The Classic was rolled out for 1996. The same basic engine with its single-pin crankshaft and vibration-canceling counterbalancer was employed, but it had been reconfigured with a single 40mm carb, lower (8.55:1) compression, milder cams and an exhaust system that exited the front of the front cylinder and the rear of the rear cylinder. The pipes were one component in the Classic’s cleaner, longer, lower, wider style that made it an instant hit. The Classic started out with four speeds but a five-speed was introduced for 1998. The chassis was completely different than the Vulcan 88’s, and it was a huge leap forward for the designers. Fat fork legs, wide wire wheels, tank-top instruments, floorboards, broad fenders with pretty curves and classic American proportions all helped to make the 1500 Classic an immediate success.