Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE Reviews

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE from Canada

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

Summary:

This is the best cruiser I have ever owned

Faults:

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

2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500SE from United States of America

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 from United States of America

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.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews