Kawasaki Vulcan 750

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Kawasaki Vulcan VN750
ManufacturerKawasaki
Also calledVulcan 750
PredecessorKawasaki Vulcan 700
ClassCruiser
Engine749 cc (45.7 cu in) liquid-cooled Four-stroke, DOHC, 8-valve V-Twin[1]
Bore / stroke84.9 mm × 66.2 mm (3.34 in × 2.61 in)
Compression ratio10.3:1
Top speed110 mph (180 km/h)[2]
Power66 hp (49 kW)[2]
Torque47 lb⋅ft (64 N⋅m)[2]
Ignition typeElectronic
Transmission5-speed, shaft drive
Frame typeTubular steel double cradle
SuspensionFront: 38 mm fork; 5.9 in (150 mm) travel
Rear: DAir-assisted dual shocks with 4-way rebound damping; 3.5-inch travel
BrakesFront: dual-disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: Drum
TiresFront: 100/90x19 tubeless
Rear: 150/90x15 tubeless
Rake, trail32°, 5 in (130 mm)
Wheelbase62.2 in (1,580 mm)
Seat height28.9 in (730 mm)
Weight483 lb (219 kg) (dry)
Fuel capacity3.6 US gal (14 l; 3.0 imp gal)
Fuel consumption50 mpg‑US (4.7 L/100 km; 60 mpg‑imp)
RelatedKawasaki Vulcan

The VN750, also known as the Vulcan 750, is a 750 cc class cruiser-style motorcycle made by Kawasaki from 1985 to 2006. The Vulcan 750 was Kawasaki's first cruiser and first V-twin engine, introduced in late 1984 as the 1985 model.[3]

Production history[edit]

Kawasaki introduced the 750 cc class Vulcan worldwide in 1985. Due to tariff restrictions in the United States on bikes over 700 cc imported from Japan, the initial US spec model was limited to 699 cc and called the Kawasaki Vulcan 700. The tariff was lifted in 1986, and all bikes from then until the production run ended in 2006 were 749 cc. The US name was changed to Vulcan 750 to reflect this.[4]

Overview[edit]

The VN750 remained largely unchanged throughout its 22-year production run with only minor adjustments to the components and varying paint schemes. The VN750 was unique in its class by featuring a more reliable shaft drive usually found on larger cruisers.[1] The bike also featured a liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin engine producing 66 horsepower and a flat 47 ft-lbs of torque throughout most of the rpm range, although the engine was underrated and commonly produced 8-10% more than the advertised power in dynomometer testing[citation needed]. The bike was configured to support an upright riding position with a king/queen seat and a factory installed sissy bar. The VN750 also featured adjustable air shocks front and rear, with Showa 4-way valving on the rear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Demortier, Cyril (1 February 2006). "2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750". Topspeed.com. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Reliable Used Motorcycle Buyer's Guide - Kawasaki". totalmotorcycle.com. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Vulcan 700 (archived)". Cycle World. 1 January 1985. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  4. ^ Breyn, Evan (16 August 2009). "VN750 History". breyn.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.