2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

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With its low slung stature, fat, tyres and the classic design language the 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic continues to be a tasty midsized cruiser that has a lot to love.

With unique details such as rider floorboards, old-school fenders or tank-mounted instrumentation the motorcycle has the potential to draw attention everywhere it goes. The 2014 model year is also fitted with a completely new seat that features improved lumbar support for the rider and a wider and longer rear section for passenger.

The motorcycle is built around a 904cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, V-twin engine which is fed by the largest fuel tank in the class (5.4 gallons). Fire up the engine and it will reward you with a peak torque of 58.2 Lb.-Ft. available at 3,500 rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a modern five speed transmission.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic.

Overview

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

Big Twin Styling in an Easygoing Midsized Package

The name may be Vulcan® 900 Classic, but you should hear “definitive.” This midsized cruiser has the timeless goods wrapped in a long, low package with a presence that’s larger than its name. From its two-tone ebony and metallic gray paint scheme to its spoked wheels, this Vulcan garners attention wherever it goes. Details, like rider floorboards and tank-mounted instrumentation that includes a handy fuel gauge and an easy-to-read analog speedometer, only strengthen the bike’s ties with tradition.

The 903cc V-twin features dual slash-cut mufflers and a heel/toe shifter stir the soul as you loaf down the boulevard—with eye-catching performance just a throttle twist away. The fuel tank, at 5.3 gallons, is the largest in its class and adds to the big bike impression from the saddle. Yet, beneath it all, the 900 Classic is a dependable, modern—yet timelessly styled—motorcycle.

The visual treats continue with curved cooling fins on the big, classic-looking V-twin, which bristles with modern touches inside including four-valve-per-cylinder performance and liquid-cooled reliability. A balancer works in counterpoint with the single-pin crankshaft to produce that distinctive guttural V-twin sound and feel, with less of the annoying vibrations that plague lesser engines.

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Key Features:

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • 903cc V-twin provides an optimal balance of performance and manageability in a stylish package
  • Digital fuel injection delivers precise throttle control with improved fuel economy
  • seat features improved lumbar support for the rider and a wider and longer rear section for passenger comfort
  • floorboards with heel and toe shifter enhance rider comfort and deliver a stronger connection to the motorcycle
  • -leading 5.3-gallon fuel tank
  • Classically styled tank-mounted instrumentation includes fuel gauge
  • 180-series rear tire is widest in class and aids in the big bike feel
  • Efficient belt drive runs cleaner and with less maintenance than a chain while adding to the timeless style of the drive train

903cc V-twin Engine

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm
  • Smooth and reliable
  • -driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration

Liquid and Air Cooling

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • thermal control with finned cylinders and cylinder head, combined with liquid cooling
  • consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
  • Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
  • Includes temperature warning light

Electronic Fuel Injection

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • throttle bodies with sub-throttles provide optimum performance and rideability
  • 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
  • -atomizing injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Double Cradle Frame

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • rigid large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to lightweight handling at low speeds
  • swingarm looks like a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat
  • and low for minimal seat height and maximum visual impact
  • offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
  • wheelbase contributes to a comfortable highway ride

Comfort Features

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • NEW seat features improved lumbar support for the rider and a wider and longer rear section for passenger comfort
  • -low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops
  • Laid-back riding comfort for two

Custom Spoke Wheels

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • steel rims and spokes
  • “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub

Specifications

Engine typeFour-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
IgnitionTCBI with Electronic Advance
Transmission5-Speed
Final DriveBelt
FrameSemi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail32°/6.3 in.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear Suspension / Wheel TravelUni-Trak® swingarm / 4.1 in.
Front Tire Size130/90-16
Rear Tire Size180/70-15
Wheelbase64.8 in.
Front Brakes / RearBrakes 300mm hydraulic disc / 270mm hydraulic disc
Fuel Capacity5.3 gal.
Seat Height26.8 in.
Overall Length97.0 in.
Overall Width39.6 in.
Overall Height41.9 in.
Curb Weight619.6 lbs.
Color ChoicesEbony / Metallic Graphite Gray
Good Times™ Protection Plan12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Warranty12 Months
Price$7,999

Verdict

The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic is a great model for the novice riders that want to learn the secrets of cruisers on a relatively affordable motorcycle. It looks great, is as reliable as any other Japanese motorcycle and it also offers faultless ergonomics.

Don’t expect it to be as refined as a Harley, but for its money, the Vulcan 900 Classic has all it needs to be considered a good business.


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