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Reviewed on November 3, 2022

RV reviewed 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

5.0
3rd one I have had I have had others but always regret it . Just so smooth,powerful,well balanced comfortable the others look good but nothing compares to the ride. It puts a smile on my face every time I park it what a... read more
3rd one I have had I have had others but always regret it . Just so smooth,powerful,well balanced comfortable the others look good but nothing compares to the ride. It puts a smile on my face every time I park it what a ride!!!
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Reviewed on September 11, 2022

RV reviewed 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

5.0
I bought this 2003 Vulcan classic . In 2005 with 800 miles on it and now it's just term to 180000 miles files average gas mileage throughout the life of the bike has been between 36 and 40 miles to the gallon uses the gallon uses slight oil on long distance runs. Custom handlebars and custom C and... read more
I bought this 2003 Vulcan classic . In 2005 with 800 miles on it and now it's just term to 180000 miles files average gas mileage throughout the life of the bike has been between 36 and 40 miles to the gallon uses the gallon uses slight oil on long distance runs. Custom handlebars and custom C and I can ride this by coast to coast with no trouble have done 1300 miles nonstop on the longest trip and have had it to 48 of the States and 4 of the provinces in Canada with no trouble this is an amazing machine I love this bike and it will be hard to replace it.
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Reviewed on June 2, 2014

RV reviewed 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

5.0
The original bike was my first larger bike and I have purchased quite a few "add ons". The factory seat was a spine buster and after about every 40 miles had to get off for a realignment. The new seat took care of that issue, for front, back and backrest. The bike still sounds great and... read more
The original bike was my first larger bike and I have purchased quite a few "add ons". The factory seat was a spine buster and after about every 40 miles had to get off for a realignment. The new seat took care of that issue, for front, back and backrest. The bike still sounds great and runs good and I can still get a compliment or two on it. I'm starting to get an itch for a new Vulcan 1700 Nomad now so we'll see what the bank roll will allow.
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Reviewed on January 20, 2014

RV reviewed 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi view listing

5.0
OK, final review on this bike because it just died. It started running on one cylinder. After 122K I guess I can't blame it. Other than the motor, the bike is still in great shape and still looks good. I just put tires on it; bummer. I might try to find a motor. A rebuild is too expensive... read more
OK, final review on this bike because it just died. It started running on one cylinder. After 122K I guess I can't blame it. Other than the motor, the bike is still in great shape and still looks good. I just put tires on it; bummer. I might try to find a motor. A rebuild is too expensive for my taste. So the eleven-year saga ends. I guess I got my money's worth.
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Reviewed on July 1, 2013

RV reviewed 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

5.0
I've had my 1500 since I bought it new in 2008. It's been a great bike. It's reliable, comfortable and just plain good looking. I haven't had any issues with the 1500 although I did make a few changes for comfort's sake. My fuel mileage usually averages around 45 miles to the gallon with the... read more
I've had my 1500 since I bought it new in 2008. It's been a great bike. It's reliable, comfortable and just plain good looking. I haven't had any issues with the 1500 although I did make a few changes for comfort's sake. My fuel mileage usually averages around 45 miles to the gallon with the type of riding I do. When I replaced the original Bridgestones at 13,500 miles I used Dunlops just to see how they would hold up this time around. Although, I have to say I did like the Bridgestones. The bike does seem to use a little bit of oil and has since it was new. I usually have to add at least a half pint between oil changes. The stock exhaust is loud enough that I can hear it while traveling down the highway so I haven't changed it, at least not yet. I love the sound of V-twins and the stock bike sounds pretty sweet. I think this bike and I are going to have a very, very long relationship ahead of us!
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Reviewed on August 26, 2011

RV reviewed 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

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It's a nice overall package. It handles cross winds, has good low end power with 401 lbs. and the top end is 116 mph. Fuel mileage is 38-47 mpg., DIY maintenance is common sense and comfort is not an issue. I have done multiple long trips doing 450 miles a day with no aches, just sunburn. WOT... read more
It's a nice overall package. It handles cross winds, has good low end power with 401 lbs. and the top end is 116 mph. Fuel mileage is 38-47 mpg., DIY maintenance is common sense and comfort is not an issue. I have done multiple long trips doing 450 miles a day with no aches, just sunburn. WOT for miles on end is not an issue. She runs like a Kawasaki.
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Reviewed on October 25, 2010

RV reviewed 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi view listing

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I have had big Suzuki's, a Harley SuperGlide and a Honda Shadow. I didn't ride for 22 years and then I found this 2001 Classic Used with only 4300 miles when I bought it in September of 2010. It is now mid-October and I am in love with it. There's plenty of torque, it's easy starting and... read more
I have had big Suzuki's, a Harley SuperGlide and a Honda Shadow. I didn't ride for 22 years and then I found this 2001 Classic Used with only 4300 miles when I bought it in September of 2010. It is now mid-October and I am in love with it. There's plenty of torque, it's easy starting and beautiful to look at. The only thing is having to use the high dollar gasoline. I love this bike.
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Reviewed on September 23, 2010

RV reviewed 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

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I bought it new in 2006 and it's the best bike for long distance I have ever ridden. I did six to eight hours straight per day in the saddle on my Sturgis trip. No... read more
I bought it new in 2006 and it's the best bike for long distance I have ever ridden. I did six to eight hours straight per day in the saddle on my Sturgis trip. No problem!
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Reviewed on August 24, 2010

RV reviewed 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic view listing

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After not riding a bike for over 25 years I can't stay off this one. It's a nice ride, has plenty of power and it's a fun bike in town or on the highway. I put 800 miles on one trip to the U.P. It's a very smooth... read more
After not riding a bike for over 25 years I can't stay off this one. It's a nice ride, has plenty of power and it's a fun bike in town or on the highway. I put 800 miles on one trip to the U.P. It's a very smooth ride.
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Reviewed on June 20, 2010

RV reviewed 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi view listing

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I have had my 1500 Fi for four years and bought it with 17000 kms on the clock. I have taken it on some long 2400 km trips. It's super reliable and I only have changed the fluids and a rear tire. I have been looking around for something newer, but nothing out there that is worth the move from... read more
I have had my 1500 Fi for four years and bought it with 17000 kms on the clock. I have taken it on some long 2400 km trips. It's super reliable and I only have changed the fluids and a rear tire. I have been looking around for something newer, but nothing out there that is worth the move from this Vulcan. It's cheap to run. I have a Corbin Dual tour seat on it and lots of chrome. It is a great bike. I looked at the Harley's, but would be asking for trouble compared with this ride.
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