2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic

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  • Best value for your buck

    Feb 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality, Reliability, Handling.
    Cons: Stock seat is a joke. Wind buffeting if you have a windshield.

    Summary: My Vulcan Classic 800 is a 1997. Even though the bike is now 10 years old, and I'm up to 30,000 miles on it, I have had absolutely no problems or hick ups with it. This bike has more power than I need, yet is very economical on gas, (close to 50 MPG). ... read more

  • After 30 years wihout a bike........

    Dec 4, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Overall an EXCELLENT Cruiser. Great price, great looks, great handling
    Cons: First service (500 miles) very expensive.

    Summary: OK, so here's a review from a middle aged guy having his "Third childhood". I owned a Kawasaki 250cc "Street/Trail" for three years while I was living in Los Angeles in the early 1970's. I also had access to a 500cc "H1" 3 cylinder ... read more

  • Loving every minute of it!

    Aug 15, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, easy to learn on, comfortable ride, good fuel economy
    Cons: Exhaust not loud enough

    Summary: This is my first bike so I really don't have much experience on other bikes to compare it too, but I ... read more

  • Have your bike and enjoy it too!

    Apr 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sweet bike, great for the money! Cheaper, Better than HD
    Cons: Chain drive, add ons pricey, No tach.

    Summary: To start, this bike is great. It is my first brand new bike. I looked at the Shadow ACE, the Hugger 883, and this one. After riding this one, I loved it. First off, the price attracts you, then the test ride makes you fall in love. Everyone says ... read more

  • Not Impressed

    Oct 31, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful looking motorcycle
    Cons: carbs, lifters, NO POWER

    Summary: I fell in love with the looks and bought a 2001. I had problems from the start. Every corner it wanted to stall, Would even backfire on roll-on throttle up. Had it back to the dealer six times. Never did get fixed! Had lifter noise at about 1500 ... read more

  • I'VE BEEN WON OVER!!

    Apr 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Classic lines, power, value for the $.
    Cons: Hard to lube the chain with saddle bags and no center stand.

    Summary: I have been riding motorcycles for a few years now and in that time have had a variety of bikes. My favorite bike was a 1996 Yamaha Virago which I sold a couple of years ago to purchase a 1983 GL1100. I was not happy with my wing and wanted to get back ... read more

  • Great looks, sound, value

    Mar 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything! Great power, handling and comfort.
    Cons: Seat comfort after very long rides (100+ miles) is a little rough.

    Summary: I bought a 2000 Vulcan 800 Classic about 10 months ago and have put 2000 miles on it, mostly weekend riding. This bike handles superbly in almost every phase of riding. The other reviews talk about radiator fan noise and gearbox noise, but these ... read more

  • It really is a CLASSIC

    Sep 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great looks, handling, smooth ride, power
    Cons: Chain drive

    Summary: Not having a motorcycle for many years and not sure of the one to buy was a problem. The problem was solved once I visited the dealer. I sat on different types of Cruisers and the 800 Vulcan Classic fit me the best. I'm 5'9" and weigh 184. Took the ... read more

  • Best bike meets the worst seat

    Jun 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome styling. Great value. Lots of power for CC's. Great accessory selection
    Cons: Seat is worst I've ever seen. Wish it had shaft drive.

    Summary: When I began looking for a bike I visited all the dealers both in the showroom and on the internet. Because I am new to riding, and I did not want to break the bank, I decided to buy a middleweight bike (somewhere between 600 and 1000 CC's). I was ... read more

  • Girls Dream

    Dec 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Looks, Value for money & reliable
    Cons: Pillion seat, no back rest, placement of keys

    Summary: The Vulcan 800 Classic is a Girls Dream. Its low seat hight and well set up handle bars perfect for a female. Its fantastic good looks and value price are second to none. Its a big bike but big enough to handle in city traffic and down right fantastic ... read more

  • Classy

    Dec 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Smooooth ride, Classy looks!
    Cons: Terrible seat

    Summary: I bought this bike because it is just the right size for me & being a new rider I feel this bike was Custom made for me as well. I love the way this bike rides. It is so smooth in it's shifting and I ride in the NYC area and I have to say when you ... read more

  • VN800 Classic

    Nov 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Vibration Free Engine, Excellent Handling, Great MPG
    Cons: Chain Drive, Stock Seat, Rear Drum Brake

    Summary: I was never a cruiser fan until I broke my leg, and limited movement meant this was the only type of machine I could ride. However, after trying all the major marques, I bought my VN800B2 Classic new last year, and have not regretted it ... read more

  • Smooth Ride

    Oct 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Smooth comfortable ride
    Cons: none that I found

    Summary: I currently ride a 1997 Vulcan Classic 800, this motorcycle is a dream. Many people think that it is a Harley Davidson, it sound's like one and look's like one, but it is a Vulcan. The Vulcan has a very smooth ride and they are very comfortable, they do ... read more

  • Hate it...Love it!

    Oct 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Styling, power, price, handling
    Cons: fan, seat, clunky gearbox

    Summary: This is what I hate about the machine: (1)The radiator fan-this thing seems to run constantly and it is so loud I can hear it running even after I've gone in the house. The dealer tells me this is normal. (2) The seat- The stock seat is a ... read more

  • Truly a Classic

    Oct 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You can lean the bike over as far as you want.
    Cons: Without running boards, all the girls have burned their shoes on the exhaust.

    Summary: As a rider with over 12 years experience, when I decided to buy a new bike I realized that I expect to be riding for many years to come. With that in mind I decided to buy a bike that would meet my needs for quite a while. I considered larger ... read more

  • Best All rounder

    Sep 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality, Cost, Value
    Cons: Poor custom parts, seat, too low

    Summary: After 5 years with out a bike I made the jump and purchased a Classic 800 2000. The quality of the paint work and general looks of the bike as good as a Harley I go as far as to say with out question. Using the bike in day to day peek hour traffic is ... read more

  • Great Choice in Motorcycle

    Sep 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: smooth ride, mpg, reliability, looks
    Cons: 6 hour seat

    Summary: I am currently in the military and have been located in housing that is 20 miles from my place of work. I was in need of a cheap form of transportation to get too work. I went looking and I test drove the Vulcan 800 Classic. It was very smooth and ... read more

  • Sharp bike with plenty of power

    Jul 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Handling , Looks , Power
    Cons: seat aint great and bike could be louder

    Summary: I bought my Vulcan after becoming disgusted with Harley Davidson prices. I found that you can't buy a Harley anywhere near Manuf. suggested retail prices. I HAVE the money, and almost broke down and bought a HD, but came to my senses when ... read more

  • Kawasaki Cruising

    Jun 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: styling, gas mileage, low vibration
    Cons: low clearance, chain drive

    Summary: I've generally bought Japanese cruiser style motorcycles due to their excellent styling and reliability. The '97 Vulcan 800 Classic that I now have is a silky smooth ride even at 70 m.p.h. It has plenty of passing power on the highway and I've gotten ... read more

  • Its a Kaw!

    Mar 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great looks and a low price right out of the box.
    Cons: That good old V-twin vibration.

    Summary: Another strong and reliable powerplant, thanks Kawasaki! A great in-town and backroads cruiser, but a little numbing on the interstate. My 1998, purchased 1yr new@4K miles for 6K, equiped with deluxe riders seat w/backrest, passenger backrest, rear ... read more

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