Church of MO: 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500

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By John Burns

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Later Vulcan V-twins would grow to 125 cubic inches (2053 cc) before dying off from their own voraciousness, but in 1995, the Kawasaki Vulcan 88 (four years before the H-D Twin Cam 88) was just right. A reading from the book of Tom Fortune, who wrote well if not long. Amen.

Zero to 100 – In Top Gear!

Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1500 is a study in excess. Excessive torque, that is. But then, Kawasaki has never been one to be out-done in the power department. Remember the 750-H2 triple? The original Z-1? How about the Ninja 900 or the ZX-10 and ZX-11? Memorable bikes, all of them. Kawasaki’s largest entry in the cruiser class has got to be considered among them. It is, after all, the reigning King of Torque.At 1,470cc (88 cubic inches) the Vulcan 88 is the largest production V-twin cruiser on the market today. It’s probably the longest, too. At 557 pounds dry with a 63.2 inch wheelbase, the big Kawasaki is the stretch limo of cruisers! Fortunately, it’s as comfy as one.

The huge seat is well contoured and pillowy soft, while the bars have a tall rise and reach back to the rider. Footpegs are mounted well forward, adding to the spacious feel. The long wheelbase allows for plenty of passenger room, and our resident pillion tester reported the thickly-padded seat and backrest to be among the most comfortable in the cruiser class.

“Fit and finish is good, with tons of chrome everywhere.”

Even the coolant tank, which is mounted directly behind the engine on the right side, has a highly-polished chrome cover. Kawasaki did a good job of …read more

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