Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Reviews

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired6200 miles
Most recent distance11600 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Shadow VLX

Summary:

Great mid-range cruiser providing handling, distance, and low maintenance riding for many many miles

Faults:

Minor oil weep from oil sensor grommet. Repaired under the extended warranty at no cost.

Nothing else has been needed.

General Comments:

Most reliable of the five bikes I have owned over the years.

Typically gets 55 MPG, handles very well, better with the Michelin Commander II tires than the originals.

Aftermarket Mustang seat is comfortable for many hours on the road.

With the big tank (5.3 gallons) you can go 230+ miles before a warning light.

Lots of aftermarket farkles available.

Great riding value for the money.

Low seat height, which makes it easy for shorter riders to put their feet on the ground.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2012

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic from United States of America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired600 miles
Most recent distance800 miles

Summary:

Best machine in middle weight cruiser class

Faults:

Typical Japanese motorcycle reliability I expect to experience.

General Comments:

Great middle weight cruiser in looks and ride. "V" 903cc fuel injected water cooled engine. The only dislike is that it has only five speeds. It would be great to have an extra gear above 70mph.

The auto neutral find at a stop makes stopping at lights less of a hassle.

The single rear shock can be adjusted.

Five gallon fuel tank makes filling up less frequent.

Belt drive is quiet.

Most of the outer chrome, and fenders are plastic, but are easy to keep clean.

Low seat height for men or women.

Has the largest rear tire in middle weight cruiser class.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2011

17th Apr 2011, 06:24

I know guys that are in a club with all Kawasaki Vulcan 750-800-900 bikes! These guys have been buying and owning and buying the same bikes again since the 1990's. They all agree Kawasaki ruined it when they replaced the 800 Vulcan with the 900 Vulcan, they say the 900 is not as good, as powerful, and Kawasaki cheapened it down with the 900.

14th May 2011, 23:18

The Vulcan 900 is the best looking intermediate cruiser in the road. I own one, and the water cooled engine makes it a pleasure to ride. Two down sides; lots of plastic chrome, and 70mph is the limit of the bike's comfort zone. The plastic is easy to clean, and doesn't affect the ride any.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews