The front brake is not very powerful to the point that the rear feels as if it has more stopping authority than the front. It is super low maintenance. From the styling to the handling, power delivery and braking performance, the Mean Streak is about balance. The wide bars and upright seating position lend themselves to a feeling of control. Equipment 3 out of 5 The tank-mounted dash is fairly basic, but looks the part, plus wide bars, a low seat and plenty of sleek chrome round it off. Ran from 2001 — 2004.
Which is a bugger when your bike has an alarm. From right off idle the motor pulls strongly and cleanly. They gave him an early 1995 Classic and the drawing and turned him loose. Yes Review Date: 20th July, 2006 Purchased my 91 Vulcan 1500 with 45000 miles 54000 miles now. The evaluation of styling is always subjective, to some extent, but the Mean Streak received virtually unanimous praise from observers.
There are suspension modifications and the bike goes from a 4- to 5-speed transmission. The fenders, of course, are what people notice first, and they draw the most comments. Looking to buy your next bike? Not impressive for the size of the engine. They are also covered with a vibration absorbing rubber, that aids rider comfort, and provides traction. Enough low end torque to pull up the pavement beneath it. Perhaps most telling, we enjoyed the Vulcan so much that we were way late in returning her.
Following the 2005 model release, the 1500 Drifter was retired from the Kawasaki stable. You are making a difference to millions of riders worldwide. Kawasaki claims an honest rear-wheel figure of 85 foot-pounds at 2,500 rpm, and I believe it. The rear suspension is handled by a pair of air-adjustable shocks. Kawasaki offered as accessories which could be added to the bike to enhance its appearance, while also serving a functional purpose. Original 600 mile service at 600 miles by a dealer. The floorboards are equally as friendly.
Any ZillaCash you earn is automatically applied to the next purchase, so you can sit back, enjoy the ride and feel the savings blow through your hair. Nice wide sweepers are more this bikes forte. They are nonadjustable and a bit soft for my taste. Almost every major manufacturer of motorcycles offers something with an eye to the past. It seems from fashion wear to cars the American public has bought into retro styles that were the best and the worst of previous decades.
Despite its 1940s appearance, the Drifter is powered by a fuel-injected 1470 cc delivering power by a five-speed featuring an automatic neutral finder. Engine 4 out of 5 A rubber-mounted, v-twin, oozing with thunderous torque, it hauls this heavyweight around with a seeming lack of effort. These engine changes, coupled with a re-designed, close-ratio transmission, result in a motorcycle that accelerates briskly and smoothly, with no apparent dips or peaks in the power delivery. The nonadjustable front fork is beautiful, with its retro blacked-out finish. Suspension is a set of conventional 41mm forks out front. Its lighter-weight counterpart, the , introduced in 2000, remained in production for one more year before it too ceased production.
The motor does all of its best work on low end of town. The brakes are a single disks front and rear. Brakes, front: Single 300mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper Brakes, rear: Single 270mm hydraulic disc Overall length: 98. Yes Review Date: 11th March, 2007 Faults: The front shocks are weak, resulting in frequent re-springing, oil leaks around the boots and occasional bottoming out, resulting in a dent in fender. Insurance group: 12 of 17 — compare quotes now. It does everything well and has that intangible element that is hard to engineer — character. It features 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooling and best of all fuel injection.
Simply pick any gear, twist the throttle, and you are gone. The transmission shifts smoothly but requires a fairly firm nudge from your left foot. Faults: Not one single thing. Where does the Mean Streak belong, category-wise? But that's to be expected. The bike is just plain fun to ride with a pleasing exhaust note , and confidence inspiring in a way that stock cruisers have not been in the past. The seat is extremely soft, yet supports well on long trips.