Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE Review from Canada

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZ1


This is the best cruiser I have ever owned


Not one single thing. :)

General Comments:

I have owned over 35 + motorcycles over the years. From dirt bikes to sport bikes to cruisers. I've learned a lot from every one. This one in particular is especially sweet. Where do I start?

It does everything you want it to do. This is a big heavy cruiser, but it doesn't ride that way. It handles well, brakes well, plenty of balls to pass. The seat is extremely soft, yet supports well on long trips.

It is fuel injected. I get 250 km to 15 liters of fuel in the city on average, and 380 km to the same amount of fuel on the highway. It is super low maintenance. Oil changes and basic stuff at 5000 km interval. Hydraulic lifters, so no valve adjustments. Shaft drive.

This is an overall excellent machine that continues to give typical Kawasaki reliability.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2011

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review