Kawasaki VN800E Drifter Review from United States of America

2005 Kawasaki VN800E Drifter

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired785 miles
Most recent distance1038 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XVA1100 V-Star Classic


Classic looks & lines with Kawasaki reliability


Found this super low mile example last week, & just breaking her in, she rolled over 1,000 miles today at lunch!

Nothing for concern, other than a cold starting issue where I learned I need to use choke & allow warmup time.

General Comments:

Very smooth & comfortable ride.

Adequate (but not exhilarating) performance, though performance is not what I bought it for anyways

Show stopper looks in my opinion (but that's why I bought it).

Not the high speed beast my Yamaha XVA1100 is, but it lacks a windscreen so it's hard to press it hard without being blown to shreds.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2013

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review