2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Model Lineup Review / Differences: Custom, Classic, LT Comparison | Motorcycle 900cc / Cruiser

– 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Buyer’s Guide: Specs, Features, Model Differences, MPG & HP / TQ Performance Info + More on all (3) models! (Classic, LT, Custom)

Kawasaki has been around the block once or twice when it comes to building motorcycles and when you have been doing it as long as they have, you get something right every now and then and the Vulcan 900 models that are available for 2018, hit the nail on the head for many people. Many of manufacturers these days are taking one platform and building multiple model variations out of them to hit more segments of the market without having to sink a ton of money into even more R&D to set each of the different cruiser models apart in every way. Case in point, the (3) different models of the Vulcan 900 lineup that we’ll be going over below.

As you’ll see below, the 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic and Classic LT models are similar in a lot of ways apart from some touring accessories and then you have the Custom model which goes in a completely different direction but still shares a few of the same features too. The point of today’s model breakdown will be to hopefully help you fully understand all of the differences between the 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 models and help you decide which one is the best route for you.

Option 1:  2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

  • Key 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic Facts / Specs:
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic Price / MSRP: $7,999
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic Horsepower: 50 HP @ 5,700 RPM 
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic Torque: 58.2 ft/lb TQ @ 3,500 RPM 
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic Colors: Metallic Matte Carbon Gray / Metallic Matte Graphite Gray

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

Powered by a fuel-injected V-twin 903cc engine offering excellent performance, traditional styling and modern dependability, the Vulcan 900 Classic cruiser delivers far more substance than anticipated and sets the bar high in the mid-size cruiser category. 

The Vulcan 900 Classic offers clean, flowing lines for a look as smooth as the ride on this mid-sized cruiser from Kawasaki. The Vulcan 900’s engine pumps out 50 horsepower @ 5,700 RPM with a stout 58.2 ft/lb of torque @ 3,500 RPM which is what really matters when it comes to riding around town matched up with a plush bucket seat and spacious floorboards for all-day comfort.

This Vulcan’s winning combo will please entry-level riders and anyone seeking class leading power and torque, but wanting more agility than a large-displacement machine.

Blessed with plenty of charisma and class-leading ergonomics, the Vulcan 900 matches its powerplant and chassis prowess with equally stunning bodywork. Graceful fenders and fuel tank accentuated by a polished chrome-accented air cleaner and chrome headlight give it the classic cruiser curves. A subtle matte black frame balances the stylish modern flair in its bodywork, low-slung seat, and stylish tail light.

Keeping with its cruiser roots, the visual treats continue with curved engine fins on the big, V-twin that features ride-enhancing, modern touches inside – four valves per cylinder performance, liquid-cooling reliability, and a vibration-reducing engine counter-balancer.

A belt drive on the Vulcan 900 keeps the overall weight down, improves rear-end styling and provides the rider with additional customizing opportunities. A single-pin crankshaft, which helps produce that distinctive guttural, classic V-twin sound, and the beefy rear tire, the largest in its class, contributes to the Vulcan 900’s big bike feel.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

The Vulcan 900’s low seat height and tapered seat doesn’t exclude any rider. Comfortable enough for any distance, the front bucket seat flows nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and lower chassis rails provide a narrowed shape for an effortless reach to the pavement – ideal for shorter riders. The rear pillion pad makes it painless to share the two-wheeled experience. The wide handlebars, seat and floorboards combination offers an ideal ergonomic relationship, making for a relaxing mount.

Some of the other features that make the Vulcan 900 appealing to such a wide audience are a fork offset and rake designed for light, effortless maneuvering at low, in-town speeds. The 900 Classic is equipped with an auto-fast idle system that uses an rpm feedback relay to ensure a fixed engine speed in all starting conditions. Its easy-to-control fuel-injection makes ultra-low speed riding surprisingly easy, and the abundant low-rpm torque provides thrilling roll-on acceleration. At home, around town or on the open road, this motorcycle is built for hour upon hour of riding pleasure.

