The Mean Streak is Kawasaki's latest edition to a line of 1500cc V-twin-driven cruisers that dates back to 1987, and it's also a contestant in the current V-twin performance cruiser clash, which includes Harley's V-Rod, Honda's burly VTX and Yamaha's Road Star-derived Warrior. The Mean Streak's release into the mosh pit was shadowed by Harley's delivery of its futuristic 1100cc hyper cruiser. Folks were bumping into this newest Kawasaki Vulcan on their dealer's floor though, and desperately wanted to know more than the magazines had been able to find time to tell. We did perform a full test (October 2001 issue) and found the Mean Streak agreeable and well appointed, although not as strong as the V-Rod, VTX or Warrior when it came to off-the-line grunt. The result felt unfortunate to me. Yes, this new class asked to be judged in dyno graphs and dragstrip data, but should sheer output undermine all the other niceties we like in our cruisers? The Mean Streak was the most comfortable and one of the most well finished of the new class, not to mention the performance cruiser with the lowest MSRP ($10,999), yet it was coming out the underdog amidst the more aggressive designs.