Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan (500 LTD): review, history, specs


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Class: cruiser

Production: 1990-2009

Also called: Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD, EN500A, EN500C

Predecessor: Kawasaki EN450 (Vulcan 454 LTD)

Successor: Kawasaki EN650 (Vulcan S)

Related: Kawasaki GPZ500 (EX500)

Models
Kawasaki EN500A Vulcan

1990-1995

(Europe, North America)

Kawasaki EN500C Vulcan (500 LTD)

1996-2009

(Europe, North America)

Kawasaki EN500A Vulcan (1990-1995)
Kawasaki EN500C Vulcan (500 LTD) (1996-2009)

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1990 Europe, USA Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Code: EN500-A1

1991 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Code: EN500-A2

1992 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Code: EN500-A3

1993 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Code: EN500-A4

1994 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Code: EN500-A5 (North America)

EN500-B1 (Austria)

1995 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Code: EN500-A6 (North America)

EN500-B2 (Austria)

1996 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)

Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-A7 (Vulcan 500)

EN500-C1 (Vulcan 500 LTD)

1997 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C2

1998 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C3

1999 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C4

2000 Israel, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C5

2001 Israel, North America, Europe Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C6

2002 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C7

2003 All, North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C8

2004 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C9

2005 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C10

2006 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C6F

2007 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C7F

2008 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C8F

2009 North America Name: Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Code: EN500-C9F

Specifications

Kawasaki EN500 (Vulcan 500 LTD): specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2290 mm / 90,1 in – EN500A (Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands)

2265 mm / 89,2 in – EN500A (other countries)

2320 mm / 91,3 in – EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Overall width 840 mm / 33,1 in – EN500A

830 mm / 32,7 in – EN500C

Overall height 1230 mm / 48,4 in – EN500A

1125 mm / 44,3 in – EN500C

Seat height 730 mm / 28,7 in – EN500A

715mm / 28,1 in – EN500C

Wheelbase 1555 mm / 61,2 in – EN500A

1595 mm / 62,8 in – EN500C

Ground clearance 130 mm / 5,12 in - EN500A

120 mm / 4,9 in - EN500C

Dry weight 186 kg / 409 lbs – EN500A

186,5 kg / 410 lbs – EN500A (California)

199 kg / 438 lbs – EN500C

199,5 kg / 440 lbs – EN500C (California)

Curb (wet) weight 199 kg / 438 lbs – EN500A

199,5 kg / 440 lbs – EN500A (California)

214 kg / 472 lbs – EN500C

214,5 kg /473 lbs – EN500C (California)

FRAME Type Tubular, double cradle (steel)
Front suspension, travel 36 mm telescopic fork, 150 mm / 5,9 in
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with twin-shock, 100 mm / 3,9 in
Front tire size 100/90-19 57S
Rear tire size 140/90-15 70S
Front brake Single disc, 300 mm, 1-piston caliper
Rear brake Drum, 180 mm
Fuel capacity 11,0 l / 2,9 US gal – EN500A

15,0 l / 3,9 US gal – EN500C

Trail 142 mm / 5,59 in – EN500A

151 mm / 5,9 in – EN500C

Fuel economy 4,7 l / 100 km (58,8 mpg)
ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, inline
Bore & Stroke 74,0 x 58,0 mm
Displacement 498 cm³ (30,4 cu in)
Compression ratio 10.7:1 – EN500A

10.2:1 – EN500C

Valve train Chain driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 60 hp (44,1 kW) / 9800 rpm – EN500A

46 hp (34 kW) / 8000 rpm - EN500C (All)

45 hp (33 kW) / 8000 rpm – EN500C (France)

34 hp (25 kW) / 7000 rpm – EN500C (Germany, Switzerland)

Max. torque 46 Nm (4,7 kgf*m) / 8000 rpm – EN500A

45 Nm (4,6 kgf*m) / 6000 rpm – EN500C (All)

39 Nm (4,0 kgf*m) / 4200 rpm – EN500C (Germany, Switzerland)

0 to 100 km/h 6,7 sec – EN500C
Top speed 172 km/h – EN500A

160 km/h – EN500C

CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34 – EN500A

Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK32 – EN500C

ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive Belt – EN500A

Chain – EN500A

Primary reduction 2.952
Final reduction 2.720 – EN500A

2.625 – EN500C

Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V

VI


2.571

1.777 – EN500A, 1.722 – EN500C

1.380 – EN500A, 1.333 – EN500C

1.125

0.961

0.851

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistor
Alternator Three-phase AC, 17A at 6000 rpm
Battery capacity 12V-12AH

Images

Kawasaki EN500 (Vulcan 500 LTD): images, gallery.

Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)
Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)
Kawasaki EN500A (Vulcan 500)
Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)
Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)
Kawasaki EN500C (Vulcan 500 LTD)

Videos

Kawasaki EN500 (Vulcan 500 LTD): video.

Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan walk around
1997 Kawasaki EN 500 C Vulcan

Manuals

Kawasaki EN500 (Vulcan 500 LTD): manuals, parts, microfiches.