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.

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.

Major generations of the Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan:

  • 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.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan in the class:


Kawasaki EN500A Vulcan (1990-1996)
Kawasaki EN500C Vulcan (1996-2009)
Kawasaki EN500C Vulcan (1996-2009)


Specifications Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan:

GenerationsKawasaki EN500A (1990-1996)Kawasaki EN500C (1996-2009)
Motorcycle typecruiser
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume498 cc cm.
Bore / stroke74x58 mm
Compression ratio10.7: 110.2: 1
Number of valves per cylinder4 valves per cylinder (DOHC)
Fuel supply systemcarburetor x2 Keihin CVK34carburetor x2 Keihin CVK32
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power60 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 torque46 Nm @ 8000 rpm45 Nm @ 6,000 rpm (39 Nm - German and Swiss versions)
Drive typebeltchain
Framesteel tubular
Front suspension36mm telescopic fork, 150mm travel
Rear suspensionswingarm with two shock absorbers (adjustable preload), stroke - 100 mm
Front tire size100 / 90-19
Rear tire size140 / 90-15
Front brakes1 disc 300 mm, 1-piston caliper
Rear brakesdrum
Dimensions (L x W x H)2265x840x1230 mm2320x830x1125 mm
Saddle height730 mm715 mm
Wheelbase1555 mm1595 mm
Fuel tank capacity11.0 l15.0 l
Maximum speed172 km / h160 km / h
Acceleration to 100 km / hn / a6.7 sec
Motorcycle weight (curb)199 kg214 kg