With the sleek lines of a low “stretched” chassis and muscled-out V-twin engine, the Kawasaki Vulcan® 1600 Classic cruiser makes weekend rides into the countryside too inviting to resist.
The temptation begins with a liquid-cooled 1,552cc V-twin engine tuned for low- and mid-range power. V-twin its large 1,552cc engine. Each of the big cylinders features a single overhead cam actuating four valves, and hydraulic lash adjusters automatically maintain valve clearance for smooth engine performance, reduced valve clatter and no maintenance. Plus, automatic chain tensioners keep cam timing accurate and provide greater reliability.
A digital fuel injection system with 36mm throttle bodies feeds the engine to deliver responsive power at all engine speeds and helps reduce exhaust emissions.
The Vulcan 1600 Classic’s hydraulically actuated clutch provides smooth, progressive torque to the five-speed transmission and quiet shaft drive for great around-town acceleration and relaxed highway cruising.
Checking the engine's oil level and performing regularly scheduled maintenance requires minimal effort due to the simple, yet sleek design of the right-side crankcase and clutch cover. A gear-driven counter balancer and rubber engine mounts reduce handlebar and floorboard vibration for smoother acceleration. Dual alternators provides enough output to power electrical accessories.
To match the 1600 Classic’s sleek lines, the chamberless dual mufflers are slash-cut for major style points and also feature catalyzers to meet emissions regulations.
The chassis features a single backbone frame, which utilizes two 40 x 40mm square cross-section tubes. This design permits the use of a larger fuel tank and a detachable right-side downtube allows the engine to be removed more easily.
A large, 43mm telescopic fork provides rigidity for superb steering feel and excellent ride quality, while dual rear shocks deliver exceptional comfort for long days in the saddle. Dish-case wheels allow the use of large tires and wide fenders to give the 1600 Classic its tough look. The front wheel also features a large diameter 300mm dual disc brakes and, combined with a single 300mm disc brake on the rear, delivers impressive stopping power.
The design details that make the 1600 Classic a one-of-a-kind American classic include a stainless steel handlebar, stepped seat, side covers that proudly display the Kawasaki logo and a multi-reflector headlight. Features of the integrated instrument cluster include an LCD screen, tank-mounted ignition switch, fuel-injection warning lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, tripmeter and clock. Fold-up floorboards look great and improve rider comfort.