Quick Overview of Vulcan 900 CLASSIC Features

  • 903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
    • Tuned to deliver healthy dose of torque at low rpm
    • Smooth and reliable
    • Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
    • Fuel-injection helps deliver exceptional fuel economy
    • Rubber mounted to cut down on vibrations at all speeds
  • Four-valve Cylinder Head
    • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow more power and low-end torque
    • Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
    • Extremely efficient intake tracts feature ports that narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling and increased torque
    • Long intake tracts for great low-end response
  • Liquid and Air Cooling
    • Exceptional thermal control with finned cylinders and head and liquid cooling combination
    • Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
    • Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
    • Includes temperature warning light
  • Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner
    • Maintains precise valve timing with maintenance
    • Assures greater reliability
    • Hidden from view to preserve the engine’s clean, basic look
  • Dual Slash-Cut Mufflers
    • Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions
  • Positive Neutral Finder
    • Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to find neutral easy, every time
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
    • Dual throttle bodies with sub throttles provide optimum performance and rideability
    • The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valve, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI system retains more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
    • Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption
  • Belt Drive
    • Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
    • More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel
    • Low maintenance and low noise
  • Double Cradle Frame / Chassis
    • Rider floorboards with heel / toe shifter enhance rider comfort
    • Very rigid large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds
    • Triangular swingarm looks like a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat
    • Long and low for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact
    • Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
    • Long wheelbase contributes to highway stability
  • Low Stepped Seat
    • Ultra-low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops
    • Laid-back riding comfort for two
  • Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal
    Indicators and Caution Lamps

    • Gives you the information you need at-a-glance
    • Compact design complements the bike’s clean look
    • Class-leading 5.3 gallon fuel tank
  • 41mm Front Fork
    • Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel – the most in its class
    • 32 degrees rake angle for excellent straight line ability
    • Wide fork pitch for classic look
  • Front and Rear Disc Brakes
    • A 272mm front and 242mm rear disc have twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class
  • Custom Spoke Wheels
    • Chromed steel rims and spokes
    • “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub
  • Wide Rear Tire
    • 180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image
    • Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Pictures / Photo Gallery:

Option 2: 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

  • Key 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic LT Facts / Specs:
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic LT Price / MSRP: $8,999
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic LT Horsepower: 50 HP @ 5,700 RPM 
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic LT Torque: 58.2 ft/lb TQ @ 3,500 RPM 
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Classic LT Colors: Candy Cardinal Red / Metallic Graystone

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic LT 900 Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

What is the 2018 Kawasaki 900 Vulcan LT? Take the standard Classic model we just covered above and throw some touring accessories on it and you have the LT version of the Classic. Now, let’s take a dive into those fine details that were changed to make this cruiser a lot more tourer friendly.

To create the fully accessorized, ready-to-tour Vulcan 900 Classic LT cruiser, Kawasaki started with its class-leading Vulcan 900 Classic and boosted its class-leading attributes. Included in the style and touring enhancements were saddlebags, a special touring seat, passenger backrest and an adjustable windshield.  

This mid-size Kawasaki offers the same excellent riding characteristics as the Vulcan 900 Classic – from the fuel-injected 903cc engine which delivers exceptional roll-on acceleration to the nimble chassis sporting classy, flowing cruiser beauty. Its eye-catching touring features only add to this winning mixture of agility and large-displacement power and torque.

At the core of the Classic LT’s touring package are, top-grain, reinforced cowhide saddlebags. The leather is carefully selected to minimize flaws and deep-dyed to prevent scraping off the finish. The ideally-sized bags feature a slant-top opening held shut by two 1.5-inch wide leather straps fitted with chrome buckles and stealth quick-release fasteners. The rolled and riveted top lids along with metal reinforced upper edges on the bags help maintain shape and keep unwanted moisture out of the bags. An embossed Vulcan logo on the reinforced, dual panel lids, and chrome plated, brass studs finishes off the look of these bags.

