VN750 History

Here is a picture profile of the Vulcan VN7XX line from 1985 to 2006.  There are gaps in the history and not all photo's may be correct.  Please send me your stock shots that I'm missing if you have them or a good clean unmodified picture of your bike to post here.

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This mid-sized cruiser offers the same low-slung riding position of its bigger siblings, and with everything from a torquey V-twin engine to chrome-encrusted bodywork, the stylish 750 is certainly an attention-getter.

Powered by a liquid-cooled, double overhead cam 749cc V-twin engine, the Vulcan 750 is powerful and low-maintenance. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters ease maintenance and liquid cooling increases overall engine durability.

Plus, the engine itself is rubber-mounted within the double-cradle, high-tensile steel frame to reduce vibration at the handlebar and foot pegs.

A low-maintenance shaft drive transmits power from the five-speed transmission to the beefy 15-inch rear wheel. Plus, the easy-shifting gearbox features Kawasaki's exclusive Positive Neutral Finder, which allows for easy and accurate shifting from first into neutral when stopped. Air-assisted rear shocks with four clicks of rebound damping adjustment offer a smooth and controlled ride, while dual front discs provide reliable stopping power.

Full instrumentation, including both coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, and a center-stand are standard fare.

This was the first model Vulcan produced by Kawasaki back in 1985. In the United States, it was introduced as a 699cc bike to beat the tariff on all Japanese bikes over 750cc. In 1986, Kawasaki started to produce the VN750 in Lincoln, Nebraska to beat the tariff by having a 750cc bike that was made in the USA. The Vulcan VN750 was on the streets.

The VN750's looks have changed little since it was introduced over 20 years ago. The colors have changed with the times and a few improvements have taken place, but to look at the 2006 version and the 1985, the form and style have remained the same.

Unfortunately, in 2006 Kawasaki made the decision to discontinue this popular model. The Vulcan 750 had a production run starting in 1985 (VN700 in the States and a VN750 everywhere else). The VN750 had a 22 year run with the bike being virtually unchanged. Let's see these modern cookie cutter motorcycles do the same...


Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, 8-valve V-Twin
Displacement: 749cc
Starting: Electric

Bore x stroke: 84.9 x 66.2mm
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Keihin CVK34 x 2

Ignition: Electronic
Transmission: Five-speed
Final drive: Shaft
Frame: Double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 32 degrees / 5.0 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: Hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Air-assisted dual shocks with 4-way rebound damping / 3.5 in.
Front tire: 100/90x19 tubeless
Rear tire: 150/90x15 tubeless
Front brakes / rear brake: Dual discs / Drum
Overall length: 90.4 in.

Overall width: 33.5 in.
Overall height: 48.2 in.
Ground clearance: 5.9 in.
Seat height: 28.9 in.
Dry weight: 483 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 3.6 gal.
Wheelbase: 62.2 in.

1985 Vulcan 700 - The Original Vulcan!!!

1986 VN750 from England.  Notice the chrome fenders and the silver engine.
Some US 1986 VN750's had the black engine and to my knowledge, chrome fenders were not offered in the US.




1990 & 1991 Vulcan 750

1992 VN750
Owned by Harry "Warhammer" Taylor
Bike is equipped with a Fire & Steel engine guard and extended backrest.






1998 Vulcan 750

1999 Vulcan 750

2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
2000 Vulcan 750

2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
2000 Vulcan 750 with touring package.

2001 Vulcan 750

2002 Vulcan 750

2002 Vulcan 750 with touring package
(minus extended backrest and front fender with guard).

2003 Vulcan 750

2004 & 2005 Vulcan 750

2006 Vulcan 750
The Last VN750!!!


Other VN750 Pic's

A Chrome VN750.  Don't know who it belongs to but it is FREAKING COOL!!!

From what I can tell, this bike is for sale in Brazil.  Might be worth the road trip.  It looks like a 1996 from what I can tell...

My VN750 - Black Betty...

Uncle Gomer's VN750 after the KY Lake stator replacement.

Lady Di's VN750 with full touring set-up and sidecar.

Lzzrrd and his teal green VN750 on the road in Kentucky 2007.

One of them Eco-Friendly VN750's with the Fred Flintstone engine.  (Uncle Gomer's bike with the engine off to the side getting a stator replaced.

Hawk back in the days before he started using his bike to hunt with.


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