lighten up. Twenty years ago, MO was a wobbly startup with no money, and a part-time job for most of us. Which doesn’t explain the random abbreviation of some old content, but it might justify part of it. Do you even Japanese Manufacture cruisers anymore? Some of them weren’t too bad, including the 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 800. I apologize for being so rude (maybe because I was secretly attracted to you). Oh look, they still make a file Vulcan 900; Doesn’t look really bad half.
Torrance, CA, July 23, 2002 Listen, you may have to drive me out behind the shed and shoot me soon. Last week I was driving down the road in some traffic on a Ducati 900SS, and it occurred to me that I’d rather ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic that I’ve been putting miles on lately. Later. The Ducati is a little harsh on the wrists at subsonic speeds, and you have to change gears every now and then when your speed increases or decreases. Nerves die from the constant pounding, it was a little painful when my Ducati started reshaping my butt into two different cheeks again; Like thawing frostbite.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, what does a photo of the Vulcan 800 Classic taken through the drivers side window of a 1995 Ford Mustang say? A thousand words, one space, a 10-point line please. due Thursday.
Also, now that the cruiser grip-gripping muscles have developed to a point where self-serve can no longer be considered a safe sex practice, I am able to navigate my usual 80-90 mph gait just as easily on an unfair Vulcan as on a Ducati.
Ducati is the kind of uncomfortable modern furniture that gay couples and New Yorkers have. The Vulcan’s Barcalounger is your father. Why don’t you be comfortable then?
Fashion, that’s why. The first way you know you’re up hill is when you don’t care how you look, because when you don’t care how you look, you don’t care how other people think you look – women, this is – and then worse than marriage – the death of hope. When you find yourself walking into a Rockports mall in a pair of white belted shorts and a fanny pack, with more white ear hair growing out than Peter Rabbit, you know your days are numbered, my friend.
The 800 Classic is one of the few cruisers where a bike was more appropriate to wear the chain than its rider.
On the other hand, all bets on autos who used to check you out on a nice bike, and vice versa, are now all on the phone anyway, paying no consideration even on the MV Agusta. Why do you care?
where have you been? Aside from all of that, the Vulcan 800 is a really cool motorcycle, with a better and faster engine than the Suzuki Volusia we tested a couple of weeks ago, better suspension, and better cargo for 5’7 guys like me (or maybe since I didn’t start riding the Vulcan until just yet). Triumph America and Volusia, should I take more credit for developing my cruiser muscles beforehand?) Thankfully, my vanity has only been surpassed by my cheapness.
“If you love a Vulcan, you should get one; functionally, it’s a great personal transport unit.”
Junip didn’t like the exhaust tips much.
At $6799, this Vulcan sells for a lot less than you would for an SS Ducati—and sports its 805cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve heads. – A fun, mobile engine to play with, paired with an agreeable five-speed gearbox, wide ratio, and a nice light clutch. Throw it in 4th gear or upper gear (5th), and it’s easy enough to zip out at 30-plus to 100mph with little to no fuss. A single Mikuni carburetor, 36mm with accelerator pump, no less, responds well to the whip once the usual malfunction is bypassed (which will likely be fixed with a small under-the-needle washer).
This is a 55-degree, single-attached twin, but with a stabilizer and rubber mounts. It runs very smoothly, vibration isn’t an issue, and in fact, the ride isn’t bad at all. There’s a linkage-mounted shock hidden under the steel-tail swingarm, with four inches of travel, and the 41mm fork is well damped. Combined with the thick tires and a thick, well-supported seat, the Vulcan gives up a surprisingly great ride. Drive hard in the turns, and the Vulcan pegs will start to pull a bit early even by cruiser standards.
Other than that, what don’t you like? Eh, well, we know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but almost everyone who sees that beauty comes away wishing they didn’t. It’s Harley from toon town. These “double gun exhausts” would be great if not for the black stuff at the ends which clearly reveals the true diameter of the tailpipes; The motorcycle equivalent of getting stuffed into your pants. The front fender is a buri frame.
Maybe not even the individual parts so much as the incongruous way they all fit together? This is an ugly motorcycle, but, in its own defence, it looks good in family photos next to the sister 800 Drifter and cousin of the 750 Vulcan.
But hey, that’s just my opinion. My son wouldn’t be seen wearing shorts if he didn’t get past his knees. Tattoos, piercings and shaving your head “in”. I have always loved Camaros and still love them. I’m afraid of Julia Roberts’ lips. Rap is a waste of oxygen. I’m totally out of reach. If you like Vulcan, you must get one; Functionally it is a great personal transport unit.
Type: 805 cc liquid-cooled 55°V duplex, SOHC 4V/cylinder; Double
Bore and stroke: 88 x 66.2 mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel: 36mm Keihin CVK
Ignition: electronic, digital
Valve set intervals: 7500 miles
Transmission: 5-speed, wet, multi-plate clutch
Frame: steel spine
Front suspension: 41mm fork, 5.9 inch travel
Rear suspension: single coil shock absorber, linkage
Writes; 3.9 inch travel, adjustable spring preload
Front brakes: 300mm disc
Rear brake: drum
Wheels: 3 x 16 inches; 3 x 16 inch spoke
Tires: 130/90-16, 140/90-16 Bridgestone Exedra
Wheelbase: 63 in (1,600 mm)
Rake / driveway: 32 degrees / 4.8 in (122 mm)
Seat height: 27.5 in.
Measured weight, full fuel tank: 575 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 4 Gallons
Fuel Mileage: 45 mpg
Colors: red, purple like
Suggested price: $6,799 (US$)
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