2006 Kawasaki VN900 Classic
It is easy, in this age of high technology and more-is-better thinking, to lose sight of the simple joys of cruising down the highway on a motorcycle. The innocent sensation of the wind caressing your face, the landscape unravelling around you in time to the syncopated beat of a gutsy V-Twin engine, and the childlike curiosity of simply wanting to know what lies around the next bend.
Visceral pleasures aside, the cruising lifestyle offers pleasures of its own. For, while the act of riding is usually a solitary enjoyment, the cruising lifestyle is decidedly social. Arriving at any place where motorcyclists gather, the new rider soon meets a whole new group of like-minded individuals. And there is no better medium for making new friends than the cruiser.
The new VN900 Classic is the perfect machine on which to discover the joys of cruising. Not so big as to be intimidating, yet pumping out plenty of satisfying power, this new middleweight cruiser is designed to introduce a broad spectrum of riders to the exciting world of Kawasaki cruisers.
Powered by a liquid-cooled, 903 cm3 V-Twin engine, the VN900 puts out just the right amount of rider-friendly power. Modern technology like fuel injection, 4-valve heads and digital electronic ignition delivers plenty of the gutsy torque that makes riding a cruiser so much fun.
The VN900 looks as good as it goes, thanks to a VN2000-derived styling package. The bike's long-and-low design is complemented by seductively shaped bodywork, a low seat and a super-fat rear tyre, just like the big cruisers. And with its stable handling qualities and rider-friendly ergonomics, this is one middleweight cruiser that looks and feels like a larger machine. Everything about the VN900 is evocative of the high build quality and craftsmanship for which Kawasaki cruisers are famous.
Riders looking to move up to full-size cruiser in 2006 need look no further. Great power, great looks and a great introduction to the cruising life, the new VN900 Classic has it all.
Engine Type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement - 903 cm3
Bore and Stroke - 88.0 x 74.2 mm
Valve system - SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system - Fuel injection: ø 34 mm x 2 with dual throttles
Ignition - Digital
Starting - Electric
Lubrication - Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission - 5-speed, return
Final drive - Belt
Primary reduction ratio - 2.184 (83/38)
Gear ratios - 1st: 2.786 (39/14), 2nd: 1.889 (34/18), 3rd: 1.360 (34/25), 4th: 1.107 (31/28), 5th: 0.963 (26/27)
Final reduction ratio - 2.063 (66/32)
Clutch - Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame Type - Double-cradle, steel
Wheel travel - front: 150 mm, rear: 100 mm
Tyre - front: 130/90-16M/C 67H, rear: 180/70-15M/C 76H
Caster (rake) - 32°
Trail - 164 mm
Steering angle (left/right) - 38°/38°
Suspension - Front: Type, 41 mm telescopic fork, Rear: Type Uni-Trak
Spring preload 7-way
Brakes - Front: Type, Single 300 mm disc Caliper Twin-piston
Rear: Type, Single 270 mm disc Caliper Twin-piston
Wheelbase - 1,650 mm
Fuel capacity - 18 litres
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.