2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

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The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom is a bold cruiser especially developed to reward you with a unique riding experience.

It is also fairly good looking and features a classic design language that evokes the style of its ancestors. We especially like the fuel tank’s twin valley design that gives the entire motorcycle a distinctive feel. The same twin valley design can be also found at the rear fender. The front fender, on the other hand, features a minimalist style underlining the old-school look of the bike. You also get lots of chrome, a clean headlight design, a straight style handlebar and forward-mounted footpegs.

The motorcycle is equipped with a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin engine with a displacement of 903cc. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 58.2 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm and is mated on a five speed transmission.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom.

Overview

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

Cruising Perfection with an Extra Dose of Style

“Well, looks aren’t everything...” It’s easy to imagine the Vulcan 900 Custom’s competition comforting themselves with words to that effect, but one ride is all it takes to discover this cruiser has far more than just great looks on its side. This is one machine that manages to be both easy to ride and also powerful enough to more than hold its own against much larger cruisers. Of course, its stunning good looks, expert engineering and long-term dependability certainly don’t hurt!

The Vulcan 900 Custom’s appeal is more than just paint-deep. It has a fuel-injected 903cc V-twin that produces good roll-on acceleration that rivals the get-up-and-go of much larger motorcycles – with a smooth delivery that’s easy to manage. It’s wrapped in a nimble chassis that lets the 900 Custom turn and handle far better than any heavyweight cruiser.

The Vulcan 900 Custom’s unique, edgy design shows it can stand out from the cruising crowd. Kawasaki engineers and designers concentrated on delivering a motorcycle with a customized appearance typically found only on expensive two-wheel offerings. A massive rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and sculpted bodywork top the stand-out features of the Vulcan 900 Custom.

Perhaps one of the most striking examples of this Vulcan cruiser’s distinctive look is its large-diameter 21-inch front cast wheel – itself somewhat rare in the custom-building world. The wheel features spokes arranged in pairs for a special visual appeal. Balancing the lightweight look of the front end is a low, wide rear wheel featuring a 180mm tire on a 15-inch cast wheel that gives the rider the feeling of sitting on a one-of-a-kind, made-to-order motorcycle.

Bridging the visual contrast between the front and rear wheels is a sleek and subtle fuel tank. Its flowing lines easily lead the eye along the careful and delicate curves that blend together the highly customized form of this gem of mid-sized cruisers. The frame provides understated support for the Kawasaki artistry that is the appealing and gutsy, fuel-injected V-Twin Vulcan 900 Custom. Its stylish aesthetics grace a platform that’s perfect for customization with Kawasaki accessories.

Ready for anything from local streets to highway speeds, the Vulcan 900 Custom’s good power, easy maneuverability, and startling good looks make this Kawasaki the one to own.

Key Features

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
  • 903cc V-twin offers an optimal balance of performance, style and manageability
  • Stylish cast wheels – solid-look rear and “twin-spoke” front
  • Forward-mounted foot controls for laid-back riding position
  • Fat 180-series rear tire is largest in class
  • Stylish instrumentation includes convenient fuel gauge
  • 5.3-gallon fuel tank is largest in class
  • Efficient and stylish belt drive for long life
  • Digital fuel injection for precise throttle response and improved fuel economy

903cc V-twin SOHC Engine

  • Smooth and reliable engine tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm
  • Gear-driven balancer allows the use of a single-pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
  • Rubber mounted to reduce engine vibration at all speeds

Four-valve Cylinder Head

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
  • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow, creating more power and low-end torque
  • Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
  • Long intake tracts narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling, increased torque and better low-end response

Liquid and Air Cooling

  • Finned cylinders and heads combine with liquid cooling for exceptional thermal control
  • Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
  • Automatic fan helps keep things cool

Dual Slash-cut Mufflers

  • Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain emission reducing honeycomb catalyzers

Positive Neutral Finder

  • Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to easily find neutral, every time

Electronic Fuel Injection

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
  • Superb performance and rideability thanks to dual throttle bodies with sub-throttles
  • The ECU-controlled sub-throttles are located behind the main throttle valve, allowing the DFI® system to provide more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
  • Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for optimal acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Double Cradle Frame

  • Very rigid, large-diameter box section backbone allows space for a larger fuel tank, and lightweight handling at low speeds
  • Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
  • Long wheelbase contributes to a comfortable highway ride
  • Triangular swingarm has a hardtail appearance, but utilizes a single shock hidden beneath the seat
  • Long and low chassis for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact

Belt Drive

  • Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
  • Low maintenance and low noise

41mm Front Fork

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
  • Offers excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel
  • 33 degrees of rake and 7.2 inches of trail for excellent straight line tracking

Front and Rear Disc Brakes

  • The 300mm front and 270mm rear brake rotors are gripped by twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class

Custom Cast 21-inch Front Wheel

  • The wheel’s 18 “spokes” are arranged in pairs
  • Tapered and flanged in two directions, every line and surface of each 3D spoke is exquisitely curved

Wide Rear Tire

  • 180mm rear tire provides added traction while projecting a powerful image
  • Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers
  • Custom cast 15-inch rear wheel contrasts the “light,” tall front wheel

Tank-mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps

  • Provides riders crucial information at a glance
  • Compact design matches the bike’s clean look

Sculpted Bodywork

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
  • Fuel tank features a twin valley design, with a dynamic tension and presence all its own
  • Designed to be pleasing to both the eye and to the touch, the tank is composed exclusively of curves with constantly varying radii; the twin valley design theme continues to the rear fender and its hand-sculpted contours
  • Bottom of the rear fender features a relatively straight cut, to balance the lines of the motorcycle

Custom Features

  • Chromed headlamp, headlamp mount, lower triple clamp and turn signals as well as footpegs, shift lever and rear brake lever
  • Clean headlight design is compact and isolated without a central fork cover or headlamp bar
  • Small, minimalist fender and lack of front fork covers also contribute to the slender appearance of the front end
  • Sporty, straight-style handlebar adds to the bike’s custom styling. Instead of handlebar clamps, twin tubes elegantly curve back from the upper triple clamp. Both the handlebar and twin tubes are completely chromed
  • Forward-mounted footpegs instead of floorboards add to the custom image and improve rider control
  • One-piece “gunfighter” style seat is designed for comfortable rider and passenger accommodation and a custom-style look
  • Standard toe-operated shift lever instead of a heel-toe shifter complements the forward footpegs for a more open rider position

Specifications

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
EngineFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin
Displacement903cc / 55.1 cu. in.
Bore x Stroke88 x 74.2 mm
Maximum Torque58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Cooling SystemLiquid
Fuel SystemDFI® with dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies (2)
IgnitionTCBI with digital advance
Transmission5-Speed
Final DriveBelt
FrameDouble cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail33°/7.2 in.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear Suspension / Wheel TravelUni-Trak® swingarm, 7-way adjustable spring preload / 4.1 in.
Front Tire Size80/90x21
Rear Tire Size180/70x15
Wheelbase64.8 in.
Front Brakes / Rear Brakes300mm hydraulic disc / 270mm hydraulic disc
Fuel Capacity5.3 gal.
Seat Height27.0 in.
Overall Length94.7 in.
Overall Width35.2 in.
Overall Height44.1 in.
Curb Weight610.8 lbs.
Color ChoicesPearl Flat Stardust White / Flat Ebony; Metallic Flat Platinum Gray
Good Times™Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Warranty12 Months
Fuel Consumption45 MPG
MSRP$9,199

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