2009 Kawasaki Vulcan® 900 Classic
KAWASAKI VULCAN® 900 CLASSIC: MIDDLEWEIGHT KNOCKOUT
Big V-twin power and style with rider-friendly handling and economy
Graceful flowing lines, clean looks and robust engine combine to give the Vulcan® 900 Classic an appeal that will charm a wide variety of riders, from new students of the motorcycling life, to experienced veterans seeking a practical and stylish cruiser. After all, what’s not to love about a motorcycle that offers the look and feel of a larger V-twin, minus the steep price and inseam-challenging height?
It’s a win-win for 900 Classic owners; they get a fuel-injected 903cc engine which delivers exceptional roll-on acceleration and a nimble chassis with classic cruiser style. 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 LED 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.
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 large capacity fuel tank, 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.
Four-valve Cylinder Head - Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow more power and low-end torque
Four-valve Cylinder Head - Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
Four-valve Cylinder Head - Extremely efficient intake tracts feature ports that narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling and increased torque
Four-valve Cylinder Head - Long intake tracts for great low-end response
Liquid and Air Cooling - Exceptional thermal control with finned cylinders and head and liquid cooling combination
Liquid and Air Cooling - Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
Liquid and Air Cooling - Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
Liquid and Air Cooling - Includes temperature warning light
Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner - Maintains precise valve timing with maintenance
Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner - Assures greater reliability
Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner - 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
Electronic Fuel Injection - 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
Electronic Fuel Injection - 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
Belt Drive - More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel
Belt Drive - Low maintenance and low noise
Double Cradle Frame - Very rigid large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds
Double Cradle Frame - Triangular swingarm looks like a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat
Double Cradle Frame - Long and low for minimal seat height, maximum visual impact
Double Cradle Frame - Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
Double Cradle Frame - 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
Low Stepped Seat - 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
Tank-Mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and Caution Lamps - Compact design complements the bike’s clean look
41mm Front Fork - Excellent rigidity and 5.9 inches of travel
41mm Front Fork - 32 degrees rake angle for excellent straight line ability
41mm Front Fork - 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
Custom Spoke Wheels - “Spool-style” polished aluminum front hub
Wide Rear Tire - 180mm rear tire provides added stability while projecting a powerful image
Wide Rear Tire - Wider tire than that found on most large-displacement cruisers903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
Wide Rear Tire - Tuned to deliver healthy dose of torque at low rpm
Wide Rear Tire - Smooth and reliable
Wide Rear Tire - Geardriven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan® 900 Classic
- Compression Ratio
- Fuel Injection
- EFI with dual 34mm Keihin Throttle Bodies
- Maximum Torque
- 58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
- Bore x Stroke
- 88 x 74.2 mm
- 903cc / 55.1 cu.in.
- 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, SOHC, 4-Valve Cylinder Head, V-Twin
- Fuel Capacity
- 5.3 gal.
- TCBI with Electronic Advance
- Final Drive
- Suspension Front
- 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork
- Suspension Rear
- Uni-Track® swingarm
- Tires Front
- Tires Rear
- Brake Rear
- 242mm hydraulic disc
- Brake Front
- 272mm hydraulic disc
- Wheel Travel, Rear
- 4.1 in.
- Wheel Travel, Front
- 5.9 in.
- Dry Weight
- 619.6 lbs.
- 41.9 in.
- 39.6 in.
- 97.0 in.
- Seat Height
- 26.8 in.
- 64.8 in.
- Rake (Caster Angle)
- 6.3 in.
- 12 Months
- Metallic Diablo Black; Candy Plasma Blue; Candy Diamond Red