A I'm 5 foot 5 inches (maybe a bit shorter) and the
Vulcan 500 is a great beginner bike and very forgiving and not one to
easily outgrow. It also has 6 speeds not just 5 so getting her up to 90
isn't a problem, so interstate riding is very possible. My gas mileage
is ranging around 57 miles per gallon and she has a 4 gallon tank. She's
lightweight and very well priced, under $5000.00. and finding a good
used one isn't a problem either and they are also very well priced.
Here is a list of the specifications on the 2004 model:
Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, 8-valve parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 74.0 x 58.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Carburetion: Keihin CVK32 x 2
Ignition: Digital TCBI
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Double cradle, steel
Rake / trail: 33° / 5.9 in.
Suspension type, front: 41mm hydraulic fork
Suspension type, rear: Dual hydraulic shocks
Suspension adjustments, rear: 5-way adjustable spring preload
Wheel travel, front: 5.9 in
Wheel travel, rear: 3.9 in.
Tire, front: 100/90 x 19
Tire, rear: 140/90 x 15
Brakes, front / rear: Hydraulic disc / Mechanical drum
Overall length: 91.3 in.
Overall width: 32.7 in.
Overall height: 44.3 in
Ground clearance: 4.7 in.
Seat height: 28.1 in.
Dry weight: 439 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal.
Wheelbase: 62.8 in.
Color: Metallic Ruby Red
Features of the bike:
Twin-cylinder 498cc Engine
Compact parallel-twin design based on the NINJA® 500
sport bike engine
Special cam profiles and ample flywheel weight boost
Keeps operating temperatures consistent, resulting in
longer engine life
Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
Radiator hides between the frame down tubes
Four Valves per Cylinder
Better breathing for more power at high rpm
Compact combustion chamber for less detonation on today's
Boosts low-end torque
Microprocessor-controlled timing ultra-responsive to
Waterproof wiring connectors help prevent corrosion
Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner
Maintains precise timing without maintenance
Cam chain runs quietly, reliably
Assures greater reliability
Engine vibration is reduced for a super-smooth ride
High second and third gears allow more relaxed cruising
Allows engine's full potential to be utilized
Positive Neutral Finder
Just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to easily
A Kawasaki exclusive
32mm CVK Semi-flat Slide Carburetors
Quick throttle response
Precise fuel metering provides uniform power delivery at
Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier
Designed to boost low and mid-range power
Tuned pipes enhance low-speed pulling power
Single Disc Front Brake
Single piston pin-slide caliper produces quick, sure
Disc is drilled for better cooling and reduces unsprung
Tank-mounted Speedometer with Turn Signal Indicators and
Gives needed information at a glance
Compact design complements the bike's clean look
Laid-back riding comfort for two
Chrome-plated Wire Spoke Wheels
Narrow 100/90-19 front tire with a beefy 140/90-15 rear
tire complement the LTD's traditional cruiser styling
Efficient power to rear wheel
O-rings keep lube in, dirt out for longer chain life