Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 VN Classic Review from United States of America

1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 VN Classic

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance16500 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha Royal Star


Unreal time machine


Engine would bog on acceleration. Kawasaki fixed the head for free through the dealer.

General Comments:

I bought this bike in boxes, lots of boxes, put it together and it ran funny on acceleration. Kawasaki fixed it for free even 16 years later. I opened up the air/pipes and this thing rocks! Now with hard bags and a windshield, I can go anywhere.

This thing has major acceleration, only four gears, but you can hit gear 4 at twenty and roll on baby...

Most comfortable seat ever, have had Corbins on the Harley and Royal Star. Still the stocker beats em all.

If you stay off the throttle and cruise at a steady 70, it gets better than 40 MPG... more if slower. Kawasaki got it right on this one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2013

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review