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2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic.

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:

  • 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic is powered by a 2,053 cc (125.3 cu in) 52° V-twin engine and 141 lb-ft (191 N⋅m) torque @ 3,000 rpm. The most apparent “bug-eye” chrome nacelle projection headlight first introduced in 2004 Vulcan. The Classic LT had an appearance similar to the Classic but added saddlebags, windshield, passenger floorboards, and passenger backrest to the offering.

Maintenance Schedule for 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 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 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic is broken into three sections: Engine Related Items, Chassis Related Items, and Change/Replacement Items.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

1. Periodic inspection (Engine Related Items)

Operation (Engine Items)
Every1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750 mi)36000 km (22500mi)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
KFuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
KFuel hoses damage –
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
Evaporative emission control system – function (California model only)
Air suction system damage
– inspect
Spark plug condition
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
KDrive belt deflection – inspect
KDrive belt wear- inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage –
Tire tread wear, abnormal
wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage –
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
KBrake hoses damage –
Brake pad wear – inspect #
KBrake hose installation
condition – inspect
Brake fluid level – inspect6 month
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber operation
(damping and smooth
stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber oil leak – inspect
Swing arm pivot – lubricate
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings –
2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches
operation – inspect
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation
– inspect
Engine stop switch
operation – inspect
Chassis parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness –
3. Periodic Replacement

Change/Replacement Items
Every1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
KAir cleaner element # – replaceevery 18000 km (12000 mile)
Engine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace4 years
KCoolant – change3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
KBrake hoses – replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
Spark plug – repalceevery 48000 km (30000 mile)


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
#: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

The 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tubeless type):


  • 150/80 R16 M/C 71V
  • DUNLOP “D251F”


  • 200/60 R16 M/C 79V
  • DUNLOP “D251”

The manual for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front (up to 185 kg load [408 lb]): 250 kPa/36 psi
  • Rear (up to 185 kg load [408 lb]): 290 kPa/42 psi

General information about the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

A traditional-style headlight, “buckhorn” handlebar bend, a plush passenger seat for increased comfort, and several smaller details are coupled with the same brawny features found on the Vulcan 2000. The Vulcan 2000 Classic’s massive V-Twin cylinders feature a black matte finish with polished cooling fins that provide dramatic contrast. A pushrod design reduces the 125 cubic inch engine’s height, which directly contributes to the 2000 Classic’s low center of gravity and relatively low seat height. 

Sub-throttle valves and fine atomizing injectors help the Vulcan 2000’s fuel injection provide a smooth, linear powerband with increased power and optimum fuel economy. The Vulcan 2000 Classic rides on bright, cast aluminum 16-inch wheels with a 150/80 front radial tire and a wide, 200/60 rear radial tire. Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a single rear disc brake with two-piston caliper bring this big cruiser to smooth, powerful stops.

A gear position sensor in the five-speed transmission sends signals to the ECU, further enhancing fuel injection and ignition performance. Belt final drive is smooth, quiet, reliable and low maintenanceA 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels add to the Vulcan 2000 Classic’s high-quality look. Fat 200/60R series rear tire enhances the muscular appeal of the Vulcan’s styling. Radial tires enhance handling and give the Vulcan 2000 a firm, “planted” feel. With dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and single rear disc brakes provide smooth, powerful stops.

Manual for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic.
User manual screenshot for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2008-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic, which is available here.

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