Kawasaki VN 400 Vulcan

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Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic

The Kawasaki Vulcan 400 begins its history in 1985 and the model Kawasaki EN400 Vulcan. This motorcycle was built on the basis of an in-line 2-cylinder engine, which was quite resourceful and powerful, and in character bears little resemblance to classic cruisers.

By 1995, the EN400 was leaving the market, giving way to the Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan. The new model already had the usual V-shaped engine and chain drive (the EN400 was equipped with a belt drive). It was this model that gained significant popularity not only in Japan, but also in Russia (mainly due to its low cost and similarity to the older 800 cc model). Model Kawasaki VN 400 Vulcan is based on the older version Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan, differing only in engine size, carburetor and other minor changes. The interchangeability of parts of one and second model is very high - most of the VN400 parts are fully compatible with the VN800.

The main modifications of the Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan:

  • Kawasaki Vulcan 400 (VN400A / B) - basic version. It appeared in 1995 and was offered until 1998 inclusive. Featuring a Harley-Davidson Softail Custom design. In Japan, it is also called - Vulcan II.
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Classic (VN400C) - the classic version of the motorcycle. The most popular modification. It was offered from 1996 to 2003 inclusive. It features classic elongated fenders and 16 'wheels.
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 400 Drifter (VN400D) - Indian style version of the bike - deep fenders, saddle, 2-in-1 exhaust. It differs from other versions by the rear disc brake. It was offered from 1999 to 2002 inclusive.

The main features of the Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan model are liquid cooling, a 5-speed gearbox and a chain drive to the rear wheel. Suspensions are presented in the form of a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock (adjustable in preload) at the rear. The model is very simple and reliable, without any pronounced "diseases" and problems.

2003 was the last year of production for the Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan. Currently, this model is found in large quantities at Japanese auctions and is quite often brought by the efforts of gray importers to the Russian market.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki VN 400 Vulcan in the class:


Specifications Kawasaki VN 400 Vulcan:

ModelKawasaki VN400 Vulcan
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year1995-2003
Framesteel tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume399 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke62.0 x 66.2 mm
Compression ratio9.8: 1
Number of valves per cylinderSOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 1x Keihin CVK32
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power33.0 h.p. (24 kW) at 8500 rpm
Maximum torque32.0 Nm (3.3 kgf * m) @ 4500 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size80 / 90-21 48H - VN400A / B

130 / 90-16 67H - VN400C, VN400D

Rear tire size140 / 90-16 71H
Front brakes1 disc, 300mm, 1-piston caliper - VN400A / B

1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper - VN400C

1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper - VN400D

Rear brakesDrum, 180mm - VN400A / B / C

Single disc, 270 mm, 2-piston caliper - VN400D

Front suspension41mm telescopic fork, 150mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum Uni-trak with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 100 mm
Motorcycle length2360 mm - VN400A / B

2375 mm - VN400C

2490 mm - VN400D

Motorcycle width825 mm - VN400A / B

930 mm - VN400C

1005 mm - VN400D

Motorcycle height1170 mm - VN400A / B

1130 mm - VN400C

1125 mm - VN400D

Wheelbase1625 mm - VN400A / B

1600 mm - VN400C

1615 mm - VN400D

Saddle height710 mm - VN400A / B

700 mm - VN400C

760 mm - VN400D

Acceleration to 100 km / h
Maximum speed140 km / h
Fuel tank capacity15.0 L (including reserve - 3 L) - VN400A / B

14.0 L - VN400C, VN400D

weight (dry)225 kg - VN400A / B

234 kg - VN400C

248 kg - VN400D