2009 Kawasaki VN-II: The Big Small Bike

VN-II gives an impression that is much bigger than what it actually is and that is exactly what the designer want us to think when we look at it. The design and stance are carried from its larger siblings that is the Vulcan 750, while it itself is only fitted with 250cc of displacement. That’s why I’m calling this bike ‘the big small bike’. It looks big, but small in displacement. With the displacement is only at 250cc, we can get good fuel economy with great low-to-mid torque. Also, the maintainance it much lower compared to other big bikes.

2009 Kawasaki VN-II is price at RM25,989 (excluding road tax, insurance and registration)

Technical specs, link to original post and three more pictures after the jump 

Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, V-2 cylinder, SOHC, 8 valves
Displacement 249 cm³
Bore and Stroke 62.0 mm x 41.4 mm
Compression ratio 12.0:1
a) Maximum power 23.0 kW {31.3 PS} @ 12.500 rpm
b) Maximum torque 22.2 N∙m {2.3 kgf∙m} @ 9,500 rpm
Fuel system Carburetor: KEIHIN CVKR 32 x 2
Starting Electric starter
Ignition Battery and coil (transistorized)
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Transmission 6-speed, Constant mesh, Return shift
Gear ratios:
1st 2.857 (40/14)
2nd 1.842 (35/19)
3rd 1.409 (31/22)
4th 1.160 (29/25)
5th 1.038 (27/26)
6th 0.928 (26/28)
Final reduction ratio 2.933 (44/15)
Clutch Wet multi disc
Type Tubular, Double cradle
Caster (rake) 35°
a) front 120/80-17M/C 61S Tubeless
b) rear 160/80-15M/C 74S Tubeless
Front: Type Telescopic fork
Rear: Type Swingarm
Front: Type Single disc
Rear: Type Drum brake
Overall length 2,355 mm
Overall width 775 mm
Overall height 1,075 mm
Wheelbase 1,620 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Seat height 690 mm
Dry weight 171 kg
Fuel capacity 13 litres

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