Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan (Vulcan 500 LTD)

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Kawasaki EN500A Vulcan

Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan appeared in 1990 and replaced the Kawasaki 454 LTD. Unlike the classic V-engine layout, the Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan gets an in-line 2-cylinder engine from the Kawasaki GPZ 500.


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Subsequently, this engine was installed on a large number of models - in addition to GPZ500, on Kawasaki ER-5, Kawasaki KLE 500 + on domestic Japanese models with a slightly reduced volume - Kawasaki EX-4, Kawasaki KLE 400. Moreover, this engine became the progenitor of the modern engine installed on the Kawasaki Versys 650, Kawasaki ER-6 and Kawasaki Vulcan S models. The first versions of the Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan produced 60 hp. power and 46 Nm of torque. At the time of its release, the Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan was a classic short wheelbase cruiser with a steel frame, cast wheels, classic suspensions (telescopic fork in front, double shock absorber in the rear), rear drum brake and belt drive.


  • Kawasaki EN500A Vulcan (1990-1996) - first generation. The model is distinguished by the classic appearance of the 80-90s, a forced engine, alloy wheels and a belt drive.
  • Kawasaki EN500C Vulcan (1996-2009) - second generation. The model has a more modern appearance, a reconfigured engine (less power, but better traction), spoke wheels and a chain drive. This modification may be referred to as Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan Classic or'Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD.

For the domestic Japanese market, a 400 cc version was available - Kawasaki EN 400 Vulcan.

The Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan model was produced until 2009 and was targeted at foreign markets - this motorcycle was not sold in Japan. In 2014, Kawasaki releases the Vulcan S (EN650S) model, which, although it does not position itself as a successor to the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD, can still be called such - an inline 2-cylinder "road" engine wrapped in a modern cruiser.



Specifications Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan:

Generations Kawasaki EN500A (1990-1996) Kawasaki EN500C (1996-2009)
Motorcycle type cruiser
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 498 cc cm.
Cooling liquid
Bore / stroke 74x58 mm
Compression ratio 10.7: 1 10.2: 1
Number of valves per cylinder 4 valves per cylinder (DOHC)
Fuel supply system carburetor x2 Keihin CVK34 carburetor x2 Keihin CVK32
Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 60 hp at 9800 rpm (54.2 hp at 9500 rpm - on the wheel) 46 hp at 8000 rpm (34 hp - versions for Germany and Switzerland, 45 hp - France)
Maximum torque 46 Nm @ 8000 rpm 45 Nm @ 6,000 rpm (39 Nm - German and Swiss versions)
Gearbox 6-step
Drive type belt chain
Frame steel tubular
Front suspension 36mm telescopic fork, 150mm travel
Rear suspension swingarm with two shock absorbers (adjustable preload), stroke - 100 mm
Front tire size 100 / 90-19
Rear tire size 140 / 90-15
Front brakes 1 disc 300 mm, 1-piston caliper
Rear brakes drum
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2265x840x1230 mm 2320x830x1125 mm
Saddle height 730 mm 715 mm
Wheelbase 1555 mm 1595 mm
Fuel tank capacity 11.0 l 15.0 l
Maximum speed 172 km / h 160 km / h
Acceleration to 100 km / h n / a 6.7 sec
Motorcycle weight (curb) 199 kg 214 kg