Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan

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Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan

The Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan was introduced at the end of 1984 and was sold until 2006. This model is Kawasaki's first production cruiser with a V-2-cylinder engine. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Japanese motorcycles with 750cc engines. see were a purely domestic Japanese product, the Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan was actively exported to the United States and had a good level of sales there. In 1985, the United States imposed increased customs duties on imports of motorcycles over 700 cc. see, which forced Kawasaki to reduce the volume of the "Volcano" to 699 cubic meters. see and rename it to Kawasaki Vulcan 700 . However, a year later, in 1986, customs restrictions were lifted and the original version with an engine capacity of 750 cc was supplied to the US market. see. Naturally, such changes were also reflected in the name of the model, which was now called the Kawasaki Vulcan 750.

The model may also be called Kawasaki VN 750 Twin.

The main feature of the Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan is a liquid-cooled V-twin 2-cylinder engine that produces 66 hp. power and 65 Nm of torque, which makes it perhaps the most powerful motorcycle in the Cruiser class for its engine size. In addition, the data from the dino-stand shows that the declared characteristics of the motor are underestimated by 8-10% of the real values ​​of power and torque. This fact indicates that either Kawasaki did not have enough experience in building classic cruisers, and therefore, out of habit, created a motorcycle with sporty characteristics (the "red zone" of the engine starts at 8500 rpm), or this step was deliberate, and the appearance of such a powerful bike was due only to the desire to bypass competitors, but then it looks illogical to underestimate the real characteristics of the motor.

The main modifications of the Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan:

  • Kawasaki VZ 750 is the Japanese name for a motorcycle.
  • Kawasaki VN 750 (Vulcan 750) is the name of the motorcycle for the US market.

Other features of the Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan include a steel frame, cardan drive, dual disc brakes in the front and rear drum, hydraulic lifters and simple suspension in the form of a conventional telescopic fork in the front and a double shock absorber in the rear.

The model was produced until 2006, after which it was discontinued. In 1995, the Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan entered the market as a replacement for the obsolete Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan, although the latter also continued to be sold in parallel, particularly in the US market.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan in the class:


Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan
Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan
Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan


Specifications Kawasaki VN 750 Vulcan:

ModelKawasaki Vulcan 750 (VN750 Twin)
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year1984-2006
Framesteel tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume749 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke84.9 x 66.2 mm
Compression ratio10.3: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder (with hydraulic clearance compensators)
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power66.0 h.p. (48.5 kW) @ 7500 rpm - basic version

68.0 h.p. (50.0 kW) @ 7500 rpm - Canadian and South African versions

50.0 h.p. (36.8 kW) @ 7500 rpm - German version

Maximum torque64.7 Nm (6.6 kgf * m) @ 6,000 rpm - basic version
Drive typecardan
Front tire size100 / 90-19 57H
Rear tire size150 / 90-15 74H
Front brakes2 discs, 226 mm, 1-piston calipers
Rear brakesdrum
Front suspension38mm telescopic fork, 150mm travel

38 mm telescopic fork (pneumatic), 150 mm travel - VN700-A1, VN750-A1-A4

Rear suspensionpendulum with two shock absorbers (adjustable preload), stroke - 90 mm
Motorcycle length2310 mm
Motorcycle width860 mm
Height1235 mm
Wheelbase1585 mm
Saddle height750 mm

735 mm - North American version

Acceleration to 100 km / h
Maximum speed180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity13.5 l
Motorcycle weight (dry)223 kg

219 kg - North American version

Motorcycle weight (curb)241 kg

236 kg - North American version