2003 Kawasaki VN1500 Vulcan Trike and Trailer Frame no. JKBVNT50NNA017023 Engine no. VNT50AE110988

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Lot 417
2003 Kawasaki VN1500 Vulcan Trike and Trailer
Registration no. PJ03 UDV Frame no. JKBVNT50NNA017023 Engine no. VNT50AE110988

Sold for £ 5,750 (US$ 6,967) inc. premium
2003 Kawasaki VN1500 Vulcan Trike and Trailer
Registration no. PJ03 UDV
Frame no. JKBVNT50NNA017023
Engine no. VNT50AE110988
• Top-of-the-range Kawasaki cruiser
• Ideal for long-distance touring
• Circa 29,000 miles from new

Kawasaki's Vulcan range dates back to the introduction in 1984 of the 699cc VN700A, the Japanese firm's first ever v-twin powered motorcycle. It would turn out to be an extraordinarily long-lived design, remaining in production until 2006, latterly in 750cc form. The Vulcan was aimed squarely at the 'cruiser' market dominated by Harley-Davidson, but rather than use an air-cooled v-twin like H-D, Kawasaki chose a thoroughly modern design boasting water cooling, twin overhead camshafts, and four valves per cylinder.

Introduced in 1986, the next Vulcan development used a 400cc (later 500cc) parallel-twin engine, and then in 1987 Kawasaki decided to tackle Harley head-on by launching the mighty Vulcan 1500, which was powered by a 1,470cc single-overhead-cam water-cooled v-twin driving via a four-speed gearbox. Later versions had a five-speed 'box and were equipped with fuel injection. The Vulcan range is still in production today.

Motor Cycle News reckoned the VN1500: 'A far, far cheaper way of cruising than buying into the Harley dream. Reliable too. The VN1500s are positively vast so, if road presence is important to you, they could be your thing. Lots of gutsy, low down performance with smooth touring speeds at the top end mean relaxed, joyful and easy riding.' MCN also appreciated the Vulcan's supremely comfortable accommodation, low level of vibration, value for money, and low-maintenance shaft drive.

This particular Vulcan had already been converted into a trike when it was purchased by the current vendor in October 2016. Owned for one year, it was bought because of the owner's advancing years, being easier to ride than a solo, plus he liked the look of it: 'a piece of art'. Very little used since acquisition, the machine comes with a file of paperwork to include a V5C Registration Certificate, SORN notifications, sundry invoices, and 11 MoT certificates, the most recent of which expired in April 2016.

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2003 Kawasaki VN1500 Vulcan Trike and Trailer Frame no. JKBVNT50NNA017023 Engine no. VNT50AE110988
2003 Kawasaki VN1500 Vulcan Trike and Trailer Frame no. JKBVNT50NNA017023 Engine no. VNT50AE110988
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