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2011 Vulcan 900 Custom

Drawing from both current and classic motorcycle styling influences, the 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom and Custom Special Edition cruisers are a distinctive mix of back-in-the-day style and up-to-date imagery; an aggressive flat handlebar and forward footpegs.

Stylish cast wheels, including a solid-look rear wheel, complete the classic V-twin look. And the 180-series rear tire, the largest in its class, accentuates its big bike style. But you won’t pay big bike bucks to get this affordable middleweight motorcycle.

These stylish Kawasaki motorcycles have more to offer than just good looks. Like its siblings, the Vulcan 900 Custom has a fuel-injected 903cc engine that produces descent roll-on acceleration not quote rivaling the get-up-and-go of much larger motorcycles, yet it’s wrapped in a nimble chassis that lets it turn and handle more easily than a heavyweight motorcycle.

The Kawasaki 900 Custom has a unique, edgy design that stands out from the crowd. Kawasaki engineers and designers concentrated on delivering a motorcycle with a customized appearance typically found only on more expensive two-wheel offerings.

A larger rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and sculpted bodywork top the standout features of the 2011 Kawasaki 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 motorcycle 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.

A matte black frame provides an understated framework 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 (or other) motorcycle accessories.

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

Want an even more exclusive ride? Then the Special Edition motorcycle model may satisfy that craving. The Vulcan 900 Custom SE comes with all the trappings of an expensive handmade creation for a fraction of the cost and none of the maintenance headaches.

It features a special black-out treatment on the air cleaner, engine cases, exhaust and forks and the Vulcan 900 Custom SE is finished off with a Special Edition Ebony color scheme mixing flat and high gloss black paint features.

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom | Motorcycle Specs

  • 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
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Maximum torque: 58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Fuel injection: DFI with dual 34mm Keihin throttle bodies (2)
  • Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final drive: Belt
  • Frame: Double cradle, high-tensile steel
  • Rake / trail: 33 degrees / 7.2 in.
  • Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
  • Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® swingarm, 7-way adjustable spring preload / 4.1 in.
  • Front tire: 80/90×21
  • Rear tire: 180/70×15
  • Front brake / rear brake: 300mm hydraulic disc / 270mm hydraulic disc
  • Overall length: 94.7 in.
  • Overall width: 35.2 in.
  • Overall height: 44.1 in.
  • Seat height: 27.0 in.
  • Curb weight: 610.8 lbs.
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
  • Wheelbase: 64.8 in.
  • Color / Special Edition: Metallic Dark Red/ Flat Ebony (SE)
  • Warranty: 12 months