Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE Reviews from United States of America

2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VTX750

Summary:

Good bike and reliable

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great bike, the only one complaint I have is that it was too top heavy. With a medium weight passenger and full gas tank, the bike is a little hard to keep balanced at a stop. After riding in the Florida hot sun for several hours, you get tired, and if your passenger moves off center, it is very hard to hold 1200 pounds up on center.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2007

1988 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF750C Magna

Summary:

Jeepers! What a bu bu bu bike!!

Faults:

The front shocks are weak, resulting in frequent re-springing, oil leaks around the boots and occasional bottoming out, resulting in a dent in fender.

Always leave gas in tank over the winter using the gas additive that you buy at Schucks or the same stuff that keeps lawnmowers fresh all winter. Just mix it in the tank, fill it, clear up and put the cap on. Now ride it for 10 minutes so this solution gets into the carbs. It's now ready to sit for the winter.

At 38k, the engine has serious leakage around the rear engine seal and other areas. I don't recommend changing these, just to keep the oil off the garage floor, but it is annoying at such few miles.

General Comments:

This motorcycle has a little, tiny windshield, but has been ridden from Idaho to Canada, and from Idaho to AZ several times, with joy!

Zero to 60 mph about as fast as any crotch rocket I've ever raced. Enough low end torque to pull up the pavement beneath it. High end isn't comparable with the CRX's and Ninja's, but you can romp on it at 70 mph to pass a car and literally blow by him like he's standing still.

I'm amazed at this bike. Recently pulled up next to a HD 1100. This big fat chump started dissing my bike for not being "American." I then pointed out his Mikuni carbs and Yoshi pipes and blah blah. He said, "what's the difference then?" I responded, "well, I don't have to rebuild mine every spring!" That annoyed him and he started to chase me. It took me about 6 sec. to lose sight of him in my rearview mirror. WOW what a bike!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

22nd Jan 2008, 00:43

LOL!!! Love what you said to that HD chump. I have a 1500 Mean Streak, and just love the power on it... leave HD's in the dust all the time! Kawasaki makes a great bike!

22nd Jan 2010, 15:16

Purchased my 91 Vulcan 1500 with 45000 miles (54000 miles now). It had been well maintained, and I've enjoyed it immensely. It has a very

plush seat, adequate handling (it's a cruiser, not a sport bike), and enough torque to start a towing service.

Paint and chrome on this 19-year-old machine are sparkling. The exhaust baffles are worn, so it's a bit louder than stock, but sill very civilized.

It's very heavy, and handling at under 5MPH takes some real attention and some practice. I've owned many motorcycles of all types, and this one is a definite keeper.

1988 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance22500 miles
Previous motorcycleNorton Commando

Summary:

Tons of iron for the money

Faults:

Nothing; the previous owner was a shade-tree mechanic and had bought it as a basket case. He fixed everything and rode it for a year or so, and then bought another bike and sold this one.

General Comments:

This is one of the best bikes and deals I've ever gotten. I only paid $1100 for the bike and it looks and runs great. Of course, it has a few scratches and blemishes, and the tank and fenders are only primered, but after I detailed the bike, it was really nice.

I've had four Harley's and this Vulcan 1500SE looks, sounds and runs as good as any Harley I've had at 1/10th of the price. Also, of course, it doesn't have the "mystique" of a real Harley, but fortunately I've outgrown the need.

I regard this bike a a "throw-away" bike as it was so cheap (relatively). I didn't have the money or desire for a Harley and I was actually looking for an older inexpensive BMW. However, in my price range (under $3K) all I found were old high mileage rust-buckets. I ran across this Vulcan on craigslist.com and gladly bought it.

I found that there are a lot of decent rice-burners out there if you don't need the status of a Harley or BMW. And the prices on Japanese bikes are really comparatively low.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st January, 2005

17th Feb 2005, 10:40

Just bought an 04 1500 Classic. Good price, comparable to a Fat Boy for 7800.00, saved around 12-13000. Not bad eh?

I don't need or want a Harley. I've got my Metric Twin and Harley can't put my money in their pocket to weather a slowdown in the market, and take advantage of those who want rumble.

As good as American, but without the American profit margin. I'll give a guy some profit, but not a killing.

The bike is great - rides great, great power and is as much a classic as a Harley. You can look down your nose Harley riders, but it is a pretty expensive look eh? Nothing wrong with Metrics.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews