Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1500 Classic: A full-sized cruiser ready for the open road
The Vulcan 1500 Classic has long been one of Kawasaki’s best-selling cruisers, thanks to timeless styling and a big-bore V-twin engine wrapped in a package that’s a great starting point for a uniquely customized motorcycle. By tapping into the extensive line of Kawasaki accessories, riders can create a one-off ride like no other bike on the road.
The 1500 Classic’s V-twin engine has a single-pin crank which helps it produce a distinct V-twin rumble and more than 84 foot pounds of torque at 2,800 rpm. The power delivery is perfect for city streets and effortless highway cruising. The fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC design displaces 90 cubic inches and features elegantly sculpted cylinders and polished cooling fins. Each of the big 50-degree V-twin’s cylinders has four valves actuated by a single overhead cam.
The classic cruiser look is long and low, which is exactly how the Vulcan 1500 Classic’s chassis is designed. An extra-low 27.6-inch seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards and plush suspension system make the 1500 Classic a comfortable ride. The speedometer, fuel gauge and warning lamps are located on a center console on top of the wide 5.0-gallon fuel tank. A large-diameter, chrome halogen headlight not only illuminates the open road, but it gives the Classic a distinctive appearance.
Available in solid Ebony or two-tone Metallic Titanium / Metallic Ocean Blue, the Vulcan 1500 Classic can be customized with a plethora of authentic Kawasaki accessories which are available through your local Kawasaki dealer.
1470cc / 90 cu. in.
SOHC, 50° V-Twin
83.9 lbs.-ft. of torque at 2,800 rpm
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use
Auxiliary fan keeps things cool, even in traffic
Four Valves per Cylinder
Compact combustion chamber decreases detonation with today’s low-octane gasoline
Boosts low-end torque
Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
Electronic Fuel Injection
Produces easy starting, smooth running, high performance and reduced exhaust emissions
Gear-Driven Engine Balancer & Rubber-Mounted Engine
Counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration
Allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration
Engine is rubber-mounted to all but eliminate vibration at all speeds
Five-speed transmission combines great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising
Positive Neutral Finder
Allows easy shifting from first gear to neutral after coming to a stop, every time
Reliable, quiet and low-maintenance
Chrome-Plated Wire Spoke Wheels
Wide front and rear tires on sparkling 16-inch chrome wheels
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve per cylinder, 50° V-twin
Displacement: 1,470cc / 90 cu.in.
Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 90.0 mm
Maximum torque: 84.6 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel injection: DFI with dual 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Final drive: Shaft
Rake / trail: 32 degrees / 6.5 in.
Front tire: 130/90-16
Rear tire: 150/80-16
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Twin Shocks, with five-way adjustable preload / 3.4 in.
Brakes, front: Single 300mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper
Brakes, rear: Single 270mm hydraulic disc
Overall length: 98.6 in.
Overall width: 39.2 in.
Overall height: 44.9 in.
Seat height: 27.6 in.
Dry weight: 660 lbs.
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Fuel tank capacity: 5.0 gal.
MSRP / Color choice: $9,699 Ebony; $9,899 Metallic Titanium / Metallic Ocean Blue