Comfortable seats for the rider and passenger are a must on any touring motorcycle. The Classic LT offers both along with a backrest to keep the passenger relaxed and smiling as the miles tick by. Both the seat and the classic passenger backrest are detailed with chrome plated brass studs to match the bags. More touring pleasure comes from the thick, optically correct, acrylic plastic windscreen that delivers a smooth airflow around the rider and passenger. 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

Break downs are a negative on any trip. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT utilizes a low-maintenance belt drive not only to help avoid undesired stops, but also keep the pounds off and its rear-end style in good form. Speaking of rear-end styling; the 900 Classic LT sports a large, 180mm wide rear tire – the largest in its category. The beefy tire appearance accentuates the classic V-twin rumble courtesy of a single-pin crankshaft. It’s this look and sound that suggest a much larger motorcycle.

However, the Vulcan 900 LT’s sizeable impact shouldn’t alarm potential riders. It has a low seat height and chassis rails that offer a narrow and tapered seat design, which blends comfortably into the tank. This translates into plenty of accessibility for shorter riders and comfort for all riders. Wide handlebars ideally situated with the seat and floorboards, coupled to roomy passenger accommodations make the Vulcan 900 Classic LT a hit for many riders that want a cruiser that’s setup for touring right from the factory – so you don’t have to add the usual accessories you’ll need on a cruiser if you plan on hitting the road for longer trips.

Quick Overview of Vulcan 900 CLASSIC LT Features

* The Classic LT takes all of the features above from the standard Classic model and adds the following:

  • Windshield / Windscreen 
    • Robust, optically correct, acrylic plastic windscreen is shaped for smooth airflow 
    • Strong chrome plated steel supports enhance its cruiser style
    • Adjustable height
  • Saddlebags / Storage
    • Carefully selected top grain cowhide with minimal flaws and deep dyed for a long-lived finish 
    • Slant top opening lid, with two 1.5-inch wide leather straps, chrome buckles and quick release fasteners 
    •  Dual panel lid construction with embossed Vulcan logo detail 
    • Half-inch diameter chrome plated brass stud accents 
    • Metal reinforced upper edge so bags hold their shape 
    • Rolled and riveted lid minimizes water entry
  • Low Stepped Seat 
    • Detailed with half-inch diameter chrome plated brass studs to set it apart from the standard Classic model
  • Passenger Backrest 
    • Classic tombstone shape 
    • Strong chrome plated steel supports 
    • Pad detailed with chrome plated brass studs
  • Warranty
    • The Classic LT comes with a 24-month limited warranty versus a 12-month warranty on the standard Classic and Custom Vulcan 900 models

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Pictures / Photo Gallery:

Option 3: 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

  • Key 2018 Vulcan 900 Custom Facts / Specs:
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Custom Price / MSRP: $8,499
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Custom Horsepower: 50 HP @ 5,700 RPM 
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Custom Torque: 58.2 ft/lb TQ @ 3,500 RPM 
    • 2018 Vulcan 900 Custom Colors: Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

The Vulcan 900 Custom is a factory built custom bike that really stands out from the crowd. It’s the result of Kawasaki’s pursuit of the essence of a true custom motorcycle. A study in contrasts, its low set rear, massive rear tire and solid disc wheel are juxtaposed against a clean and lightweight front end.

The Vulcan 900 Custom shares some parts with the Classic and LT models but they are also very different in many aspects and ride like two completely different bikes as well.

The Vulcan 900 Custom’s appeal is more than just paint-deep. It has a fuel-injected 903cc engine that produces exceptional roll-on acceleration rivaling the get-up-and-go of much larger motorcycles – yet it’s wrapped in a nimble chassis that lets it turn and handle like no heavyweight motorcycle can. The 900 Custom’s unique, edgy design shows it can stand out from the crowd. Kawasaki engineers and designers concentrated on delivering a motorcycle with a customized appearance typically found only on expensive two-wheel offerings. A massive rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and sculpted bodywork top the stand-out features of the Vulcan 900 Custom.

Perhaps one of the most striking examples of the Vulcan 900 Custom’s distinctive look is its large-diameter 21-inch front cast wheel – itself somewhat rare in the custom-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.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

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. 

