Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 (Classic, LTD, 2004-2010) Simplified Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 motorcycles, released as the Vulcan 2000 Classic and the Vulcan 2000 LT. Both also go by the short product code VN2000.

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.

The VN2000 was kind of an evolution of the previous Vulcan 1600, but it was short lived. The Vulcan 1700 was the truer successor to the VN1600.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic is powered by a 2053 cc (125 ci) 52-degree V-twin engine. It makes a frankly ridiculous 191 Nm (141 lb-ft) of torque at 3000 rpm, and commensurate power (but cruisers are all about torque!).

The Vulcan 2000 puts all that to the ground through a five-speed transmission and a belt drive — contrasting with the shaft drive of the Vulcan 1600. (The 1700 has a belt drive, too, as well as a six-speed transmission).

The Classic LT had an appearance similar to the Classic but added saddlebags, windshield, passenger floorboards, and passenger backrest to the offering.

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Service Intervals for the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 has service intervals of 7500 miles or 12000 km or one year for most major items, including changing the oil and filter and doing a safety inspection of most items.

A small number of items should be checked more regularly, like the condition of the brakes and drive belt.

Because the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 is liquid-cooled, make sure you change the coolant on schedule. Kawasaki recommends changing it every 3 years or 24000 miles / 36000 km, whichever comes earlier.

The spark plug replacement schedule is a wide 30000 miles / 48000 km. There’s no valve service interval as the Vulcan 2000 has self-adjusting valves.

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 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.

We split the service into two sections

  1. Scheduled service — the overall service schedule
  2. An “Inspection checklist” to be done at every service.

Notes:

  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • Follow the earlier of time-based or distance-based maintenance intervals
  • The break-in schedule is not shown as this bike is not sold new.

Scheduled Service

Below are items to change or replace. Follow the earlier of the time-based or distance-based intervals.

mi x 100047.51215202430
km x 10006121824303648Every
Conduct annual inspection checklist (see below)Year
Engine oil — ChangeYear
Oil filter — ChangeYear
Air filter — Change
Spark plugs — Inspect
Spark plugs — Replace
Fuel hoses — Change4 years
Coolant — Change3 years
Radiator hoses and O-rings — Change3 years
Brake hoses — Change4 years
Brake fluid (front and rear) — change2 years
Rubber parts of master cylinder and caliper — Change4 years
Steering stem bearings — Lubricate2 years
Swing arm pivot – lubricate
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement) – inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect
Drive belt deflection – inspect
Drive belt wear- inspect
Brake pad wear – inspect
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Evap emission system — inspect (if fitted)
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 — Change/replacement items

Annual inspection checklist

Below is the full list of things to do at the annual inspection for the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000.

Vulcan 2000 Annual Inspection Checklist
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag) – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
Fuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspect
Fuel hoses damage – inspect
Fuel hoses installation condition – inspect
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant system condition (leaks, cracks) – inspect
Radiator hose damage – inspect
Radiator hoses installation condition – inspect
Air suction system damage – inspect
Tire air pressure – inspect
Wheels/tires damage – inspect
Wheel bearings damage – inspect
Brake fluid leak – inspect
Brake hoses damage – inspect
Brake hose installation condition – inspect
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag) – inspect
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspect
Steering play – inspect
Lights and switches operation – inspect
Headlight aiming – inspect
Side stand switch operation – inspect
Engine stop switch operation – inspect
Chassis parts – lubricate
Bolts and nuts tightness – inspect
Vulcan 2000 Annual Inspection Checklist

Drive belt maintenance

Kawasaki recommends checking drive belt deflection and condition at every 3500 mile service. They say you should take it to a dealer to check.

However, it’s easy to check these, as described in the service manual.

You need:

  1. Find the spot between the front and rear pulleys (it doesn’t have to be exact)
  2. Push down with 10 lb of force — equivalent to 45 N, or 4.5 kgf. Use a belt tension gauge, which is calibrated to do this.
  3. For a used belt, deflection should be 2.5-4mm (0.10-0.16 in.). For a new belt it should be at the tighter end of this.
  4. If the deflection is out of spec, adjust it.

To adjust the tension, you will need to do the following.

  1. Remove the muffler and the upper belt cover.
  2. Remove the axle cotter pin, and loosen the axle nut.
  3. Lift the rear wheel off the ground using a jack and jack attachment.
  4. Loosen the left and right belt adjuster locknuts. Turn them in evenly until the belt has the correct amount of deflection.

Keep the belt aligned. The notch on the left belt adjuster should align with the swingarm mark that the right belt adjuster aligns with.

  1. Tighten belt adjuster nuts firmly.
  2. Tighten the rear axle nut with a torque wrench — 80 ft-lb or 108 Nm.
  3. Insert a new cotter pin.

Tire size and tire pressure for the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 has the following tire sizes and pressures standard. It runs tubeless touring tires.

TyreSizeStandard tire pressure
Front150/80 R16 M/C 71V250 kPa / 36 psi
Rear200/60 R16 M/C 79V290 kPa / 42 psi
Vulcan 2000 standard tire sizes and pressures

About the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 LT action web

The Vulcan 2000 is a strong, stylish motorcycle. It handles well for its weight, but it’s also very heavy, so expectations can’t be that high.

The enormous 2053cc engine was at the time the largest capacity V-twin engine manufactured by a major manufacturer. To this day, it’s still one of the largest. With a massive peak of 191 Nm or 141 lb-ft of torque, the Vulcan 2000 has more torque than nearly any other motorcycle, and more than many small cars.

But despite having what seems like a ridiculous amount of pull, the Vulcan 2000 is tame and easily controlled. It won’t buck you off, or do uncontrollable burnouts.

Like many big cruisers, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 pulls off easily from idle, but then just doesn’t stop — it keeps pulling and pulling the more you hold the throttle open. Accelerating in higher gears shows that it doesn’t matter what gear you’re in — it all feels the same.

There are a lot of detailed additions that make the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 seems like more than the sum of its parts. It’s not just a big cruiser.

The VN2000 is stylish, first of all. It has a traditional-style headlight, a “buckhorn” handlebar bend, a plush passenger seat for increased comfort, and several smaller details that all add to the high level of refinement. It’s comfortable, and almost… dare we say it… practical.

The Vulcan 2000 massive V-Twin cylinders have a black matte finish that contrast nicely with the cooling fins. It’s a traditional push-rod engine which means that the engine is a little lower, keeping the centre of gravity low, making the heavy bike easier to control.

The fuel injection is quite advanced, given that it has a classic cruiser. The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 has sub-throttle valves and fine atomizing injectors, which help the Vulcan 2000 give a linear powerband and optimised fuel economy.

Front brakes are via twin 300 mm discs and four-piston calipers. The final drive is via a five-speed transmission and a belt — reliable, quiet, and low-maintenance.

It’s worth mentioning that the Vulcan 2000 doesn’t need valve service — it has self-adjusting hydraulic lifters.

Reference — Screenshots from the Manual for the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

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

The maintenance schedule for the Vulcan 2000 is the same for all models and across model years as there were no changes other than in external bolt-on parts.

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