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2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD.

The Kawasaki Vulcan is a cruiser style motorcycle. The Vulcan name has been used for custom or cruiser motorcycles since 1984, model designation VN, using mostly V-twin engines ranging from 125 to 2,053 cc (7.6 to 125.3 cu in).

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
  • 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD

The Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD power is provided by a 4-Stroke, 498cc, Liquid cooled, DOHC, Parallel Twin engine with Electric starter. The engine is paired with a 6-Speed transmission and total fuel capacity is 4 gallons.

Maintenance Schedule for 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

OperationEvery800 km (500 mi)5000 km (3000 mi)10000 km (6000 mi)15000 km (9000 mi)20000 km (12000 mi)25000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18000 mi)
Emission Related:
Carburetor synchronization — check †
Idle speed–adjust
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance–check †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element –clean
Air cleaner element –replace5 cleanings
Fuel system–check
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Non-Emission Related:
Battery elecrolyte level – check †month
Brake play – check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake lining or pad wear– check †
Brake fluid level — check †month
KBrake fluid – change2 years
Clutch – adjust
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
KSpoke tightness and rim runout – check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–changeyear
Oil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change
KSwingarm pivot — lubricate
KBrake camshaft – lubricate2 years
KCoolant–change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †year
KSteering stem bearing–lubricate2 years
KMaster cylinder cup and dust seal–replace2 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal–replace2 years
KBrake cable – replace2 years
KBrake hose –replace4 years
KFuel hose–replace4 years
Drive chain–lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Dive chain slack–check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
†: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
(c): California model only
#: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD

The 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:


  • 100/90-19M/C 57S
  • DUNLOP D404F


  • 140/90-15M/C 70S
  • DUNLOP D404

The manual for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 200 kPa/28 psi
  • Rear: 225 kPa/32 psi

General information about the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD

The 2009 year model is powered by a 498cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, eight-valve parallel twin-engine, a sharp front fender curved around a 19-inch front wheel, quick-grab handlebars, and a one-piece seat. The teardrop tank with the speedometer, turn signal indicators and caution lamps being mounted on it compensates for the engine configuration.

The automatic cam chain tensioner maintains precise timing without maintenance, cam chain runs quietly and reliably. Gear-driven balancer reduces engine vibration for a super-smooth ride. A 32mm CVK semi-flat slide carburetors quick throttle response, precise fuel metering provides uniform power delivery at all engine speeds. The straight-flow exhaust designed to boost low and mid-range power, tuned pipes enhance low-speed pulling power.

The S\single piston pin-slide caliper produces quick, sure stops. Tank-mounted speedometer with turn signal indicators and caution lamps gives needed information at a glance, compact design complements the bike’s clean look. Chrome-plated wire spoke wheels narrow 100/90-19 front tire and beefy 140/90-15 rear tire fits the LTD’s traditional cruiser styling. The 2009 Vulcan 500 LTD comes with an affordable starting price of $5,499.

Manual for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD.
User manual screenshot for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD, which is available here.

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