Kawasaki VN400 (Vulcan): review, history, specs


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Class: cruiser

Production: 1995-2003

Predecessor: Kawasaki EN400 Vulcan

Related: Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan

Models
Kawasaki VN400A/B Vulcan

1995-1998

(Japan)

Kawasaki VN400C Vulcan (Classic)

1996-2003

(Japan)

Kawasaki VN400D Vulcan (Drifter)

1999-2002

(Japan)

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (Vulcan II)
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine Colors
1995 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (Vulcan II)

Code: VN400-A1, VN400-B1

Kawasaki Vulcan 400
Kawasaki Vulcan 400
1996 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (Vulcan II), Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic

Code: VN400-A2, VN400-B2, VN400-C1

Kawasaki Vulcan 400
Kawasaki Vulcan 400
Kawasaki Vulcan 400
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
1997 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (Vulcan II), Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic

Code: VN400-A3, VN400-C2

Kawasaki Vulcan 400
Kawasaki Vulcan 400
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
1998 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (Vulcan II)

Code: VN400-A4, VN400-B4

Kawasaki Vulcan 400
1999 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter

Code: VN400-C4, VN400-D1

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter
2000 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter

Code: VN400-C5, VN400-D2

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter
2001 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter

Code: VN400-C6, VN400-D3

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter
2002 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter

Code: VN400-C7, VN400-D4

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter
2003 Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic

Code: VN400-C8

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic

Specifications

Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan: specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2360 mm / 92,9 in – VN400A/B

2375 mm / 93,5 in – VN400C

2490 mm / 98,0 in – VN400D

Overall width 825 mm / 32,5 in – VN400A/B

930 mm / 36,6 in – VN400C

1005 mm / 39,6 in – VN400D

Overall height 1170 mm / 46,1 in – VN400A/B

1130 mm / 44,5 in – VN400C

1125 mm / 44,3 in – VN400D

Seat height 710 mm / 28,0 in – VN400A/B

700 mm / 27,5 in – VN400C

760 mm / 30,0 in – VN400D

Wheelbase 1625 mm / 64,0 in – VN400A/B

1600 mm / 63,0 in – VN400C

1615 mm / 63,6 in – VN400D

Ground clearance 160 mm / 6,3 in – VN400A/B

150 mm / 5,9 in - VN400D

135 mm / 5,3 in – VN400C

Dry weight 225 kg / 496 lbs – VN400A/B

234 kg / 516 lbs – VN400C

248 kg / 547 lbs – VN400D

Curb (wet) weight
FRAME Type Tubular double cradle (steel)
Front suspension, travel Telescopic fork 41 mm, 150 mm / 5,9 in
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm Unitrak with mono-shock, 100 mm / 3,9 in

Adjustment: spring pre-load

Front tire size 80/90-21 48H – VN400A/B

130/90-16 67H – VN400C, VN400D

Rear tire size 140/90-16 71H
Front brake Single disc, 300 mm, 1-piston caliper – VN400A/B

Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper – VN400C

Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper – VN400D

Rear brake Drum, 180 mm – VN400A / B / C

Single disc, 270 mm, 2-piston caliper – VN400D

Fuel capacity 15,0 l / 4,0 US gal (incl. 3 l reserve) – VN400A/B

14,0 l / 3,7 US gal – VN400C, VN400D

Trail 149 mm / 5,87 in – VN400A/B

123 mm / 4,80 in – VN400C

158 mm / 7,0 in – VN400D

Fuel economy 3,50-4,00 l / 100 km
ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, V-twin
Bore & Stroke 62,0 x 66,2 mm
Displacement 399 cm³ (24,34 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Valve train Chain driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 33,0 hp (24 kW) / 8500 rpm
Max. torque 32,0 Nm (3,3 kgf*m) / 4500 rpm
0 to 100 km/h
Top speed 140 km/h (87 mph)
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 1x Keihin CVK32
ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.184
Final reduction 3.444
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


2.250 – VN400 (1995-1996), 2.533 (1997-2006)

1.600 – VN400 (1995-1996), 1.650 (1997-2006)

1.230

1.000

0.857

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistorized
Alternator Three-phase AC, 23.5A (329W) at 8000 rpm
Battery capacity 12V-12Ah

Images

Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan: images, gallery.

Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (VN400A/B)
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic (VN400C)
Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter (VN400D)

Videos

Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan: video.

2004 KAWASAKI VN400 VULCAN 400 (Vulcan II)
2001 KAWASAKI VN400 VULCAN 400 Classic
2005 KAWASAKI VN400 VULCAN 400 Drifter

Manuals

Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan: manuals, parts, microfiches.