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2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800.

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).

The first Vulcan 800, also known as the VN800A, was introduced in 1995 and featured a Softail design with a bobbed rear fender and large front wheel.  It had an 805 cc liquid-cooled four valves per cylinder V-twin with a five-speed transmission with optional slap shift.

The later, retro-styled VN800B debuted a year later in 1996 and featured full fenders and 16” front and rear wheels. Both of these Vulcan 800 models were discontinued in 2006 after the VN900 was introduced.

Maintenance Schedule for 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800.

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 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 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:
Idle speed–adjust
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance – check †
Air cleaner element –clean
Fuel system–check
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Non-Emission Related:
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
Oil screen – clean
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change
KSwingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage — lubricate
KBrake camshaft – lubricate2 years
KCoolant–change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †year
KSteering stem bearing–lubricateyear
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 300 km (200 mi)
Drive chain slack – check † #Every 800 km (500 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 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800

The 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tube-type):


  • 80/90-21 48H
  • DUNLOP D404F


  • 140/90-16 71H
  • DUNLOP D404

The manual for the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: Up to 97.5 kg (215 lb) load – 200 kPa/28 psi
  • Rear: 97.5 – 181 kg (215-399 lb) load – 225 kPa/32 psi

General information about the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800

With a nostalgic look of the ’50s, the Vulcan 800 features deeply balanced fenders and a big, fat front tire on the spoked front wheel. Chromed covers enhance the fork downtubes and are topped off by a large chromed headlight housing, while a tank-mounted speedometer gives it a custom look. The low-stepped seat adds to the low cruiser look and provides feet-on-the-ground comfort and stability when stopped.

Powering the Vulcan 800 Classic is a rubber-mounted 805cc V-twin engine, featuring a single-pin crankshaft with a gear-driven balancer to reduce vibration. Finned cylinders and four-valve heads are liquid cooled for optimum thermal control. Concealed automatic cam chain tensioners preserve the engine’s clean lines and allow precise cam timing without maintenance. A spin-on oil filter helps make maintenance a quick and easy job.

The 36mm Keihin carburetor is equipped with an accelerator pump for a quick throttle response. To take advantage of the engine’s broad torque curve, the five-speed transmission produces strong acceleration and a relaxed engine pace at highway speeds. The transmission also features Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder, which simplifies finding neutral while at a stop.

Manual for the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800.
User manual screenshot for the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800, which is available here.

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