Kicking off the Vulcan series of cruisers from Japanese heavy equipment manufacturer Kawasaki, the Vulcan 750 hit its penultimate model year in 2005. (It would be discontinued the following year.) Available as a lone model, the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan had an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $6,199.
Sporting an Ebony / Metallic Phantom Silver color scheme, the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 uses a steel frame for firmness. A one-piece vinyl seat with a fixed backrest provides seating for the rider and one passenger. Digital instrumentation on the 2005 Vulcan 750 consists of a trip odometer, speedometer, and temperature and fuel level warning gauges. A halogen headlight and pair of rearview mirrors provide enhanced visibility to the driver.
Powering the 2005 Vulcan 750 cruiser is a four-stroke liquid-cooled V twin (two-cylinder) engine, with four intake valves on each cylinder for a total of eight. It displaces at 749 cubic centimeters, which explains the ""750"" suffix. The engine has a bore and stroke of 84.9 x 66.2 millimeters (3.35 x 2.61 inches) and compression ratio of 10.3 to 1. Fueling the engine is a pair of 34-mm carburetors from Keihin Corp., and the engine is linked to the cruiser’s electric starter for convenient ignition. Paired with the 2005 Vulcan 750 engine is a five-speed manual, and the powertrain is completed with a chain drive. Fuel for the cruiser is stored in a 3.6-gallon (13.6-liter) gas tank.
For braking, the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 uses hydraulic disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the back. Although not as effective as an all-wheel disc brake system, it is better than an all-wheel drum brake set-up. The suspension on the 2005 Vulcan 750 consists of a telescopic fork at the front and a twin-sided steel swing arm with two shock absorbers at the rear. Front 19-inch and rear 15-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in tubed tires go on each cruiser.
Each 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 has a length of 90.4 inches (2,295.1 mm), width of 33.5 inches (850.9 mm), height of 48.2 inches (1,224.3 mm), and wheelbase of 62.2 inches (1,579.9 mm). The ground clearance and seat height of the bike are measured at 5.9 inches (119.4 mm) and 28.9 inches (734 mm), respectively. The dry weight for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 is estimated at 483 lbs. (219.1 kilograms).
With a larger and more powerful engine, the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 is placed a notch above its smaller sibling, the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 500, even though it does not have as long of a driving range. For an affordable, low-end Vulcan from the 2005 model year, the 750 model is certainly worth a look.