Kawasaki’s Vulcan 500 LTD is an excellent motorcycle for first-time buyers seeking entry to the cruiser lifestyle. With a low seat height, friendly power delivery and affordable purchase price, the Vulcan 500 LTD makes it easy to develop those all-important riding skills.
Though it is compact and easy to ride, the Vulcan 500 LTD’s ample power and comfortable accommodations mean more experienced riders will still enjoy its practicality, efficiency and reliability as a transportation tool.
Based on the same engine that powers the Ninja® 500R sportbike, the Vulcan 500 LTD’s engine helps this cruiser outmuscle its competition. Its twin cylinder powerplant provides predictable torque delivery for boulevard cruising, while still offering plenty of extra muscle for highway trips.
It takes more than an excellent engine to make a great motorcycle, so the 500 LTD’s chassis is equally user-friendly. A long and low steel frame contributes to its classic cruiser looks, and with a saddle that’s just 28 inches from the ground, it puts just about any size rider at ease.
As for style, the Vulcan 500 LTD’s nod to the custom crowd includes a stepped seat, bobbed rear fender, tank-mounted speedometer and chrome-plated wire-spoke wheels. Admire it as is, or select additional enhancements from Kawasaki’s accessory line.
Twin-cylinder 498cc Engine
Compact parallel-twin design based on the NINJA® 500R sportbike engine
Special cam profiles and ample flywheel weight boost low-end torque
Keeps operating temperatures consistent, resulting in longer engine life
Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
Radiator hides between the frame downtubes
Four Valves per Cylinder
Better breathing for more power at high rpm
Compact combustion chamber for less detonation with today’s gasoline
Boosts low-end torque
Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner
Maintains precise timing without maintenance
Cam chain runs quietly, reliably
Reduces engine vibration for a super-smooth ride
Allows engine’s full potential to be utilized
Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps
Gives needed information at a glance
Compact design complements the bike’s clean look
Positive Neutral Finder
When stopped, just lift the shift pedal from first gear to easily find neutral
32mm CVK Semi-Flat Slide Carburetors
Quick throttle response
Precise fuel metering provides uniform power delivery at all engine speeds
Designed to boost low and mid-range power
Tuned pipes enhance low-speed pulling power
Single Disc Front Brake
Single piston pin-slide caliper produces quick, sure stops
Laid-back riding comfort for two
Chrome-Plated Wire Spoke Wheels
Narrow 100/90-19 front tire with a beefy 140/90-15 rear tire complement the LTD’s traditional cruiser styling
Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, eight-valve parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 74.0 x 58.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Carburetion: Keihin CVK32 x 2
Ignition: Digital TCBI
Final drive: O-Ring chain
Frame: Double-cradle, steel
Rake / trail: 33 degrees / 5.9 in.
Suspension, front / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic fork / 5.9 in.
Suspension, rear / wheel travel: Dual hydraulic shocks with five-way adjustable spring preload / 3.9 in.
Front tire: 100/90x19
Rear tire: 140/90x15
Brakes, front: Hydraulic disc
Brakes, rear: Mechanical drum
Overall length: 91.3 in.
Overall width: 32.7 in.
Overall height: 44.3 in
Ground clearance: 4.7 in.
Seat height: 28.1 in.
Dry weight: 439 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal.
Wheelbase: 62.8 in.