First introduced in 1985 in a 699cc displacement and bumped to 749cc in ’86, the Vulcan 750 incorporates Kawasaki’s first four-stroke street engine that wasn’t the transverse in-line design seen in most sport bikes. Other than the bump in displacement, the 55-degree V-twin has remained relatively unchanged since its inception. Breathing through two 34mm constant-velocity carbs and four valves prodded by dual overhead cams, the Vulcan will give most of the cruising 750 Vs a run for the money. To avoid giving the Vulcan’s engine the top-heavy appearance that most DOHC twins have, Kawasaki used a combination of chains and gears to keep svelte, yet functional, heads. Low-maintenance hydraulic valve adjusters and shaft drive slim down the maintenance chores, as well. A gear-driven counterbalancer and rubber engine mounts give the Vulcan its characteristic smoothness. Kawasaki must have known it had a winner because, after 13 years, the Vulcan 750 still exists in a clearly recognizable form—and still sells strongly. Go ahead, take the Vulcan challenge. Hold a picture of the ’85 model next to a ’97 and try to tell them apart.