I also wish that Kawasaki still made the 1985 454 LTD.. It came with just the right amount of chrome and a very nice trim package..
The 500cc model they would like to replace it does not have a bit of class to it that the 454 had, or should I say still does.. I take my 1985 454 and park it next to a 2009 Vulcan 500, and you just stand there and wonder why, if they wanted to do some additions to the motor internally to make it a bit bigger, did they not keep the style of the 454 line.. Tear drop fuel tank is in my opinion just fricken awesome. My model has the (FACTORY FLAMES) on the sides of the fuel tank..
I grew up in the 70's and 80's as a young cycle rider.. I think that the other people in this forum would agree. We grew up in the perfect time to get into the sport of riding bikes. Less laws that have crept in on our FREEDOMS as riders. Remember people, as AMERICANS we had the right to make choices.. Still loving my KAWASAKI 454 1985.
I am considering buying one. It is in great shape and comes with a parts bike. Think I can get both for about $1000 or a little under (will try). It is by far the best looking bike in my price range I have seen since I decided to start looking.
Will be my first bike; my only fear is I'm about 6 foot, close to 300 pounds, and I'm scared the bike is too little, even though it doesn't look like it would be a 454.