Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (2000-2009) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2000-2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 and Vulcan 500 LTD.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 500 is a laid-back, modestly powered city cruiser with at its heart a 498cc liquid cooled DOHC parallel twin engine. The engine is paired with a 6-speed transmission and it drives the rear wheel by chain.

The Vulcan 500 was superseded by the fuel-injected and re-styled Kawasaki Vulcan S.

Kawasaki Vulcan 500
Kawasaki Vulcan 500

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Kawasaki Vulcan 500 Service Intervals

Generally, the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 has 3000 mile or 5000 km service intervals. Every service, check the spark plugs, synch the carbs, and check over the drivetrain, suspension, and chassis for smooth operation.

Every two services, change the oil and filter, and check the valve clearances.

Make sure you keep the air cleaner clean (or replaced as necessary), the brake fluid fresh, and the chain in good condition.

Maintenance Schedule for the Kawasaki Vulcan 500

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Vulcan 500.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.


  • For items marked “check” or similar — repair or replace as necessary.
  • Keep following the schedule in the pattern shown
mi x 1000369121518
km x 100051015202530Every
Engine oil — changeYear
Oil filter — replace
Spark plugs — clean and gap
Valve clearance — check
Air cleaner element — cleanMore often if riding in rain / dust
Air cleaner element — replace5 cleanings
Carburetor synchronization — check
Idle speed — adjust
Throttle grip play — check
Air suction valve — check
Fuel system — check
Evaporative emission control system (if fitted) — check
Battery electrolyte level — checkmonth
Brake play — check
Brake light switch — check
Brake lining or pad wear — check
Brake fluid level — checkmonth
Brake fluid — change2 years
Clutch — adjust
Steering — check
Drive chain wear — check
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check
Spoke tightness and rim runout — check
Tire wear — check
General Lubrication — perform
Front fork oil — change
Swingarm pivot — lubricate
Brake camshaft — lubricate2 years
Coolant — change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections — checkyear
Steering stem bearing — lubricate2 years
Master cylinder cup and dust seal — replace2 years
Caliper piston seal and dust seal — replace2 years
Brake cable — replace2 years
Brake hose — replace4 years
Fuel hose — replace4 years
Drive chain — lubricate400 mi / 600 km
Dive chain slack—check600 mi / 1000 km
Vulcan 500 maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Vulcan 500

The Kawasaki Vulcan 500 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

WheelTire sizeTire pressure
Front100/90-19M/C 57S200 kPa/28 psi
Rear140/90-15M/C 70S225 kPa/32 psi
Kawasaki Vulcan 500 tyre pressure

About the Kawasaki Vulcan 500

The Vulcan 500 is a simple cruiser powered by a 498cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, eight-valve parallel twin-engine.

Like the modern Vulcan S, a well-known cruiser that shares a platform with the Kawasaki Ninja 650, the Vulcan S is not about drag strip bragging rights nor all-out torque, but is more for clean, cool fun with a dead reliable engine.

The Vulcan 900 has a parallel twin engine, but there’s a lot about it that’s authentic in “cruiser” style.

The front fender is cut back and lean, and wrapped around a 19-inch front wheel. The handlebars are somewhere between flat-style and pullback-style, and the comfy seat means that both the rider and a potential pillion will be in comfort.

Like on many cruisers, the teardrop tank has a speedometer on it.

The engine on the Vulcan 500 is no slouch, either.

The fuelling by a 32mm semi-flat slide carb gives the Vulcan 500 quick throttle response, precise fuelling, and uniform power delivery.

The engine has an automatic cam chain tensioner which means timing doesn’t need maintenance. And a gear-driven balancer reduces engine vibration for a super-smooth ride.

Manual for the Kawasaki Vulcan 500

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD, which is available here.

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