Kawasaki’s quintessential middleweight road cruiser might not break any world records—but that’s probably just because Guinness doesn’t have a category for “best all-rounder”. There’s a good reason newer motorcyclists who want to learn how to ride bigger, badder bikes have been flocking to the Vulcan for over two decades—and a good reason why Kawasaki has barely changed the bike’s fundamental design in almost that long.
We’ll come right out and say it: this bike slaps. That’s just as true for this year’s model as it has been for every iteration of the Vulcan 900 since 2006, when it got its last major upgrade. Not giving a bike any significant upgrades for sixteen years is either the most audacious or the laziest move we’ve ever seen a major bike manufacturer make—and as we should all know by now, the folks at Kawasaki are anything but lazy. Leaving this model alone for so long was nothing less than a vote of utter confidence in its capabilities, and the 2022 Vulcan 900 still lives up to those long-established expectations.
You still get the now-classic 4-stroke, 55-degree, liquid-cooled 903cc V-twin engine—producing 50 hp and 58.2 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. The 5 speed transmission still has Kawasaki’s user-friendly positive neutral finder, making it easier for newer cruiser riders to take their hand off the clutch at a stop without accidentally stalling. Floorboards, a heel shifter, and a nice low seat all contribute to making this bike a real easy rider, just as they always have.
The Vulcan 900 is still a heavy motorcycle, too. The Classic trim has a curb weight of 619.6 lbs, while the slightly stripped down Custom weighs 610.6 lbs and the saddlebag-and-windscreen-accoutred Classic LT comes in at 657.1 lbs with all accessories attached. But if you’re looking for a big, friendly road cruiser with a V-twin bark far worse than its bite, it’s hard to do better than this.
The Vulcan’s got some competition from the other big Japanese bike brands—like the Suzuki Boulevard C50 and the Yamaha Bolt R-Spec—but it’s likely the most compelling choice for riders craving a balance of reliable power and badass old-school cruiser styling. We’re happy to see this old friend in Kawasaki’s 2022 lineup.
The 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic starts at $8,499 USD / $10,299 CAD, the 900 Custom starts at $8,999 USD / $10,499 CAD, and the 900 Classic LT starts at $9,499 USD / $11,899 CAD.
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