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Designs Peugeot Piaggio Revival Cycles Rickman Roehr Roland Sands Royal Enfield Sachs Shaw Speed Sherco Sunbeam Suzuki SYM SWM TM Racing Triumph Ural Velocette Vespa Victory Vilner Vincent VOR Voxan Vyrus Walt Siegl Walz Wrenchmonkees Wunderlich XTR / Radical Yamaha Zero Kawasakis Vulcan 500 LTD is an excellent motorcycle for first-time buyers seeking entry to the cruiser lifestyle.
With a low seat height, friendly power delivery and affordable purchase price, the Vulcan 500 LTD makes it easy to develop those all-important riding skills.
Though it is compact and easy to ride, the Vulcan 500 LTDs ample power and comfortable accommodations mean more experienced riders will still enjoy its practicality, efficiency and reliability as a transportation tool.
Based on the same engine that powers the Ninja 500R sportbike, the Vulcan 500 LTDs engine helps this cruiser outmuscle its competition.
Its twin cylinder powerplant provides predictable torque delivery for boulevard cruising, while still offering plenty of extra muscle for highway trips.
It takes more than an excellent engine to make a great motorcycle, so the 500 LTDs chassis is equally user-friendly.
A long and low steel frame contributes to its classic cruiser looks, and with a saddle thats just 28 inches from the ground, it puts just about any size rider at ease.
As for style, the Vulcan 500 LTDs nod to the custom crowd includes a stepped seat, bobbed rear fender, tank-mounted speedometer and chrome-plated wire-spoke wheels.
Admire it as is, or select additional enhancements from Kawasakis accessory line.
In 1985 Kawasaki launched, worldwide, the Vulcan VN700A, its first cruiser powered by its first V-twin engine. Kawasaki also made the now rare VZ 750 variant with chromed wheel arches and other subtle differences.
To avoid United States tariffs on Japanese motorcycles over 700cc, the initial US model was limited to 699 cc but in 1986, the tariff was lifted so the engine capacity was increased to 749 cc.