1992 Honda ST1100 ABS/TCS

2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000: “We fully expected Kawasaki to fire another salvo in the mega-cruiser battle for 2004, but we certainly didn’t expect it to whip out something like the Vulcan 2000 and flatten the competition. At 2,053cc (125 cubic inches!), with 96 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, it’s going to be a while before anything surpasses this V-twin, at least from a similar mass-production standpoint. The Vulcan 2000 unequivocally answers the call for a truly powerful V-twin cruiser out of the box, rear steel fenders standard, performance modifications absolutely option. Sit down, rope in, hang on and blast off. // But we didn’t pick the VN2K simply because it’s the biggest new kid on the block. The bike is long on style, too, without any tawdry bells or whistles to clutter it up, and the list of available factory accessories was plenty long at the bike’s introduction…And we like the Vulcan 2000’s handling and comfort almost as well as its straight-line performance, especially after adding its factory accessory windscreen—one of three heights—as cushier passenger seat, luggage rack, backrest and saddlebags….Simply put, none of the contenders for our MOTY did everything they are supposed to do as well as the Vulcan 2000. Cruising, touring or stoplight-to-stoplight drag racing, the big Kawi is unmatched.” (Rider, June 2004; photo by Kevin Wing)

2003 Yamaha FJR1300
2005 BMW R1200GS

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