The 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 is a middleweight cruiser that’s a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable and affordable motorcycle. It’s widely regarded as one of the best “all-around” motorcycles of the last few decades. You get the look and feel of a cruiser motorcycle without the heavy price tag. This bike is perfect for any new motorcyclists looking to upgrade their beginner bike to something bigger and badder.
Classic Styling, Comfortable Riding Position, Entry Level Cruiser, Reliable, & Good for Short Riders
No 6th Gear & Uncomfortable Stock Seat
No major upgrades
The Vulcan 900 design has remained fundamentally the same for the last 16 years. The last major upgrade done to the model was in 2006. For some, that fact might make you think this bike is outdated or obsolete, but we know that keeping this bike consistent for nearly two decades just means that it repeatedly lives up to the hype and keeps bikers continually coming back.
The Vulcan 900 features a relaxed riding position and comfortable seat making it ideal for long-distance easy riding. It also features a standard passenger seat perfect for whoever wants to ride along with you on your next road trip.
If you’re in the market for a big, powerful, user-friendly bike for your long-distance riding endeavors, then the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 might just be the perfect motorcycle for you.
As we stated prior, the Kawasaki hasn’t made any major mechanical upgrades to the Vulcan 900 since 2006. The primary differences between the new 2022 model and the previous years have been cosmetic changes and a few small mechanical improvements based on rider feedback from the previous years.
The 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 lineup contains 3 different models, the Vulcan 900 Classic, Vulcan 900 Classic LT, and the Vulcan 900 Custom. All three bikes are very similar with a few changes here and there, so let's break it down, shall we?
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic - The Vulcan 900 Classic is the base model. It comes in two color variations, Metallic Dark Green and Pearl Robotic White.
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT - The Vulcan 900 Classic LT is about a grand more expensive and comes in the colors of Pearl Nightshade Teal and Metallic Graphite Gray. The bike also features a studded seat, windshield, saddlebags, and passenger backrest. If you’re debating between the Classic and the Classic LT, something to consider is purchasing the classic model and then spending the difference on accessories and modifications. That way you can perfectly customize the bike to your style.
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom - The Vulcan 900 Custom also comes in two color options, Pearl Robotic White and Pearl Nightshade Teal. The Custom is just a sportier version of the Classic model. There is a debate among riders over which bike is better for long distances and the general consensus is to take the Classic on your road trips, not to say the Custom can’t handle it, but bikers don’t generally like to clutter up their sporty style bikes with saddlebags and other storage options that are needed on a long trip.
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic - $8,499
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT - $9,499
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom - $8,999
The Vulcan 900 looks incredibly similar to Harley’s Softail model. The primary difference between the two bikes is the engine size and the price point, both being bigger in the Softail. Although the bikes are very comparable, they tend to attract different riders.
The Boulevard is a very good match for the Vulcan. The primary difference between the two bikes is cosmetic and the fact that the Boulevard only has 805 cc compared to the Vulcans 903 cc. But other than that the motorcycles are priced very similarly. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced cruiser the Suzuki might be a good option for you.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 doesn’t come with many of the standard safety features that we are used to seeing in modern bikes. All models feature a pass switch and the Road and Cruise riding modes. The Custom model has a few additional features such as an engine check warning and side reflectors.