Start a New Search

Looking for a specific make, model or year of motorcycle, and how it compares to the competition? Looking to design your own? Use our Bike Finder, below, to get everything you need.

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic

User Rating Motorcycle.com 75 of 102
2008 Cruiser

 

Overall
Performance
Quality & Reliability
Ride & Comfort
Value
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic pictures, prices, information, and specifications. Below is the information on the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic. If you would like to get a quote on a new 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other Cruiser motorcycles.

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic Specifications

Motorcycle Insurance:

Identification
Model Type  Cruiser
BASE MSRP(US)  $9,699.00
Dealers Kawasaki Dealers
Warranty  12
Insurance
Finance
Engine:  
Engine Type  V Twin
Cylinders  2
Engine Stroke  4-Stroke
Torque (Ft Lbs/Nm)  84.6 / 114.7
Torque RPM  2800
Cooling  Liquid / Air
Valves  8
Valves Per Cylinder  4
Valve Configuration  SOHC
Bore (mm/in)  102 / 4.02
Stroke (mm/in)  90 / 3.55
Displacement (cc/ci)  1470 / 89.7
Compression Ratio  9.0:1
Starter  Electric
Fuel Requirements  Regular
Fuel Type  Gas
Carburetion Brand  Keihin
Fuel Injector  Yes
Fuel Injector Size (mm)  36
Carburetor  No
Carburetion Type  Fuel Injected
Transmission:  
Transmission Type  Manual
Number Of Speeds  5
Overdrive  Yes
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)  Shaft
Reverse  No
Wheels & Tires:  
Wheels Composition  Steel
Tube / Tubeless  Tubed
Chromed  Yes
Front Tire Width  130
Front Tire Aspect Ratio  90
Front Wheel Diameter  16
Rear Tire Width  150
Rear Tire Aspect Ratio  80
Rear Wheel Diameter  16
Front Tire (Full Spec)  130/90 R16
Rear Tire (Full Spec)  150/80 R16
Brakes:  
Front Brake Type  Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)  11.8 / 300
Rear Brake Type  Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm)  10.6 / 270
Suspension:  
Front Suspension Type  Telescopic Fork
Front Suspension Size (in/mm)  1.6 / 41
Front Travel (in/mm)  5.9 / 149.9
Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load  No
Front Adjustable Rebound Damping  No
Front Central Suspension Strut  No
Steering Damper  No
Rear Suspension Type  Twin Sided Swing Arm
Rear Travel (in/mm)  3.4 / 86.4
Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load  Yes
Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping  No
Number Rear Shock Absorbers  2
Rear Suspension Material  Steel
Air Adjustable  No
Steering:  
Steering Control  Handlebar
Technical Specifications:  
Length (ft)  8.22
Width (in/mm)  39.2 / 995.7
Height (in/mm)  44.9 / 1140.5
Wheelbase (in/mm)  65.6 / 1666.2
Length (ft/ft)  8
Length (ft/in)  2.6
Dry Weight (lbs/kg)  659 / 298.9
Fuel Capacity (gal/l)  5 / 18.9
Engine Displacement to Weight (cc)  2.23
Seats:  
Seat Type  Two-Piece
Adjustable  No
Seat Material  Vinyl
Seat Location  Driver and Passenger
Folding  No
Seat Height (in/mm)  27.6 / 701
Number Of Seats  2
Detachable Passenger Seat  Standard
Grab Rail or Strap  Standard
Exterior:  
Frame  Steel
Floor Board Location  Driver
Hand Grips  Standard
Foot Peg Location  Passenger
Adjustable  No
Chain Guard  No
Engine Case Guard  Yes
Fork Guards  No
Saddle Bag Guard  No
Belt Guard  No
Hand Guards  No
Brush Guard  No
Heel Guards  No
Light Guard  No
Side Cover  Yes
Front Fender  Standard
Rear Fender  Standard
Stand Type  Kick
Handlebars  Standard
Instrumentation:  
Digital Instrumentation  Standard
Clock  Standard
Trip Odometer  Standard
Speedometer  Standard
Temperature Warning Type  Light
Fuel Level Warning Type  Gauge
Pricing:  
Warranty (Months/Condition)  12 / Limited
Identification:  
Generic Type (Primary)  Cruiser
Manufacturer Country  Japan
Parent Company  Kawasaki
Display Name  Vulcan® 1500 Classic
Paint & Finish:  
Metallic  No
Lights:  
Halogen Headlight (s)  Standard
Headlight (s)  Standard
Type  Halogen
Glass:  
Rearview Mirrors  Standard

