The Vulcan® 800 Drifter® cruiser evokes images of the 1940s, when stylists endowed the motorcycles and cars of the day with flowing curves and deep luxuriant colors to create works of art.
Modern-day motorcyclists will appreciate riding the 800 Drifter as much as they'll love its style. With the power of an 805cc V-twin engine, it features a single overhead cam and a single-pin crankshaft for that classic V-twin rumble, while a gear driven balancer helps to reduce vibration. Finned cylinders and four-valve heads are liquid-cooled for optimum thermal control. Concealed automatic cam chain tensioners preserve the engine's clean lines and maintain precise cam timing, while a spin-on oil filter helps make maintenance a quick and easy job.
The Drifter's 36mm carburetor features the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) throttle position sensor, which is connected to the digitally mapped ignition system. K-TRIC monitors throttle position and engine rpm, and controls ignition advance for the best power, fuel economy and detonation resistance.
At the rear of the single backbone, double-cradle frame is a sleek, triangulated steel swingarm and Kawasaki UNI-TRAK® linkage rear suspension system, which provide a smooth ride while maintaining the retro look of a hard tail cruiser. Front and rear disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power.
For comfort, the Drifter's specially contoured solo saddle is nice and low, allowing the rider to comfortably plant both feet on the ground at stops. Wide floorboards allow for a relaxed sitting position, a heel-toe shifter makes changing gears in the five-speed transmission a snap, and self-canceling turn signals add to rider convenience.
Finally, the generous use of chrome on the engine covers, bullet-shaped headlight shell, fork and shock covers, handlebar and clamp, rear fender rail, and license-plate bracket enhance the custom look.