This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic 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:
- 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
- 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
- 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
- Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic FI
The Vulcan 1500 Classic has a 1,470 cc (90 cu in) liquid-cooled SOHC 50° V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft paired with a 5-Speed transmission. It has a 27.6-inch (700 mm) seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards.
Maintenance Schedule for 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic.
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 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.
Periodic Maintenance Chart
|Operation||Every||1000 km (600 mi)||6000 km (4000 mi)||12000 km (7500 mi)||18000 km (12000 mi)||24000 km (15000 mi)||30000 km (20000 mi)||36000 km (24000 mi)|
|Idle speed–check †||•||•||•||•|
|Throttle control sysytem–check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Spark plug–clean and gap †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air suction valve – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Air cleaner element–clean †#||•||•||•|
|Evaporative emission control system (Cal) – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake/clutch hoses, connections – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake light switch – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake pad wear – check †#||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Brake/clutch fluid level – check †||month||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Brake/clutch fluid – change||2 years||•|
|K||Fuel hose, connections – check||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|K||Steering –check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Final gear case oil level – check †||•||•||•|
|Final gear case oil – change||•||•|
|K||Propeller shaft joint – lubricate||•||•|
|Nut, bolt, fastener tightness – check †||•||•||•||•|
|K||Spoke tightness and rim runout – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Tire wear – check †||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Engine oil – change #||6 months||•||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Oil filter – replace||•||•||•||•|
|General lubrication – perform||•||•||•|
|K||Front fork oil – change||2 years||•|
|Front fork oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †||•||•||•|
|K||Swingarm pivot – lubricate||•||•|
|K||Coolant – change||2 years||•|
|Radiator hoses, connectinos – check †||•|
|K||Steering stem bearing – lubricate||2 years||•|
|K||Brake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal – replace||4 years|
|K||Caliper piston seal and dust seal – replace||4 years|
|K||Clutch slave cylinder piston seal – repalce||4 years|
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.
#: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
(Cal): California model only
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
The 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tube type):
- Size: 130/90-16 67H
- BRIDGESTONE “EXEDRA G703 L”
- DUNLOP “D404FU”
- Size: 150/80 B16 M/C 71H
- BRIDGESTONE “EXEDRA G702 L”
- DUNLOP “D404L”
The manual for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):
- Front (up to 183 kg load [403 lbs): 200 kPa/28 psi
- Rear (up to 97.5 kg Load [215 lb]): 250 kPa/36 psi
- Rear (97.5-183 kg load [215-403 lb]): 280kPa/40psi
General information about the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
The heart of the Kawasaki 2008 1500 Classic is its 90-cubic inch fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC V-twin engine that features elegantly sculpted cylinders and polished cooling fins. The engine is rubber-mounted and has a gear-driven engine balancer to smooth the vibrations –well enough to allow the use of a single-pin crank, which helps it produce a distinct V-twin rumble.
The classic cruiser look is long and low, which is exactly how the Vulcan 1500 Classic’s chassis is designed. An extra-low 27.6-inch seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards, and plush suspension system add up to a comfortable ride aboard the 1500 Classic. The speedometer, fuel gauge, and warning lamps are located on a center console atop the wide 5.0-gallon fuel tank. A large-diameter, chrome halogen headlight illuminates the open road and adds to the Classic’s distinctive appearance.
Mated to a five-speed transmission, with Kawasaki’s Positive Neutral Finder, the gearing and the EFI V-twin power combination delivers the perfect mix for city street riding and effortless highway cruising. Available in solid Ebony, the 2008 Vulcan 1500 Classic can be customized with a wide variety of authentic Kawasaki accessories.
Manual for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2006-2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic, which is available here.