Kawasaki has lifted off the covers from the all new Vulcan 900 cruiser in the US market. One of the mid-capacity cruisers from Kawasaki’s global portfolio, the Vulcan 900 has been launched in three different variants – Classic, Classic LT and Custom, all of which get the same engine but differ in terms of features on offer.
Variants and Colors
In the US, the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 has been launched in three different variants – Classic (USD 8,399), Custom (USD 8,899) and LT (USD 9,399). While the Classic variant is available in Metallic Dark Green/Pearl Robotic White colour, the Custom can be had in Pearl Nightshade Teal/Metallic Graphite Gray colour. The Classic LT is being offered in Pearl Robotic White/Pearl Nightshade Teal.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 has been positioned between the Vulcan S and Vulcan 1700 in the US market. While Kawasaki already retails the 650cc Vulcan S in the Indian market, the launch of the Vulcan 900 is not supposed to happen anytime soon here.
The new Kawasaki Vulcan 900 wears an old-school design, with a rounded theme executed for the main headlamp, rear view mirrors and turn indicators. The single-piece seat as well as fuel tank of the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 have been styled in a curvaceous manner to give it an appeal of a traditional cruiser.
While the LT variant gets its engine and some other cycle parts bathed in chrome, the other two variants get the same bits in a blacked out theme. In addition, the Classic variant gets black alloy wheels, with the other two variants getting spoke wheels. Lastly, the Custom variant gets side whitewalls for its tires.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 has been armed with a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 903cc V-twin engine, which comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine makes a maximum torque output of 78.9 Nm at 3,500 rpm, however, much like many of the other cruisers on sale in US, its maximum power output is undisclosed by Kawasaki.
Chassis and Equipment
All the three variants of the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 get the same suspension combination of upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and an adjustable mono-shock at the rear. The equipment list of the three variants differs marginally. The entry-level Classic variant gets a tank-mounted instrument console and a traditional heel and toe shifter for the gear lever. The LT variant, in addition, gets an adjustable front windscreen, backrest for the pillion rider, studded seat, leather saddlebags on either side. Lastly, the Custom variant gets drag-style wider handlebar, custom teardrop fuel tank, pinstriped wheels, more forward-set footpegs and lowered seat height.