Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 series was produced in the year of 1987–2008

Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic FI
Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic FI

The Vulcan 1500 Classic has a 1,470 cc (90 cu in) liquid-cooled SOHC 50° V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft. It has a 27.6-inch (700 mm) seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards.

The Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak had the same engine. The Vulcan 1500 Drifter ceased production in 2005. The Vulcan 88, with its 1464 cc liquid-cooled V-twin design was produced from 1987 through 1999.

A four speed transmission was blended with the, “large for its time motor” and offered consumers a big-bore metric cruiser that was comfortable and relatively light-weight at just over 600 lbs when “rider ready”. via wiki


Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic

Suggested base price: $10,799
Standard colors: Red/beige
Standard warranty: 12 mos., unlimited miles
Recommended service interval: 8000 miles


Type: Liquid-cooled 50-degree V-twin
Valve arrangement: SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement, bore x stroke: 1470cc, 102 x 90mm
Compression ratio: 9.0 :1
Carburetion: Digital Fuel Injection, two 36mm throats
Lubrication: Wet sump, 3.7 qt
Minimum fuel grade: 90 octane
Transmission: Wet clutch, 5 speeds
Final drive: Shaft, 2.619:1


Wet weight: 727 lb 55.4% rear wheel
GVWR: 1120 lb.
Overall length: 98.6 in.
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Rake/trail: 32 degrees / 6.4 in.
Wheels: Wire-spoke, 16.0 x 3.0 front, 16 x 3.5 rear
Front tire: 130/90-16 Bridgestone Exedra tube-type
Rear tire: 150/80-16 Bridgestone Exedra tube-type
Front brake: Single-action, dual-piston caliper, 11.8-in. disc
Rear brake: Single-action, dual-piston caliper, 10.6-in. disc
Front suspension: 41mm stanchions, 5.9 in. travel
Rear suspension: 2 dampers, 3.4 in.travel, adjustments for air pressure and rebound damping
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal
Seat height: 27.6 in.
Handlebar width: 33.6 in., 1.0 in. diameter


Charging output: 377 watts
Battery: 12v, 18AH
Forward lighting: 7.5-inch 55/60-watt headlight, position lights
Taillight: Single-bulb taillight, license light
Instruments: Speedometer, fuel gauge, LCD odometer/tripmeter/clock, warning lights for high beam, turn signals, neutral, oil pressure, low fuel


Fuel mileage: 39 to 49 mpg, 42.8 avg.
Average range: 210 miles
200 yard, top-gear acceleration from 50 mph, terminal speed: 71.0 mph
Quarter-mile acceleration: 14.07 sec., 92.6 mph

Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic FI Owner Manual

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