Big Bike Performance is All You Need in the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT
One of the Heaviest Motorcycles on the Road Today, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is a Force to Be Reckoned With
The LT designation of the Kawasaki 2000 Classic LT must stand for light touring, but how on earth Kawasaki can give its heaviest cruiser that designation is a mystery that may never be unraveled. Perhaps it indicates that the Kawasaki 2000 Classic LT is not a full-fledged touring motorcycle, but comes with the requisite saddlebags, sissy bar, and windshield necessary for light touring duty. Kawasaki’s top of the line heavy cruiser, the Kawasaki 2000 Classic LT powers over the road with a massive 125 cubic inch v-twin engine and a low center of gravity to keep the machine operable by most riders, although the Kawasaki 2000 Classic LT is far and away from the kind of ride that everyone will be comfortable with operating, or that newbies will even be able to control.
While many cruising and touring motorcycles have what is purported to be class-leading power, or technology, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is really the breed’s tour de force. Second only to the Triumph in displacement among regular production motorcycles, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT ‘s 125 cubic inch (or 2,053cc if you prefer,) engine sports both air and water cooling technology, a wealth of customizing options, and classically styled dual exhaust exiting on the right side of the cruiser.
While this motorcycle couldn’t be considered lean even by sumo wrestlers, the fact that most of the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT ‘s weight rests at about the level of the wheels helps tremendously in the ridability of this big cruiser. Other features of the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT engine are a 103 x 123.2mm bore and stroke, forged pistons, a 220mm flywheel and dual cams.
Style points for Kawasaki include the previously mentioned exhaust, fully-dyed leather saddlebags and matching driver and passenger seats, sixteen inch aluminum cast wheels, and a meaty 200/60 rear tire. Color options are slim, with Kawasaki offering their spotlight heavy cruiser in only two colors, Candy Cardinal red with atomic silver, or Metallic Ocean blue with neutron silver.
No points for Kawasaki on the paint this time- the boring paint scheme practically beg the new owner to drop the new ride off at the paint shop on the way home. The performance and looks are there, Kawasaki, how about some color choices? Stopping the monster Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT are dual 300mm front disc brakes with 4-piston calipers, and a single rear disc with a two-piston caliper.
With an MSRP of $14,599, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is an affordable machine with plenty of punch to quicken your heart rate a few steps regardless of how many burgers you had at the last stop. Hopefully next year we’ll see some additional paint options, but until then, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is a powerful, competent cruiser that you just might want to make your daily rider.
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