One can easily dismiss mid-size cruisers such as the 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Special Edition. They point to the liquid-cooled 903cc V-twin motor and scoff at its "diminutive" size, as if 96 cubic inches is the minimum required for a "real" cruiser.
Most of us fight an eternal internal battle; we are constantly sorting out what we need, what we want, and what is best for ourselves. The 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE (Special Edition) forces us to confront the question of how much displacement is the right amount.
I'm taking a break by the side of the road. A seasoned gentleman walking his dog steps up to me and asks, "What year is it?" I reply confidently, "2010." He follows up with, "No, I mean the motorcycle."
The new 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero motorcycle is the latest addition to the very successful Vulcan 1700 line introduced in 2009. Running the gamut from standard cruiser to full dresser, the Vulcan 1700 platform has proven itself to be quite versatile.
I guess the first thing I should disclose is that I've never really liked the Fat Boy moniker that Harley-Davidson put on this Softail motorcycle. But, then, I never liked the name Fatburger--a popular local hamburger chain in Los Angeles--even as I happily devoured their signature sandwich.
"Please allow me to introduce myself; I'm a man of wealth and taste," Mick Jagger sang in the Rolling Stones' Sympathy For The Devil. Because the Diablo name was already taken by the likes of Pirelli, whose tires have been specially made for this very devil, Ducati resorted to its own Bolognese dialect for the word Diavel.