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2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 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:

  • 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
  • 2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic is a mid-sized motorcycle cruiser, first introduced in 2006. It is powered by a liquid-cooled 903 cc (55.1 cu in), V-Twin engine, with a five-speed transmission. Overall, it measures 97.0 inches (2.46 m) in length, has a wheelbase of 64.8 inches (1.65 m), and possesses a seat height off the ground of 26.8 inches (680 mm).

Maintenance Schedule for 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 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 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 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)
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect
KFuel hoses damage –
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
Air suction system damage
– inspect (e)
Evaporative emission control system – function (California model only) (e)
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 –
Spoke tightness and rim runout – inspect
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
KBrake hoses damage –
Brake pad wear – inspect #
KBrake hose installation
condition – inspect
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
KFront forks/rear shock
absorber operation
(damping and smooth
stroke) – inspect
KFront forks/rear shock
absorber oil leak – inspect
KSwing arm pivot – lubricate
KUni-trak rocker arm operation – inspect
KUni-trak tie rods operation – inspect
KUni-trak rocker arm bearings – lubricate
KUni-trak tir rods bearings – 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 # – replace (e)every 18000 km (12000 mile)
Engine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace5 years
KCoolant – change3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – repalce3 years
KBrake hoses – replace4 years
KBrake (front and rear) – change2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper – replace
4 years
KSpark plug – replace (e)


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.
(e): Emission related item

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

The 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tubeless type):


  • 130/90-16 M/C 67H
  • DUNLOP “D404FP”


  • 180/70 – 15M/C 76H
  • DUNLOP “D404”

The manual for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front (up to 180 kg load [397 lb]): 200 kPa/28 psi
  • Rear (up to 97.5 kg load [215 lb]): 200 kPa/28 psi
  • Rear(9.75 – 180 kg load [215 -397 lb]): 225 kPa/32 psi

General information about the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

The motorcycle features dual slash-cut mufflers and a sound that stirs the soul as it cruises the boulevard. A rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 Classic cruiser keeps the overall weight down and improves rear-end styling. The Vulcan 900 Classic motorcycle is equipped with floorboards, whitewall tires, classic spoked wheels and blacked-out trim details, giving it a timeless appeal.

Additionally, the Vulcan 900 Classic’s low seat height and tapered seat design mean riders of almost any stature will feel comfortable and confident. With a wide handlebar and stabilizer placed in the ideal ergonomic relationship to the seat and floorboard layout, abundant hip support in the rider’s seat, as well as a long, wide seating area for the passenger, the Vulcan 900 Classic is comfortable around town or on the back-roads.

The 2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic has a fuel-injected 903cc V-twin that delivers ample roll-on power and excellent fuel economy. Low seat height adds to rider confidence by enabling both feet to be placed on the ground at stops. Rider floorboards with heel/toe shifter enhance rider comfort. Tank-mounted instrumentation on the class-leading 5.3-gallon fuel tank. Adding to the look and feel of the bike, the 180mm rear tire is the widest in its class

Manual for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic.
User manual screenshot for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2015-2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic, which is available here.

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