Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan (Vulcan 500 LTD)
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.
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Specifications Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan:
|Generations||Kawasaki EN500A (1990-1996)||Kawasaki EN500C (1996-2009)|
|Engine type||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line|
|Working volume||498 cc cm.|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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|