Kawasaki VN1600 Vulcan (Classic, Tourer, Nomad, Mean Streak): review, history, specs


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Class: cruiser

Production: 2003-2008

Also called: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600

Predecessor: Kawasaki VN1500 Vulcan

Successor: Kawasaki VN1700 Vulcan

Models
Kawasaki VN1600A / VN1600E Vulcan Classic

2003-2008

(North America and other)

Kawasaki VN1600D / VN1600G Vulcan Nomad / Classic Tourer

2005-2008

(North America and other)

Kawasaki VN1600B / VN1600F Vulcan Mean Streak

2004-2008

(North America and other)

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
2003 North America and other Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic

Code: VN1600-A1, VN1600-A1H

2004 North America and other Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Code: VN1600-A2, VN1600-A2H; VN1600-B1, VN1600-B1H

2005 North America and other Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad / Classic Tourer

Code: VN1600-A3, VN1600-A3H; VN1600-B2, VN1600-B2H; VN1600-D1, VN1600-D1H

2006 North America and other Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad / Classic Tourer

Code: VN1600-A6F, VN1600-E6F; VN1600-B6F, VN1600-F6F; VN1600-D6F, VN1600-G6F

2007 North America and other Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad / Classic Tourer

Code: VN1600-A7F, VN1600-A7FA; VN1600-B7F, VN1600-B7FA; VN1600-D7F, VN1600-D7FA

2008 North America and other Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak; Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad / Classic Tourer

Code: VN1600-A8F, VN1600-A8FA; VN1600-B8F, VN1600-B8FA; VN1600-D8F, VN1600-D8FA

Specifications

Kawasaki VN1600 Vulcan: specs

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2505 mm / 98,6 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic

2410 mm / 94,9 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

2515 mm / 99,0 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Overall width 1040 mm / 40,9 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

850 mm / 33,5 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Overall height 1130 mm / 44,5 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic

1100 mm / 43,3 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

1460 mm / 57,5 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Seat height 680 mm / 26,8 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic

700 mm / 27,6 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

720 mm / 28,3 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Wheelbase 1680 mm / 66,1 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic

1705 mm / 67,1 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

1690 mm / 66,5 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Ground clearance 130 mm / 5,12 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic

125 mm / 4,92 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

150 mm / 5,91 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Dry weight 306 kg / 675 lbs – Vulcan 1600 Classic

290 kg / 639 lbs – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

350 kg / 772 lbs – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Curb (wet) weight 337 kg / 743 lbs – Vulcan 1600 Classic

317 kg / 699 lbs – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

377 kg / 831 lbs – Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

FRAME Type Tubular, double cradle
Front suspension, travel Telescopic fork 41 mm, 150 mm / 5,9 in - Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Inverted telescopic fork 43 mm, 150 mm / 5,9 in – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with twin-shock, 95 mm / 3,7 in - Vulcan 1600 Classic

Swingarm with twin-shock, 87 mm / 3,4 in - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Swingarm with twin-shock, 99 mm / 3,9 in - Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Adjustable: spring pre-load

Front tire size 130/90-16 M/C 67H - Vulcan 1600 Classic

130/70-R17 M/C 62H - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

150/80-16 M/C 71H - Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Rear tire size 170/70-B16 M/C 75H - Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

170/60-R17 M/C 72H - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Front brake Double disc, 300 mm, 2-piston calipers - Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Double disc, 320 mm, 6-piston calipers – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak (2003-2004)

Double disc, 320 mm, 4-piston radial calipers – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak (2005-2008)

Rear brake Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper
Fuel capacity 20,0 l / 5,3 US gal – Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

17,0 l / 4,49 US gal – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Trail 168 mm / 6,61 in – Vulcan 1600 Classic

184 mm / 7,24 in - Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

144 mm / 5,67 in - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Fuel economy 6,08 l / 100 km (38,7 mpg) - Vulcan 1600 Classic

6,80 l / 100 km (34,6 mpg) - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, V-twin
Bore & Stroke 102,0 x 95,0 mm
Displacement 1552 cm³ (94,7 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Valve train Chain driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 67,0 hp (49 kW) / 4700 rpm - Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

74,0 hp (54 kW) / 5300 rpm - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Max. torque 127,0 Nm (12,9 kgf*m) / 2700 rpm – Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

125,0 Nm (12,7 kgf*m) / 2800 rpm – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

0 to 100 km/h 5,29 sec – Vulcan 1600 Classic

5,04 sec – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Top speed 177 km/h (110 mph) - Vulcan 1600 Classic

193 km/h (120 mph) – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

CARBURETION SYSTEM Type DFI (Digital Fuel Injection), 2x 36 mm – Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

DFI (Digital Fuel Injection), 2x 40 mm - Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive Shaft
Primary reduction 1.517
Final reduction 2.619
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


2.500

1.590, 1.750 (Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak – North America)

1.192, 1.333 (Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak – North America)

0.965, 1.074 (Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak – North America)

0.781, 0.867 (Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak – North America)

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistorized
Alternator Three-phase AC, twin rotor, 42A 14V at 6000 rpm - Vulcan 1600 Classic, Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad

Three-phase AC, 23A 14V at 6000 rpm – Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Battery capacity 12V-18Ah

Images

Kawasaki VN1600 Vulcan: images, gallery.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic Tourer / Nomad
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak

Videos

Kawasaki VN1600 Vulcan: video.

2007 KAWASAKI VN1600 VULCAN 1600 CLASSIC
2007 KAWASAKI VN1600 VULCAN 1600 NOMAD
2006 KAWASAKI VN1600 VULCAN 1600 MEAN STREAK

Manuals

Kawasaki VN1600 Vulcan: manuals, parts, microfiches.