Wanting on the Kawasaki Bikes of the 2002 Huge Twin Comparability

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The three Kawasakis take their stances on the desert flooring.

James Brown

This text was initially revealed within the April 2002 concern of Motorbike Cruiser.

Kawasaki rolled out the primary of its present line of 1500 V-twins in 1996. The one-carb Vulcan 1500 Basic was derived from a now-discontinued twin-carb Vulcan 1500 V-twin. It introduced conventional American model with a wholly new twin-shock chassis and recent traces and bodywork. It instantly turned Kawasaki’s best-seller. The corporate then constructed upon it, introducing the Nomad bagger for ’98, the very retro Drifter for ’99, a considerably revised model of the Nomad, the FI, for 2000, an virtually solely new Basic FI mannequin for 2001, and most lately, the Imply Streak, a street-rod-style extension of the road.

With every new Vulcan 1500 mannequin, Kawasaki launched enhancements and improvements, a few of which have been then integrated throughout the road, in order that even the unique carbureted 1500 Basic, which stays within the line (for $9999), has been improved noticeably alongside the way in which. Nonetheless, the carbureted mannequin is considerably completely different than the Basic FI ($10,599), which has a stiffer body with an extended wheelbase and revised steering geometry, a bigger 5.Zero-gallon seamless gasoline tank with up to date instrumentation atop it, a extra highly effective fuel-injected engine, adjustable shocks, and plenty of element modifications and enhancements. Nonetheless, the resemblance is evident, since each Classics have full fenders over wire-spoke wheels every with a single disc brake, coated fork tubes, floorboards, extensive teardrop gasoline tanks, deep and extensive saddles and staggered twin exhausts on the correct facet. We included the FI however not the carb-sucker.

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Kawasaki's 1500 motor

Kawasaki’s 1500 motor, Imply Streak model.

James Brown

A few of the modifications on the FI, together with the gasoline injection itself, have been launched on the Drifter. Styled alongside the traces of a number of the luxurious American large twins of the late 1930s and early 1940s (Indian being the perfect identified), the Drifter ($11,799) has deeply valenced fenders, a big solo saddle, floorboards, and a type of 1930s streamlined look, stretching from the lengthy shell for the reflector-type headlight to the fishtail on the muffler for the two-into-one exhaust that evokes that period. It was initially launched with a blacked-out model to carefully match the bikes that impressed it, however buyer demand modified most of these elements to chrome. For 2002, it has additionally gotten the seamless 5.Zero-gallon tank of the Basic FI. The twin-shock chassis is stopped by a single disc brake at every finish.

The Imply Streak ($10.999) takes the Vulcan 1500 in yet one more course with a efficiency orientation. Up entrance, the forged wheel has two discs with six-piston calipers. An inverted cartridge fork and twin shocks that regulate for air strain and damping mix with revised steering geometry and 17-inch radial tires to ask aggressive cornering. The abbreviated fenders, smooth and seamless four.5-gallon tank, drag bar on pulled-back risers, tachometer, low-cut saddle with an abbreviated passenger pad, and the twin straight-through-style pipes (which really share a big collector chamber underneath the bike) all counsel a motorbike that’s completely satisfied to be ridden arduous.

All 1500 Vulcans share the identical primary liquid-cooled single-overhead-cam 50-degree counterbalanced 1470cc V-twin rubber-mounted to their frames. The facility will get to the shaft ultimate drive by five-speed gearboxes with computerized impartial finder. The engines with the digital fuel-injection have extra compression (requiring premium gasoline), revised timing for the 4 hydraulically adjusted valves in every cylinder, and extra consumption space, due to twin throats as an alternative of a single 40mm carb. Past that, Kawasaki gave the Imply Streak much more compression, larger valves, extra aggressive cam profiles and a revised routine for the fuel-injection system, which has 40mm throats as an alternative of the 36mm throats on the opposite injected fashions.

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