Monthly Archives October 2006

The Vulcan Classic

Here are a few pictures of my Kawasaki Vulcan Classic. I’ve spent a lot of time on it, customizing it to my taste… I’m very proud of my bike, and ride it nearly every day. It has gone through many different looks since 1998, and the pic of it below was taken in the spring of 2005.

[bullet] Within this website, you’ll no doubt notice that I’ve added a lot of “non-Vulcan” stuff to my scooter. Contrary to a few notes I’ve received, I’m _not_ trying to make my Vulcan look like a Harley, but I have a lot of fun modifying or building parts to customize my bike as opposed to buying “bolt-on” goodies (it’s often cheaper, too!). It makes my scoot a little more personalized, and is just another part of the hobby. There are Zillions of neat sparkle parts (manufactured by Nempco, Custom Chrome, Drag Specialties, Chrome Specialties, etc) for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their variants, so I’m often browsing the local bike shops and catalogs for another piece to hack on…

[bullet] Even though this bike is manufactured by Kawasaki, it’s built in Lincoln Nebraska. Yep, American made. Kawasaki is no ‘Johnny come lately’ in the motorcycle industry, having been in business since 1878 with motorcycle lineage dating back to 1924. I’m collecting info now, to try and build a little ‘Kawasaki History’ page here…

[bullet] If you live in or around NC, and are interested in a somewhat localized mailing list about NC riding weather, local runs, and Kawasaki Vulcans/Nomads/Drifter, subscribe to the ‘NC Vulcan Mailing List’ on the NCVulcan Website at

[bullet] Here’s another view of my scoot, taken since I just added a few more goodies… I get much of my stuff from Scootworks in North Carolina. They have great prices on all sorts of stuff! You can visit the website above, email them at [email protected], or you can call them at: (919)269-0986.

[bullet] Below is a picture I snapped, while cruising through the Florida Keys on a ride in May of 2000. I held the camera down alongside the Hypercharger on my engine. You can just make out some of the scoots up ahead of me…

[bullet] The Vulcan was actually designed by John Hoover when he worked for Kawasaki, in a computer simulation that morphed a 1941 Indian Motorcycle image to see what it _might have_ looked like today, if Indian had stayed in business throughout the evolution of Cruisers as we know them. He plugged in the styling trends that most companies followed over the last several decades, and the result was my beloved Vulcan Classic. Cool!

[bullet] Anyway, this website is about my Vulcan Classic and modifications that I’ve done to it, modifications that other Vulcan Owners have done to their scoots, and other Vulcan related links and info. Enjoy!

[bullet] Email me with your input and ideas at [email protected]