Shozo Kawasaki as a young man, has been in trade business with sugar, which is why he had to travel around the world. He noticed that the Japanese ships are in much worse shape than European ones, and decided to manufacture its own ships. In April 1876, Japanese Government gives him the land on which Shozo sets up a company – Kawasaki Tsukiji. With the help of the Japanese finance minister, in 1894 he manages to obtain a permit for the transport of goods in major Japanese routes. In 1897 they made the highest number of ships and over the next 15 years improved their production to the point that they began to compete with European ships. Today, Kawasaki shipyard produces ships for transportation of liquefied petroleum gas.
In 1906 Mr. Kawasaki founded the firm HYOGO WORKS which initially produced locomotives and freight trucks, and then perfected the production of airplanes, only 15 years after the first flight of the Wright brothers.
In fifties of the 20 th century, Japan experienced a major development….Shozo Kawasaki decided to manufacture motorcycles. However, this is not the first attempt of Kawasaki. In 1924. they tried to produce motorcycles, but because of the small interest, production was discontinued.
After several failed attempts breaking to the motorcycles scene in 1960. under the patronage of Kawasaki Aircraft Co., first motorcycle had been manufactured – “New Ace” with 125 ccm two- stroke engine. To the possession of know-how and technology Kawasaki group came, purchasing the oldest Japanese motorcycle factory – Meguro Motorcycles. During six years of successful sales with 125 ccm engines, factory portfolio had been gradually enriched by more powerful models ( W1, A1, A7 Avenger ).
In 1969. Kawasaki catches up with the competition producing a model “H1”, with an engine of 500 ccm, known as “Mach III”. Kawasaki started a true revolution, launching model Z with 903 ccm, which, thanks to uncompromising performance, quickly had been dubbed – the king of motorcycles. Three years later, refreshed “Z900” arrived. At the end of the seventies factory in Akashi launched “Z 1000”, and soon after, in 1978….the legendary “Z 1300”.
Kawasaki as other large motorcycle corporations, followed the trend of cruiser production. Very much different in relation to the others, in the sense that they always tried to make a strong one, if possible, the strongest “monsters” ( just a reminder….several times they were at the top in terms of the fastest serial motorcycles in the world ). So in this category Kawasaki is also significantly different from its competition. This category, for years, adorns a series of cruisers justifiably called “Vulcan”. Previous story has been told because we have found and bought the 2007. model Kawasaki VN 900 Custom.
With attractive and impressive look, wide rear tire, narrow front tire, great steering quality, decent volume, the VN 900 Custom easily can fight with the most capacitated models of this category, of which it is much more affordable.
Living too fast, we forgot to enjoy small things, such as seeing great scenery while traveling. Technological development has imposed a struggle and competition in as fast and powerful motorcycles, which, besides enjoying the power, do not allow the user to enjoy, for example, to some natural beauty that awaits us just behind the next curve. In the world of motorcycles – our world – the best way to discover these small, but so important driving pleasures, is the “custom / cruiser” orientation. The new “custom / cruiser” from Akashi, with its appearance, wins various fans of this motorcycle category. Powerful, mobile, manageable, relaxed……
Attractive slopes, which it takes from „stronger brothers“ ( for example VN 2000), radiate with strength and massiveness, although it is actually a very sophisticated and cool motorcycle.
What’s new in comparison to other models of the “Vulcan” series are a oxen-shaped steering wheel, front fender that far more extends to the front wheel, while the rear end is embodied in the custom style of the 1950’s, as broad as on the VN 2000, but elegantly narrowed backwards. The reservoir was built in the form of rain drop and a complete dashboard has been incorporated into it, which contains all the necessary information for the driver (even a fuel gauge, which is rare for this category of motorcycles). With a very lively engine, digital ignition, electronic fuel injection, this brilliant motorcycle evenly develops its strength. This force is transmitted to the rear wheel through the belt, which is naturally easier to maintain than the chain, and it is softer than the shaft. The position of the seat in relation to the steering wheel is such that the driver can carry a great distance without any fatigue, which each cruiser should provide, but our experience with other cruisers does not always confirm previously mentioned. This also means that in city driving, VN quite easily adopts all the challenges of crowd and maneuvering activities that this environment requires. The investment in this motorcycle is placed at the very top of the one’s we can call the “best price-quality ratio” investment.
All in all, the Kawasaki combination of modern and traditional has produced this splendid and unusually attractive motorcycle. There is so much more about this motorcycle that we would like to share with you, our dear customers, but on the other hand, we want for you alone to discover something new with this motorcycle too. Therefore, we are pleased to introduce Kawasaki VN 900 Custom. Produced in 2007. Through pictures and specifications, enjoy the offered model.
|Model||Kawasaki VN 900 Custom|
|Engine type||V-twin cylinder, four-stroke|
|Power||37 kW / 50 KS|
|Top Speed||169 km/h|
|Bore x stroke||88 x 74,2 mm|
|Transmission type, final drive||Belt|
|Front brakes||Single disc|
|Rear brakes||Single disc|
|Weight incl. oil, gas, etc.||277 kg|