Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak

Calvin Kim
by Calvin Kim
Today, Kawasaki released to us information and photos on a bike that they hope will garner them a greater share of the rapidly evolving cruiser market. Though we'll have a full story on the bike later this week, here's a quick glance.

Kawasaki's literature refers to this new 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak as "a down-and-dirty streetfighter that's been blessed with sportbike soul." The 'Streak is based on the long-running Vulcan cruiser line, though it has undergone a number of engine and chassis modifications that Kawasaki hopes will allow it to be a "high-performance motorcycle" that is "steeped in style."

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Breifly, the Mean Streak retains the same 1470 cc motor (102 x 90millimeter) as used in previous Vulcans, though this newest iterationfeatures such changes as a new camshaft design, larger intake and exhaust valves as well as dual 40 mm throttle bodies. These changes are claimed to produce a 10 percent increase in power over previous models.

Other changes include geometry alterations such as a wheelbase that is 1.5 inches longer than previous Vulcans. The new bike also features inverted front forks designed specifically for this application, as well as brake calipers straight from the ZX-9R sport bike.

Again, look for more details and photos of this bike soon.

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