Motorcycle Insurance:

 

Tip
Build Your Own Compare Standard Specs

View All Photos and Videos 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic Photos & Videos

previous
next
Upload Photos Upload Videos
Write a Review: Got something to say?
The 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic
is Rated #75 of 102 2008 Cruiser
Agree, Disagree?
Write a Review and rate the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic. Your review and rating will help rank 2008 Cruiser.
Recent 2008 Cruiser Reviews

View Detailed Reviews2008 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1500 Classic Reviews

Great Scoot
By Alfred Lynch(Enthusiast), Mar. 25, 2009
My brother in law bought an 04 1500 Classic, which I rode, and wow did I fall in love with a motorcycle. This bike is probably the best bang for your buck in the motorcycle world. No valve maintenance, fuel injection, and enclosed shaft final drive. What more could you want in a scoot. Just awesome.... Read Full Review

 

Overall
Performance
Quality & Reliability
Ride & Comfort
Value
Did you find this review useful? YES NO
2008 Kawasaki VN1500 is a Great Cruiser
By JB(Owner), Apr. 3, 2010
The 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 is one great bike. I bought the 2008 VN1500 a year ago (March 2009) and it has met my every expectation and then some.

The 1500 cc engine has plenty of power for “two up” riding and allows for smooth cruising with ample muscle to move when you need it to. The “heel /... Read Full Review

 

Overall
Performance
Quality & Reliability
Ride & Comfort
Value
Did you find this review useful? YES NO
A Great Bike at a Good Price
By Chris(Owner), May. 4, 2011
I have owned my Vulcan 1500 Classic for 3 years this month. This was my first bike and I am very happy with it. It has plenty of power and is a comfortable ride. I have some physical back issues, and this bike is more comfortable than most cars I ride in. Read Full Review

 

Overall
Performance
Quality & Reliability
Ride & Comfort
Value
Did you find this review useful? YES NO
New 2008 first ever
By bob Hill(Owner), Mar. 10, 2010
Right out of the box . unlike a car it did not come with the new smell but it only had like 1 km on the bike. Cool! The first season had to break it in. 5000 km later. learned alot about driving a 800 lb bike. riding like a enduro bike is not happening. Next season 3000km trek through Northern ontar... Read Full Review

 

Overall
Performance
Quality & Reliability
Ride & Comfort
Value
Did you find this review useful? YES NO
VN1500 = Great Cruiser
By Jack B(Owner), Apr. 4, 2010
If you are looking for a great cruiser the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is a first-rate choice. It is a classic bike with the power and comfort you should expect from a cruiser. I have had the VN1500 just over a year now and it has meets or exceeds my every expectation. I wanted a cruiser that... Read Full Review

 

Overall
Performance
Quality & Reliability
Ride & Comfort
Value
Did you find this review useful? YES NO
1-5 of 6 Reviews
Write a Review Upload Photos Upload Videos

Find a Motorcycle Dealer

Interested in buying a new motorcycle? Find a Kawasaki Motorcycle Dealer now!
Find a Dealer

Motorcycle Insurance

Motorcycle Financing

Financing is one way to purchase a new motorcycle. There are various lenders available, as well as factory financing. You can receive fast,free online quotes.