With the flick of a switch, the fuel injected V-Twin Vulcan 900 Custom comes to life, its satisfying pulse urging the rider to hit the open road. The feel good acceleration and light, sporty handling
characteristics offer a stress free riding sensation that will have riders reluctant to dismount, except perhaps to admire their ride.

Designed to look good from all angles, the carefully crafted Vulcan 900 Custom’s bodywork creates delicate patterns of light and shadow, enhancing the Custom’s striking appearance.

Quick Overview of Vulcan 900 CUSTOM Features

  • 903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
    • Tuned to deliver healthy dose of torque at low rpm
    • Smooth and reliable
    • Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
    • Fuel-injection helps deliver exceptional fuel economy
    • Rubber mounted to cut down on vibrations at all speeds
  • Four-valve Cylinder Head
    • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow more power and low-end torque
    • Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
    • Extremely efficient intake tracts feature ports that narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling and increased torque
    • Long intake tracts for great low-end response
  • Liquid and Air Cooling
    • Exceptional thermal control with finned cylinders and head and liquid cooling combination
    • Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
    • Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
    • Includes temperature warning light
  • Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner
    • Maintains precise valve timing with maintenance
    • Assures greater reliability
    • Hidden from view to preserve the engine’s clean, basic look
  • Dual Slash-Cut Mufflers
    • Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions
  • Positive Neutral Finder
    • Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to find neutral easy, every time
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
    • Dual throttle bodies with sub throttles provide optimum performance and rideability
    • The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valve, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI system retains more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
    • Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption
  • Belt Drive
    • Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
    • More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel
    • Low maintenance and low noise
  • Double Cradle Frame / Chassis
    • Rider floorboards with heel / toe shifter enhance rider comfort
    • Very rigid large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds
    • Triangular swingarm looks like a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat
    • Long and low for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact
    • Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
    • Long wheelbase contributes to highway stability
  • Low Stepped Seat
    • Ultra-low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops
    • Laid-back riding comfort for two
  • Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal
    Indicators and Caution Lamps

    • Gives you the information you need at-a-glance
    • Compact design complements the bike’s clean look
    • Class-leading 5.3 gallon fuel tank
  • 41mm Front Fork
    • Offers excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel
    • 33 degrees of rake and 7.2 inches of trail for excellent straight line stability
  • Front and Rear Disc Brakes
    • A 300mm front and 270mm rear disc are both gripped by twin-piston calipers for some of the best stopping power in the class
  • Custom Cast 21-inch Front Wheel
    • The wheel’s 18 “spokes” are arranged in pairs
    • Tapered and flanged in two directions, every line and surface of each 3D spoke is exquisitely curved
  • Wide Rear Tire
    • 180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image
    • Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers
    • Custom cast 15-inch rear wheel contrasts the “light,” tall front wheel
  • Sculpted Bodywork
    • Fuel tank features a twin valley design, with a dynamic tension and presence all its own
    • Designed to be pleasing to both the eye and to the touch, the tank is composed exclusively of curves with constantly varying radii; the twin valley design theme continues to the rear fender and its hand-sculpted contours
    • Bottom of the rear fender features a relatively straight cut, to balance the lines of the motorcycle
  • Misc Custom Features
    • Clean headlight design is compact and isolated without a central fork cover or headlamp bar
    • Small, minimalist fender and lack of front fork covers also contribute to the slender appearance of the front end
    • Sporty, straight-style handlebar adds to the bike’s custom styling. Instead of handlebar clamps, twin tubes elegantly curve back from the upper triple clamp.
    • Both the handlebar and twin tubes are completely chromed
    • Forward-mounted footpegs instead of floorboards add to the custom image and improve rider control
    • Standard toe-operated shift lever instead of a heel-toe shifter complements the forward footpegs for a more open rider position
    • One-piece “gunfighter” style seat is designed for comfortable rider and passenger accommodation and a custom-style look
    • Matte black frame emphasizes the chrome finishing

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Pictures / Photo Gallery:

 

