Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vulcan 2000 features

The Vulcan 2000 features a powerful four-bulb, projector-type headlight encased in a signature chrome nacelle. A chrome instrument panel with large-face speedometer is mounted on a stretched flange-free fuel tank, and the V-shaped panel keeps the rider informed with an LCD display and warning lamps. The bucket-type saddle with locking passenger seat complements the Vulcan 2000’s long, curving silhouette while providing all-day riding comfort.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 gets its power from a 2053cc, OHV, liquid cooled twin-cylinder engine. The Vulcan 2000 also has cooling fins to aid in keeping the engine running at the optimum temperature. Fuel is delivered via an electronic fuel injection system. The ECU (Engine Control Unit) manages both the fuel injection and digital ignition systems to optimize throttle response. The ECU also receives input from the transmission to assist with performance.

Kawasaki didn't simply set out to build the biggest production cruiser. They wanted to create an incredibly powerful and well-handling machine that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the loins. The engineers put in ample time to ensure this bike was ridable in every manner. The Vulcan was designed to do things other than go from point A to point B in a straight line like some of its powerful brethren. Yes, Kawasaki considered that some people enjoy touring curvaceous roads and canyon carving as well as cruising their local boulevard.

But let's be honest, they didn't name the bike after its displacement by accident. Nestled in the double-cradle steel frame is the 2053cc (125.3 cubic-inch) liquid-cooled V-Twin, and it's everything you'd expect and more from a bike that is the largest production twin cylinder on the market. Basically, a twist of the throttle elicits an instant response from the rear wheel, pumping out torque that can be matched by only a handful of stock machines on the market, sportbikes included.

Engine: Type 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, OHV, 4-Valve Cylinder Head, 52° V-Twin
Displacement: 2053 cc
Bore and Stroke: 103.0 x 123.2 mm
Maximum Torque: 141 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Carburetor: DFI with Keihin 46mm Throttle Bodies (2)
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: 5-Speed
Final Drive: Belt
Rake/Trail: 32°/7.2 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 5.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 3.9 in.
Front Tire Size: 150/80-16
Rear Tire Size: 200/60-16
Wheelbase: 68.3 in.
Front Suspension: 49mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Single Shock, 8-Way Rebound Damping
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm Discs with 4-Piston Calipers
Rear Brake Type: Single 320mm Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.5 gal.
Seat Height: 26.8 in.
Dry Weight: 750 lb.
Color: Metallic Ocean Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver, Ebony/Galaxy Silver.

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