FEATURES & BENEFITS
■ To enhance the lightweight look of the front end there is no central fork
cover, headlamp bar or front fork covers. Uni-Trak® rear suspension
■ Single shock absorber with 7-way cam-type preload adjuster.
■ Shock and linkage are tucked in out of sight to give the swingarm a clean,
uncluttered look. Front and rear disc brakes
■ Single 300 mm front disc with a dual piston caliper and a rear 270 mm disc
with a dual piston caliper ensure excellent stopping power and feel.
Although the Custom is from the VN900 series, in order to achieve its
custom image, Kawasaki designers completely re-evaluated its bodywork, treating
it as if it were a completely new model.
Central to the 900 Custom's design is its fuel tank. Unlike some custom
machines that use flashy designs to attract attention, the beauty of the
Custom's tank lies in its subtlety. Painstakingly crafted, its delicate
twin-valley theme gives a graceful play of light and shadows along the soft
curves of the tank.
The twin-valley design theme is continued in the rear fender.
The key feature in achieving the Custom's light-looking front end is its
thin, 21" wheel. The wheel's larger diameter also helps raise the front of the
bike, further contributing to the light image. For size alone a more traditional
wire-spoke wheel would have sufficed, but a cast design was deemed necessary to
achieve the impact of a true custom.
While 21" cast wheels are rare enough in custom-building circles, they were
unheard of on a mass-production machine. However, a way was found to realise the
extremely high precision tolerances required to mass produce the "spoke-style"
casting, an achievement made harder by the complexity of the spoke design.
Arranged in pairs, the front wheel's 18 "spokes" were designed by hand.
Tapered and flanged in two directions, every line and surface of the 3D spokes
is exquisitely curved.
To accentuate the lightweight image of the front end, the rear was designed
to be low and solid looking. This contrast contributes to the Custom's sense of
dynamism as the eye travels from the front of the bike to the rear. he 15" cast
rear wheel was chosen to contrast the "light," tall front wheel. Its solid disc
design helps give the rear a "squatting" appearance. The massive 180 mm rear
tyre gives the rear of the bike a powerful image. The tyre's high profile adds
to the weighty appearance of the rear, the large amount of rubber contrasts with
the light image created by the front of the bike.
The relatively straight cut of the bottom of the rear fender complements the
lines of the bike and opens up space to show off more of the rear tyre. The
sporty, straight-style handlebar adds to the bike's custom styling. Instead of
handlebar clamps, twin tubes elegantly curve back from the upper triple clamp.
Both the handlebar and twin tubes are completely chromed.
The small headlamp, headlamp mount, lower triple clamp and turn signals are
all chromed.The small, minimalist front fender also contributes to the clean
lines in this area.
The chromed tank-mounted instrument console is slim and lightweight,
contributing to the bike's elegant lines.
Designed with custom-style looks in mind, the one-piece seat comfortably
accommodates rider and pillion. The ergonomics of the front part of the seat
make use of the same research used to design the Vulcan 900 Classic's
comfortable bucket seat.