The 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic SE Special Edition Motorcycle

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic SE Special Edition motorcycle model Features

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The Vulcan 900 Classic’s 903cc engine provides excellent performance, while rider floorboards complete with a heel and toe shifter enhance rider comfort.

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Ultra-low 26.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily plant both feet on the ground at stops

The tank-mounted instrumentation includes a handy fuel gauge and an easy-to-read analog speedometer. And its 5.3-gallon fuel tank is the largest in its class.

The visual treats continue with curved cooling fins on the big, classic-looking V-twin, which bristles with modern touches inside including four-valve-per-cylinder performance and liquid-cooled reliability.

An engine counterbalancer works with the single-pin crankshaft to produce that distinctive guttural V-twin sound and feel, but without the annoying V-twin vibration.

Rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 keeps the overall weight down, improves rear-end styling and provides the rider with additional customizing opportunities.

Not to mention the largest rear tire in its class also contributes to the Vulcan 900’s big bike feel.

The Vulcan 900’s low seat height and tapered seat do not discriminate against shorter riders. Comfortable enough for any distance, the front bucket seat flows nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and the lower chassis rails provide a narrow shape for an abbreviated reach to the pavement – ideal for shorter riders.

Meanwhile, the rear pillion pad makes it painless to share the two-wheeled experience. Wide handlebars, seat and floorboard layout offers an ideal ergonomic relationship, making for a relaxing mount.

Some of the other features that make the Vulcan 900 appealing to such a wide audience are a fork offset and rake designed for light, effortless maneuvering at low, in-town speeds. The 900 Classic is equipped with an auto-fast idle system that uses an rpm feedback relay to help ensure a fixed engine speed in all starting conditions.

Its easy-to-control fuel injection makes ultra-low-speed riding surprisingly easy, and the abundant low-rpm torque provides thrilling roll-on acceleration. At home, around town or on the open road, this motorcycle is built for hour upon hour of riding pleasure.

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Chrome rims are supported by 48 spokes and polished alloy hubs.

Single 300mm drilled front disc delivers impressive stopping power without hiding the front wheel’s good looks.

Rear 300mm disc ensures maximum braking control.

Second only to that of the VN2000, the massive 180 mm rear tire gives the rear of the bike a powerful image. (At 180 mm, this tire is wider than most large-displacement cruiser rear tires, including all of Kawasaki’s 1600cc models!)

Bodywork/StylingThe VN900 shares many of the long-and-low styling cues from the stunning VN2000. Easy to ride and very rider-friendly, the VN900 offers the look, feel and craftsmanship found in bigger cruisers. Whether rolling down the street or parked in front of a café, this is one sharp-looking machine.

The fuel tank and fenders follow the same design theme: twin valleys running the length of the bike.

The wide fuel tank tapers at the rear, contributing to the VN900’s curvaceous theme. The fuel tank’s curves have constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamism that is both powerful and smooth. Its hand-sculpted contours are pleasing to both the eye and to the touch.

At the seat, the fender is as wide as that of the VN2000, but it like the fuel tank it tapers elegantly at the rear.

Key Features
– New for 2011, retro-inspired whitewall tires emphasize the traditional look
– New for 2011, bold “brushed metal” graphic flows from front fender to tank to rear fender
– 903cc liquid-cooled V-twin offers an optimal balance of performance and maneuverability
– Digital fuel injection for precise throttle response and improved fuel economy
– Rider floorboards with heel and toe shifter enhance rider comfort
– 5.3-gallon fuel tank is largest in class
– Stylish tank-mounted instrumentation includes fuel gauge
– Fat 180-series rear tire is largest in class
– Efficient and stylish belt drive runs cleaner and requires less maintenance than a chain

903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
– Tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm
– Smooth and reliable
– Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration

Four-valve Cylinder Head
– Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow, resulting in more power and more low-end torque
– Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight and practical
– Extremely efficient intake tracts feature ports that narrow near the combustion chamber to increase intake flow speed for more efficient filling and increased torque
– Long intake tracts for great low-end response

Liquid and Air Cooling
– Exceptional thermal control with finned cylinders and cylinder head, combined with liquid-cooling
– Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
– Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
– Includes temperature warning light

Dual Slash-Cut Mufflers
– Big slash-cut mufflers look great and contain honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions

Positive Neutral Finder
– Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to easily find neutral, every time

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Dual throttle bodies with sub-throttles provide optimum performance and rideability

Electronic Fuel Injection
– Dual throttle bodies with sub-throttles provide optimum performance and rideability
– The sub-throttles, located behind the main throttle valve, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI® system retains more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor
– Fine-atomizing injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption

Kevlar-Reinforced Belt Drive
– Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action
– More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel compared to shaft drive
– Cleaner and lower maintenance than chain drive

Double Cradle Frame
– Very rigid large-diameter box section backbone allows a larger fuel tank, and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds
– Triangular swingarm looks like a hardtail design, but acts on a single shock hidden beneath the seat
– Long and low for minimal seat height and maximum visual impact
– Fork offset and frame geometry combine for light, low-effort handling at ultra-low speeds
– Long wheelbase contributes to highway stability

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