2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

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2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter

Model Overview:

2006 Vulcan 800 Drifter

Bodystyle Cruiser
Warranty 12 months
Manufacturer Country Japan
Introduction Year N/A
Displacement (cc) 805
Engine Type V Twin
Nextstep Bg

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter


The Vulcan 800 cruiser series was first introduced by Kawasaki in 1995. The last year for the Vulcan 800 softail and classic models was in 2006. The 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter is around 8.1 feet long, 39.6 inches wide, around 44 inches high, and has around 6.3 inches of ground clearance. This 2006 version is very reminiscent of cruisers in the 1940s due to its unique design and paint job. This cruiser comes with a one-piece vinyl seat that is meant for one driver.

The Vulcan 800 Drifter comes with a floorboard for the driver and standard handlebars. The frame of this motorbike is made of steel. The Vulcan 800 comes equipped with a temperature warning light, a speedometer, and a trip odometer. The motorbike also comes equipped with a headlight visor for the halogen headlight. Riders typically choose other types of motorbikes when it comes to off-roading and racing on the track.

Many riders think the Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter from 2006 is safer than most motorbikes currently on the road. The design and touring capabilities of the 2006 Vulcan 800 Drifter stand out compared to other bikes out there. The repair costs on these bikes are usually lower than most bikes. Many riders feel the Vulcan 800 Drifter is more valuable and worth the money when compared to some of the other choices of motorcycles.

Many riders enjoy these bikes because they are relatively low maintenance but have a powerful engine that makes cruising around town an invigorating experience. The valve train and construction of the engine is solid enough to last for several decades with low maintenance. This cruiser is not the fastest motorbike on the ride but it is certainly comfortable. Some bikers have been able to get the Vulcan 800 Drifter up to 90 mph.

Many rides love the Vulcan 800 Drifter because it’s easy to ride and easy to handle as well. Riders also like the torque and low-end power accompanied by responsive braking and suspension systems. The Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter reminds many people of classic style cruisers from Harley-Davidson. This is a great starter bike for beginners due to its light weight and responsive handling.

New For 2006
  • The Vulcan Classic and Base models were discontinued for 2006.
  • Better racing capabilities and lower repair costs compared to the previous year.
  • Improved touring capabilities and safety from the 2005 version.

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Specs

  • Model: Vulcan 800 Drifter
  • Engine Type: 805cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder, V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.47 x 2.61 inches
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 63.6 inches
  • Rake: 31.5°
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 29.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 542 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 130/90 R16
  • Tires (Rear): 140/90 R16


  • Ebony/Galaxy Silver Body Colors
  • Full Dust Cover
  • Half Dust Cover
  • Universal Econo Cruiser Cover
  • Deluxe Bike Cover

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