Aug 14, 2018

The Vulcan. The Cruiser for those who know!



There are those who think that if you want to ride a Cruiser then you have to have a Harley. Then there are those who know the truth! The Vulcan gives you a great ride, looks great, is reliable, and gives you everything that a Harley cant.



DIMENSIONS Overall length 2405 mm / 95,7 in – VN900C Custom

2465 mm / 97,0 in – VN900B Classic, VN900D Classic LT

Overall width 894 mm / 35,2 in – VN900C Custom

1006 mm / 39,6 in – VN900B Classic, VN900D Classic LT

Overall height 1120 mm / 44,1 in – VN900C Custom

1064 mm / 41,9 in – VN900B Classic

1480 mm / 58,3 in – VN900D Classic LT

Seat height 685 mm / 27,0 in – VN900C Custom

680 mm / 26,8 in – VN900B Classic, VN900D Classic LT

Wheelbase 1646 mm / 64,8 in Ground clearance 140 mm / 5,5 in – VN900C Custom

135 mm / 5,3 in – VN900B Classic, VN900D Classic LT

Dry weight Curb (wet) weight 277 kg / 610,8 lbs – VN900C Custom

281 kg / 619,6 lbs – VN900B Classic

298 kg / 657,1 lbs – VN900D Classic LT

FRAME Type Double cradle, high-tensile steel

Front suspension, travel Telescopic fork 41 mm, 150 mm / 5,9 in Rear suspension, travel Swingarm Uni-trak with mono-shock, 104 mm / 4,1 in

Adjustment: spring pre-load, 7-way

Front tire size 80/90-21M/C 48H – VN900C Custom

130/90-16M/C 67H – VN900B Classic, VN900D Classic LT

Rear tire size 180/70-15M/C 76H Front brake Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper Rear brake Single disc, 270 mm, 2-piston caliper

Fuel capacity 20,0 l / 5,3 US gal Trail 183 mm / 7,2 in – VN900C Custom

160 mm / 6,3 in – VN900B Classic, VN900D Classic LT

Fuel economy 4,1 l / 100 km

ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, V-twin Bore & Stroke 88,0 x 74,2 mm Displacement 903 cm³ (55,1 cu in) Compression ratio 9.5:1 Valve train Chain driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Max. power 50,0 hp (37 kW) / 5700 rpm – VN900 (2006-2012)

48,0 hp (35 kW) / 5700 rpm – VN900 (2013+)

Max. torque 82 Nm (8,4 kgf*m) / 3700 rpm – VN900 (2006-2012)

78 Nm (8,0 kgf*m) / 3700 rpm – VN900 (2013+)

0 to 100 km/h 5,92 sec

Top speed 169 km/h (105 mph) CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Injection, 2x 34 mm ID DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate Transmission 5-speed Final drive Belt Primary reduction 2.184 Final reduction 2.063 Gear ratio












ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistorized Alternator Three-phase AC, 32A at 5000 rpm Battery capacity 12V-10Ah


These are the numbers for the early Vulcan 900 but they have not changed much.


Vulcans are not my particular cup of tea but I can certainly see the appeal. Not everyone wants to travel on a missile.





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