Technical Specs | 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic / LT / Custom Model Lineup

Technical Specifications for each 2018 Vulcan 900 model:

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 900 Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 900 Specifications
ENGINE  
Type Engine 4-stroke, 55° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled
Horsepower 50 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque 58.2 ft/lb TQ @ 3,500 RPM
Displacement 903cc/55.10 cu in
Valve Train SOHC; two-valve
Bore x Stroke 88.0mm x 74.2mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Induction / Fuel System DFI 34mm throttle bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Driveline Kevlar-reinforced belt
Transmission 5-speed with positive neutral finder
Clutch Automatic
SUSPENSION  
Front 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/5.9 in
Rear Uni-Trak swingarm, 7-way adjustable spring preload/4.1 in
Frame Type Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
BRAKES  
Front 300mm hydraulic disc
Rear 270mm hydraulic disc
TIRES  
Front 130/90×16
Rear 180/70×15
MEASUREMENTS  
Rake (castor angle) 33°
Trail 6.3 in.
Length 97.0 in.
Width 39.6 in.
Height 41.9 in.
Seat Height 26.8 in.
Ground Clearance  5.3 in.
Wheelbase 64.8 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Curb Weight* 619.6 lbs.
OTHER  
Colors Metallic Matte Graphite Gray / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty | Kawasaki Protection Plus Extended Warranty 12,24,36 or 48 month extensions available

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic LT 900 Specifications
ENGINE  
Type Engine 4-stroke, 55° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled
Horsepower 50 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque 58.2 ft/lb TQ @ 3,500 RPM
Displacement 903cc/55.10 cu in
Valve Train SOHC; two-valve
Bore x Stroke 88.0mm x 74.2mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Induction / Fuel System DFI 34mm throttle bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Driveline Kevlar-reinforced belt
Transmission 5-speed with positive neutral finder
Clutch Automatic
SUSPENSION  
Front 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/5.9 in
Rear Uni-Trak swingarm, 7-way adjustable spring preload/4.1 in
Frame Type Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
BRAKES  
Front 300mm hydraulic disc
Rear 270mm hydraulic disc
TIRES  
Front 130/90×16
Rear 180/70×15
MEASUREMENTS  
Rake (castor angle) 33°
Trail 6.3 in.
Length 97.0 in.
Width 39.6 in.
Height 58.3 in.
Seat Height 26.8 in.
Ground Clearance  5.3 in.
Wheelbase 64.8 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Curb Weight* 657.1 lbs.
OTHER  
Colors Candy Cardinal Red / Metallic Graystone
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty | Kawasaki Protection Plus Extended Warranty 12,24,36 or 48 month extensions available

 

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan Custom 900 Review / Specs | Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Price, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More!

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan Custom 900 Specifications
ENGINE  
Type Engine 4-stroke, 55° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled
Horsepower 50 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque 58.2 ft/lb TQ @ 3,500 RPM
Displacement 903cc/55.10 cu in
Valve Train SOHC; two-valve
Bore x Stroke 88.0mm x 74.2mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Induction / Fuel System DFI 34mm throttle bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Driveline Kevlar-reinforced belt
Transmission 5-speed with positive neutral finder
Clutch Automatic
SUSPENSION  
Front 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/5.9 in
Rear Uni-Trak swingarm, 7-way adjustable spring preload/4.1 in
Frame Type Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
BRAKES  
Front 300mm hydraulic disc
Rear 270mm hydraulic disc
TIRES  
Front 80/90×21
Rear 180/70×15
MEASUREMENTS  
Rake (castor angle) 33°
Trail 7.2 in.
Length 94.7 in.
Width 35.2 in.
Height 44.1 in.
Seat Height 27.0 in.
Ground Clearance  5.5 in.
Wheelbase 64.8 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Curb Weight* 610.8 lbs.
OTHER  
Colors Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty | Kawasaki Protection Plus Extended Warranty 12,24,36 or 48 month extensions available

* Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Model Lineup Review / Differences: Custom, Classic, LT Comparison | Motorcycle 900cc / Cruiser