In a bid to compete with fellow-Japanese manufacturers taking on the might of Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki introduced a range of cruiser models in 1984, all designated “Vulcan”. Over the years, they came in a similar shape but many sizes, from 125cc to 2,053cc or 125ci. Capable, reliable and good-looking, the range was well-received by press and punters alike.
The 2001 Kawasaki 800cc Vulcan Indian Custom on offer here was built by the late Bob Stark of Starklite Indian. In his later years, the plethora of Indians in his collection became increasingly difficult to start and ride, so took a Kawasaki VN800E and applied genuine 1940s Indian components, including saddlebags, windshield, saddle, crash bars, lighting, etc. Now with a genuine feel, but modern touches like good brakes and an electric starter, the bike was the perfect restomod for Mr. Stark. He went on to build two more for his friends.
As Bob’s personal machine, this bike was painted to match his 1940 Indian Chief, and retains his sunglasses in the genuine Indian windshield pouch and his personal riding gear in the Indian saddle bags.
Freshly serviced with a new rear tire and battery, the bike runs and rides beautifully. And with modern amenities atop a classic looking bike it gives that riding impression of the real thing, but without all the effort. And at a fraction of the price.
Location: Corona, California