Kawasaki VN 2000 Vulcan




Make Model

Kawasaki VN 2000 Vulcan


2005 - 06


Four stroke, V-twin cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder


2053 cc / 125 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 103 x 123.2 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 9.5:1


Electronic fuel injection, 46mm throttle bodies


Starting Electric

Max Power

103 hp / 76 kW @ 480.0 rpm

Max Torque

177 Nm / 130.5 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


5 Speed 
Final Drive Belt
Gear Ratio 1st 2.550 (51/20)  2nd 1.630 (44/27)  3rd 1.219 (39/32)  4th 0.939 (31/33)  5th 0.730 (27/37)
Frame Double-cradle, high-tensile steel

Front Suspension

49 mm telescopic fork.
Front Wheel Travel 150 mm / 5.9 in

Rear Suspension

Swingarm with mono-shock, rebound damping 8-way Spring preload adjustable
Rear Wheel Travel 100 mm / 3.9 in

Front Brakes

2x 300mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 320mm disc 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

150/80 R16

Rear Tyre

200/60 R16
Rake 32.0į
Trail 182 mm
Length  2535 mm / 99.8 in
Seat Height 690 mm / 26.8 in
Ground Clearance 135 mm / 5.3 in

Dry Weight

332 kg / 732 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20.8 Litres / 5.5 US gal

Consumption Average

18.1 km/lit

Standing ľ Mile  

13.4 sec

Top Speed

200.4 km/h / 124.5 mph

Styling queues that put the Vulcan 2000 at the forefront of cruiser design include a powerful four-bulb, projector-type headlight encased in a signature chrome Nacelle headlight. Adding to its high-end status is the chrome instrument panel with its large-face speedometer; mounted on a stretched, 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the V-shaped panel keeps the rider informed with an LCD display and warning lamps. The bucket-type saddle with locking passenger seat complements the Vulcan 2000ís long, curving silhouette while providing all-day riding comfort

Power for these stylish cruisers come from a 125ci V-twin engine featuring a bore and stroke of 103mm x 123.2mm, forged pistons, alloy-steel connecting rods, huge 220mm flywheels, dual cams located within the one-piece crankcase and right-side pushrods actuating four valves per cylinder. Notably, Kawasaki engineers chose to utilize a push rod design in order to reduce engine height, which directly contributes to the Vulcan 2000ís low center of gravity and relatively low seat height. Plus, hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain zero valve clearance for smoother, quieter operation.

Cruiser enthusiasts will appreciate the Vulcan 2000ís classic V-twin sound thanks, in part, to the single-pin crankshaft, while dual counter balancers and rubber engine mounts keep it running smoothly.

To provide sharp throttle response at any rpm, the Vulcan 2000ís electronic engine control unit (ECU) manages electronic fuel injection with its dual 46mm throttle bodies and sub-throttle valves, as well as the iridium spark plug ignition system. The sub-throttle valves help provide the Vulcan 2000 with a smooth, linear power band, while the highly sophisticated fuel injection systemís fine atomizing injectors deliver an ultra-fine mist of fuel/air mixture to the cylinders for greater combustion efficiency, increased power and optimum fuel economy

The top quarter of the V-twin engine is liquid cooled, while temperatures for the bottom three-quarters of the engine are managed by stylish and highly functional cooling fins. Plus, the engine and transmission feature built-in oil and water pumps, with the transmission also serving as the oil tank.

The fuel injection systemís air cleaner is nestled between the cylinders, which feature a black matte finish, and the cooling fins are polished to a bright metallic shine. Dual exhaust pipes and mufflers emit a distinctive V-twin rumble, and include honeycomb catalyzers to reduce emissions.

A Hyvo primary drive chain transfers torque from the big V-twin engine to the five-speed transmission case, which houses a multi-plate wet clutch. To fully benefit from the Vulcan 2000ís advanced electronics, a gear position sensor in the transmission sends signals to the ECU, further enhancing fuel injection volume and ignition timing, and thus improving performance. Final drive to the rear wheel is provided by smooth, quiet and low maintenance belt drive.

The V-twin engine is utilized as a stressed member of the Vulcan 2000ís steel, double-cradle frame, which features a large-diameter, box-section single-tube backbone. Coupled to the frame is a simple but elegant rear steel pipe swingarm suspension with a direct-action single shock. The rear suspension provides 3.9 inches of travel, and includes spring preload and rebound adjustment. Up front, large 49mm forks provide more precise steering feedback and 5.9 inches of travel.

The Vulcan 2000 motorcycle rides on bright, cast aluminum 16-inch wheels with a 150/80 front radial tire and a huge, 200/60 rear radial tire. Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a single rear disc brake with two-piston caliper bring this big cruiser to smooth, powerful stops.