Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan (VN800A, VN800B Classic, VN800C / E Drifter)

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Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (VN800A)

Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan was first introduced in 1995 as a replacement for the outdated version Kawasaki VN 750.

The model was focused on sales in Europe and North America, but the motorcycle gained the greatest popularity in Canada and the USA, selling until 2006, when it was replaced by Kawasaki VN 900 Vulcan. The American popularity of the 800th "Volcano" was due to the unique concept of the motorcycle, which in many ways resembled the Harley-Davidson Softail Custom - absolute simplicity without unnecessary attachments, classic American shapes and even the design of the air filter housing were almost identical.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 800 was also sold for a limited time in the Japanese market - from 1996 to 1997. and from 1999 to 2000. In addition, a 400 cc version ( Kawasaki VN400 Vulcan) was offered specifically for the domestic Japanese market, which differed from the older only in engine size and carburetor settings. The younger version was also sold in 3 main modifications.

The main modifications of the Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan:

  • Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan - A-version of the motorcycle, has a shortened rear fender and a 21 'front wheel. This version is most similar to the Harley-Davidson Softail Custom.
  • Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan Classic - B-version of the motorcycle, featuring classic fenders and 16 'wheels.
  • Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan Drifter - the C-version of the motorcycle, it features large front and rear fenders that hide a significant part of the wheels and a rear disc brake.

The most popular in Russia is the classic version of the motorcycle (VN800B) - the custom version (VN800A) and Drifter (VN800C / E) are much less common on the market.

The Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan features the most powerful engine in its class (60 hp - Canadian version), liquid cooling, 5-speed gearbox and chain drive. The forced (by the standards of the class) motor, coupled with the chain, provide the motorcycle with impressive dynamics - 5.8 seconds. up to 100 km / h and 173 km / h top speed, based on independent tests.

The Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan was produced until 2006, after which it was replaced by Kawasaki VN 900 Vulcan. The updated model received a number of technical and visual differences - a new engine with an increased volume, an injector, a belt drive, an increased width of the rear tire, a rear disc brake, alloy wheels instead of spoked wheels, a new dashboard with a fuel level indicator, and more.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan in the class:


Kawasaki VN 800A Vulcan
Kawasaki VN 800C / E Vulcan
Kawasaki VN 800B Vulcan


Specifications Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan:

ModelKawasaki VN800 Vulcan
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year1995-2006
Framesteel tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume805 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke88.0 x 66.2mm
Compression ratio9.5: 1
Number of valves per cylinderSOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 1x Keihin CVK36
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power60.0 h.p. (44.1 kW) @ 7500 rpm - VN800 (Canada)

58.0 h.p. (42.7 kW) @ 7500 rpm - VN800 (Japan)

55.0 h.p. (40.5 kW) at 7000 rpm - VN800 (USA)

53.0 h.p. (39.3 kW) at 7000 rpm - VN800 (France)

Maximum torque64.7 Nm (6.6 kgf * m) @ 3500 rpm - VN800 (Canada)

62.8 Nm (6.4 kgf * m) @ 3500 rpm - VN800 (Japan)

64.0 Nm (6.5 kgf * m) @ 3300 rpm - VN800 (USA)

Drive typechain
Front tire size80 / 90-21 48H - VN800A

130 / 90-16 67H - VN800B, VN800C / E

Rear tire size140 / 90-16 71H
Front brakes1 disc, 300mm, 1-piston caliper - VN800A

Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper - VN800B

1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper - VN800C / E

Rear brakesDrum, 180mm - VN800A/ B

Single disc, 270 mm, 2-piston caliper - VN800C / E

Front suspension41mm telescopic fork, 150mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum Uni-trak with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 100 mm
Motorcycle length2360 mm - VN800A

2375 mm - VN800B

2490 mm - VN800C / E

Motorcycle width825 mm - VN800A

930 mm - VN800B

1005 mm - VN800C / E

Motorcycle height1170 mm - VN800A

1130 mm - VN800B

1125 mm - VN800C / E

Wheelbase1625 mm - VN800A

1600 mm - VN800B

1615 mm - VN800C / E

Saddle height710 mm - VN800A

700 mm - VN800B

760 mm - VN800C / E

Acceleration to 100 km / h5.8 sec
Maximum speed173 km / h
Fuel tank capacity15.0 l (including reserve - 3 l)
Motorcycle weight (dry)225 kg - VN800A

234 kg - VN800B

248 kg - VN800C / E