Kawasaki VN800 (Vulcan): review, history, specs


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Class: cruiser

Production: 1995-2006

Predecessor: Kawasaki VN750 (Vulcan)

Successor: Kawasaki VN900 (Vulcan)

Models
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (VN800A)

1995-2005

(Europe, North America, Japan)

Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic (VN800B)

1996-2006

(Europe, North America, Japan)

Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter (VN800C/E)

1999-2006

(Europe, North America, Japan)

Kawasaki Vulcan 800
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1995 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800

Code: VN800-A1

1996 Europe, North America, Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic

Code: VN800-A2, VN800-B1

1997 Europe, North America, Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic

Code: VN800-A3, VN800-B2

1998 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic

Code: VN800-A4, VN800-B3

1999 Europe, North America, Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A5, VN800-B4, VN800-C1

2000 Europe, North America, Japan Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A6, VN800-B5, VN800-C2

2001 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A7, VN800-B6, VN800-E1

2002 Europe, North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A8, VN800-B7, VN800-E2

2003 North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A9, VN800-B8, VN800-E3

2004 North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A10, VN800-B9, VN800-E4

2005 North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-A11, VN800-B10, VN800-E5

2006 North America Name: Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic, Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Code: VN800-B6F, VN800-E6F

Specifications

Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan: specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2360 mm / 92,9 in – VN800A

2375 mm / 93,5 in – VN800B

2490 mm / 98,0 in – VN800C/E

Overall width 825 mm / 32,5 in – VN800A

930 mm / 36,6 in – VN800B

1005 mm / 39,6 in – VN800C/E

Overall height 1170 mm / 46,1 in – VN800A

1130 mm / 44,5 in – VN800B

1125 mm / 44,3 in – VN800C/E

Seat height 710 mm / 28,0 in – VN800A

700 mm / 27,5 in – VN800B

760 mm / 30,0 in – VN800C/E

Wheelbase 1625 mm / 64,0 in – VN800A

1600 mm / 63,0 in – VN800B

1615 mm / 63,6 in – VN800C/E

Ground clearance 160 mm / 6,3 in – VN800A

150 mm / 5,9 in - VN800C/E

135 mm / 5,3 in – VN800B

Dry weight 225 kg / 496 lbs – VN800A

234 kg / 516 lbs – VN800B

248 kg / 547 lbs – VN800C/E

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 – VN800A

130/90-16 67H – VN800B, – VN800C/E

Rear tire size 140/90-16 71H
Front brake Single disc, 300 mm, 1-piston caliper – VN800A

Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper – VN800B

Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper – VN800C/E

Rear brake Drum, 180 mm – VN800A / B

Single disc, 270 mm, 2-piston caliper – VN800C/E

Fuel capacity 15,0 l / 4,0 US gal (incl. 3,0 l reserve)
Trail 149 mm / 5,87 in – VN800A

123 mm / 4,80 in – VN800B

158 mm / 7,0 in – VN800C/E

Fuel economy 4,60-9,80 l / 100 km
ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, V-twin
Bore & Stroke 88,0 x 66,2 mm
Displacement 805 cm³ (49,12 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve train Chain driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 60,0 hp (44,1 kW) / 7500 rpm – VN800 (Canada)

58,0 hp (42,7 kW) / 7500 rpm – VN800 (Japan)

55,0 hp (40,5 kW) / 7000 rpm – VN800 (USA)

53,0 hp (39,3 kW) / 7000 rpm – VN800 (France)

Max. torque 64,7 Nm (6,6 kgf*m) / 3500 rpm – VN800 (Canada)

62,8 Nm (6,4 kgf*m) / 3500 rpm – VN800 (Japan)

64,0 Nm (6,5 kgf*m) / 3300 rpm – VN800 (USA)

0 to 100 km/h 5,8 sec
Top speed 173 km/h (107,5 mph)
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 1x Keihin CVK36
ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.184
Final reduction 2.875 – VN800 (1995-1996)

2.470 – VN800 (1997-2006)

2.352 – VN800C/E

Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


2.250 – VN800 (1995-1996), 2.533 (1997-2006)

1.600 – VN800 (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 VN800 Vulcan: images, gallery.

Kawasaki Vulcan 800
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Videos

Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan: video.

2004 KAWASAKI VN800 VULCAN 800 DRIFTER
2001 KAWASAKI VN800 VULCAN 800
2005 KAWASAKI VN800 VULCAN 800 CLASSIC

Manuals

Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan: manuals, parts, microfiches.