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