THE KAWASAKI VULCAN® 1500 CLASSIC
Celebrates 10th anniversary in style
This V-twin cruiser is dressed in timeless style right off the showroom floor. And for 2006, the Vulcan 1500 Classic celebrates it’s10th anniversary with a special two-tone color combination and commemorative emblems. A large part of its popularity is due to Kawasaki’s Fire & Steel™ accessories, which give those with a penchant for customization, all of the tools needed to make the Vulcan® 1500 Classic a truly unique ride.
Beginning with its single pin, 50 degree V-twin engine, the 1500 Classic produces incredible low-rpm torque that’s perfect for city streets or open highways. This fuel-injected, liquid cooled, SOHC design displaces 90 cubic inches and shines with elegantly sculpted cylinders and polished cooling fins, while the large radiator is tucked from view between the frame downtubes.
Both of the big V-twin’s cylinders have four valves actuated by a single overhead cam (SOHC). Hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain valve clearance for smooth engine performance, reduced noise and low maintenance while automatic cam chain tensioners keep cam timing accurate.
The Vulcan 1500 Classic’s five-speed transmission takes advantage of the engine’s generous torque by utilizing precisely spaced gears to provide smooth, quiet shifting for seamless acceleration. The top gear provides a relaxed engine speed on the highway. The hydraulically actuated clutch provides progressive torque absorption to help ensure smooth and precise power delivery to a reliable, quiet shaft drive that requires minimal maintenance.
A gear-driven engine counter balancer and rubber engine mounts reduce handlebar and floorboard vibration. The engine produces a distinct V-twin rumble and more than 85 foot-pounds of torque at 3,000 rpm. A crack of the throttle punches out smooth acceleration while a large alternator provides enough output to power electrical accessories.
The classic cruiser look is long and low, which is exactly how the Vulcan 1500 Classic’s chassis is designed. An extra-low 27.6-inch seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards and plush suspension system make the 1500 Classic a comfortable ride. The speedometer, fuel gauge and warning lamps are located in a center console on top of the wide 5.0-gallon fuel tank. A large-diameter, chrome halogen headlight not only illuminates the open road, it gives the Classic a distinctive appearance.