The Kawasaki Vulcan series of tourer bikes have become an industry standard of sorts and the whole line of Vulcan bikes are expected to carry over with a new set of models for the company’s 2011 line-up.
One of the Vulcan offerings that have been released this year is the 900 Classic LT. This motorcyle comes dressed with all the customary touring design touches that one would expect in a tourer - stylish saddlebags, a chromed brass studded seat that matches the passenger backrest, an adjustable windscreen, and passenger backrest that will keep your favorite person happy. These features are combined with an impressive powertrain, making the Vulcan 900 Classic LT a no-frills cruiser that has a bite as potent as its bark.
Speaking of its design, the Classic LT’s touring package features top-grain, reinforced cowhide saddlebags that have been carefully selected to minimize flaws and deep-dyed to prevent scraping off the finish. These bags feature a slant-top opening held shut by two 1.5" wide leather straps fitted with chrome buckles and stealth quick-release fasteners. The rolled and riveted top lids, along with metal reinforced upper edges on the bags, help maintain shape and keep unwanted moisture out of the bags. An embossed Vulcan logo on the reinforced dual-panel lids and chrome-plated brass studs finish off their look.
When it comes to the bike’s powertrain, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT doesn’t carry peanuts to go with its stylish design. What it does have is the same engine the Vulcan 900 Classic possesses: a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-cylinder V-twin engine that rolls out 58 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm.
Anybody who thinks that the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT is just an iteration of the Vulcan line-up is sorely mistaken. The bike has an identity of its own, and it’s an identity that you’d be best served recognizing.
Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT’s specs after the jump.
|Engine||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin|
|Displacement||903cc / 55.1 cu. in.|
|Bore x stroke||88.0 x 74.2mm|
|Maximum torque||58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm|
|Fuel injection||DFI with dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies|
|Ignition||TCBI with electronic advance|
|Frame||Double cradle, high-tensile steel|
|Rake / trail||32 degrees / 6.3 in.|
|Front suspension / wheel travel||41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.|
|Rear suspension / wheel travel||Uni-Trak® swingarm / 4.1 in.|
|Front brake||Single 300mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||270mm hydraulic disc|
|Overall length||97.0 in.|
|Overall width||39.6 in.|
|Overall height||58.3 in.|
|Seat height||26.8 in.|
|Curb weight||657.1 lbs.|
|Fuel capacity||5.3 gal.|
|Color choices||Metallic Nocturne Blue / Candy Imperial Blue,Ebony / Metallic Titanium|