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2010 Vulcan Special Edition
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.
On a hot Southern California morning, my wife Jane and I pulled out for a day of riding Kawasaki’s biggest bagger-the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT. The goal-visit two legendary motorcycle hot spots: Hells Kitchen above Lake Elsinore and The Rock Store near Malibu.
I have to admit to being a little confused at the start of the new V Star 950 introduction. With a spec sheet that lists the dry weight at over 600 pounds and an engine capacity just below 1,000cc, Star’s posturing of their new cruiser as "entry level" didn’t seem right. Then, when I looked at the bike in the flesh, it certainly didn’t appear to be a small, entry-level machine either. Thinking it more mid to upper size, this perception was immediately shot down when I got on the bike for the first time.
Power Cruiser With Handling and Brawn
For me, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 is a bit too much displacement, too long of a stroke and more muscle-bound than muscular. The Vulcan 900 is certainly a fun bike to ride, but I can imagine that many cruisers picture themselves on something larger than a 56 cu in bike. Enter the Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak.
HONDA’S ACCESSORY DEPARTMENT CREATES A BAGGER
When presented with the Honda Genuine Accessories bagger version of the new-for-’07 Shadow Spirit 750 C2, I will admit I wasn’t all that excited. Every time I’ve gotten on a touring bike it seemed too big, too heavy, and a bit unwieldy. At the same time, this mini-bagger didn’t seem too big when I sat on it, and I certainly wasn’t concerned about it being too powerful, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. As it turned out, my rides on the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom reminded me that an open mind is a good thing.
Vulcan 900 Review
Well, this one almost slipped by us. When Kawasaki announced the new-for-’07 Vulcan 900 Custom, it’s safe to say that there wasn’t a staff-wide arm wrestling sudden-death tournament to determine who got to ride it first. But, at Kawasaki’s urging that I was really missing something, I skeptically agreed to give the 900 Custom a shot. Really, how exciting could a sub-liter metric cruiser be?
As more motorcycle cruisers take to the open road, the focus of style over substance redirects from the later to the former. Traditionally, the Japanese have always had a better grasp of engineering than style when it comes to cruisers, though this gap has been narrowing annually. So, when taking on a Japanese cruiser that has an actual job to do—touring—things get a bit more interesting.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT displaces a staggering 125 cubic inches, and each 4-inch piston has a throw of nearly 5 inches!
Since the reintroduction of Triumph motorcycles in the mid-1980s, the English motorcycle manufacturer has continued to make pragmatic, measured movement forward with its motorcycle model lineup. Its engines have grown gradually larger and more powerful, the styling slowly has become more modern, and sales figures have continued to climb. Triumph built its loyal fan base with reliable, enjoyable motorcycles, but it also established a reputation for having a relatively conservative nature.