2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

A custom-styled middleweight cruiser right from the factory.

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Kawasaki’s middleweight Vulcan 900s come in three variations, all of which roll with the same foundation, but each visually (and ergonomically) offer three completely different takes. Got that? Like its chunkier brothers, the Vulcan 900 Custom rolls with a 903cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, V-twin engine and a low seat height on a full-size hardtail-look frame, but it boasts far more street attitude, starting with a tall, narrow 21-inch front tire, moving back to the forward controls, and ending with blacked-out mufflers bracketing a fat rear tire. It looks completely different from the other two Vulcan 900s, with carefully shaped bodywork to seal the custom look.

2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom, Comparisons, And Competition

The 900 Custom delivers a surprisingly mellow ride with easy turn-in and good balance despite the big front wheel and 600-plus-pound weight, and our editors were all impressed with its manageable handling when they last rode it. As for competition, there’s not much in this class that’s arranged like the 900 Custom, though Yamaha’s Bolt comes close; in fact the Harley-Davidson Breakout is the only cruiser we can think of with similar geometry and tire sizes, though the H-D displaces twice as much (and more than doubles the price tag as well).

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2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Updates For 2020

As far as we can tell, Kawasaki hasn’t made any changes to the 900 Custom for the last 13 years, and the same is true for 2020, though you do get a new color option, a somewhat head-turning Metallic Matte Graphite Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black. MSRP is $8,499.

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2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Claimed Specifications

Price $8,499
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC V- twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement 903cc
Bore x Stroke 88.0 x 74.2.mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque 58.2 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Belt
Seat Height 27.0 in.
Rake 33.0°
Trail 7.2 in.
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork, 5.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension Monoshock; 4.1-in. travel
Front Tire 80/90-21
Rear Tire 180/70-15
Wheelbase 64.8 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Wet Weight 611 lb.