2 0 1 2MY V U L C A N 9 0 0 C U S T OM / C U S T OM S E MO D E L I N F O RMAT I O N
Although the Custom is a Vulcan 900 Series model, in order to
achieve its custom image, Kawasaki designers completely re-
evaluated its bodywork, treating it as if it were a completely new
Every styling detail was closely scrutinized. The floorboards had to
go; the front end was completely restyled, rear fender sliced, and the
seat reshaped. You can’t miss that it has all the right custom cues –
the wide fork, small headlight, big 21” wheel, and matching fender.
With generous chrome and rich paint, the Vulcan 900 Custom not
only out performs other mid-size cruisers, it looks great doing it.
Grab your gear – it’s time to show off!
Central to the Vulcan 900
Custom’s design is its fuel
tank. It naturally draws the
eye. Unlike some custom
machines that use flashy
designs to attract attention,
the beauty of the Custom’s
tank lies in its subtlety. Its
delicate twin-valley theme
produces a graceful play of
light and shadow along the
The twin-valley design theme is continued in the rear fender. Like the
tank, it is composed exclusively of curves with constantly varying
radii, its hand-sculpted contours designed to be pleasing to both the
eye and to the touch.
The unique cut of the tail lamp lens contributes to the design of the
The key feature in achieving the Custom’s light-looking front end is
its thin, 21” wheel. The wheel’s large diameter also helps raise the
front of the bike, further contributing to the light image.
For size alone a more traditional wire-spoke wheel would have sufficed,
but a cast design was deemed necessary to achieve the impact of a true
Arranged in pairs, the wheel’s 18 “spokes” were designed by hand. Tapered
and flanged in two directions, every line and surface of the 3D spokes is
Single 300mm drilled front disc delivers impressive stopping power without
hiding the front wheel’s good looks.
Twin-piston front caliper ensures strong stopping power.
Further contributing to the front end’s light appearance is the simplicity of
the design of the headlamp area, fork and handlebar.
The crisp, clean lines created by this minimalist approach are accentuated
by a liberal use of chrome.
The headlamp itself is small and isolated; there is no central fork cover or
headlamp bar. The headlamp, headlamp mount, lower triple clamp and turn
signals are all chromed.