The 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is one of the bestselling bikes created by Kawasaki, and has been since it was introduced in 1996. The reasons for its popularity are the large, powerful engine and the timeless, classic American styling of the cruiser. When the Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic was first launched, it had one of the largest engines found in a mass produced bike. Currently, there are bikes that do have larger engines, such as the Vulcan 1600, but the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic remains a favorite among cruiser riders.
The engine found within the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is a 1470cc, four-stroke, 50 degree, V-twin engine. It is a 90 cubic inch engine and contains four valves per cylinder. Each valve is actuated by a single overhead cam, and it produces a maximum of 84 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm. To reduce vibrations, the engine is rubber mounted and features a gear-driven balancer. The sculpted cylinders and polished cooling fins of the engine add to the unique style of the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic.
Power is transferred from the engine to the rear wheel from a five-speed transmission through a shaft final drive system. The transmission of the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is equipped with the Kawasaki Positive Neutral Finder system, which makes shifting from first to neutral a lot easier. With four gears up and one down, the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic transmission harnesses the power of the V-twin engine for both around town driving, as well as touring on the highway.
The 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is a big bike, with an overall length of 98.6 inches, and a wheelbase of 65.6 inches. It has a very low seat height of 27.6 inches, which not only aids with rider confidence due to being able to place both feet on the ground, but it lowers the center of gravity of the cruiser. Without the addition of a passenger or luggage, the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic has a weight of 659 lbs.
The style of the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is that of a traditionally American cruiser. It has a long, low look due to the design of the chassis, and provides an extremely comfortable ride due to the wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards, low seat, and plush suspension. The rear suspension contains twin shocks that have five-way adjustable positions to compensate for the additional load of a passenger and luggage. While the traditional design and style of the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is popular, there is an extensive line of Kawasaki accessories available that allow each rider to customize his or her bike as much or as little as wanted.