruising along at 70 mph for long. Like the Suzuki C50T, I don’t want to be looking for another gear while going down the highway. I’d like to be able to cruise 75 and not be straining or overwinding the motor.
With that said, can you tell me what speed the bike likes to cruise at before it sounds like your past that nice loping along sound???
Cuz I can’t afford no fluz Capacitor for the warp drive.

Thanks,

Mike

This bike does 180mph effortless as long as the flux capacitor is installed and warp drive !

The VN900 is capable of 120mph but that is absolutely flat out with no head wind. The power is 54hp and torque 63lbs/ft. Its an excellent bike for cruising which is what is designed for. People seem to be concerned about this top speed, its not a superbike but simply a great cruiser !

Could it do 120? Maybe.

Does it really spit out 90hp? I absolutely, 100% doubt it!!!!!!

My guess it’s about 55hp MAX!

(not bad-better then most but NO WAY does it have 90hp!)

The bike doesn’t have a rev counter so dont know the rpm at different speeds. At 100mph the vibration is suprising low, pushing beyond this it starts to be come noticeable, but lets be honest though its not really designed to be doing 100mph+ everywhere !

A couple of cruiser questions if I may.

What are the RPM’s at 60/70 & 80 mph?

Also, how much vibration is evident at the higher speeds, like 100mph?

Thanks,

I’ve had mine now for 3 months and can back-up the fact that it will do 120mph, I’ve seen it showing almost 130mph on the speedo ! Acceleration is very good too, my mate on his VTX1300 struggles to keep up with me until about 100mph.

Top Speed is 118mph (Radar Tested)
0-60 Sprint is 5.45 (Tested)

54 hp
58 lbs torque

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