Japanese Indian – 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter

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Post Sale Update: After 21 bids on eBay, this Vulcan Drifter sold for $3,601.

In 1996, Cobra USA created a show bike homage to the ’48 Indian Chief based on a Kawasaki Vulcan. It was so popular that it inspired a production model – the Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter. Indian experts will never confuse this for an original Chief, obviously, but it’s an impressive tribute from Kawi that has become a cult bike.

Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter - Right Side

The Drifter was available in 800cc or 1500cc (1470) variants – the latter is available here today and the bigger engine put out 63 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. It weighed 715 pounds wet, but the specifications aren’t super important with this bike. Many riders found it to be the perfect compromise of 40s looks with modern technology. For all the information you could want on the Drifter, check out Vulcan Drifter Riders – truly one of the most comprehensive sites dedicated to one model I’ve ever seen. Click here for a promo video on the Drifter back in 1999. The aftermarket for this bike is small but I’ve seen some really good-looking Chief knockoffs by other owners, complete with the War Bonnet and all kinds of distinct features one associates with the old Indian.

Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter - Gauges

This specific Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter is apparently #110 from the first year of production. It has 9,388 miles and is claimed to have original paint. The seller says nothing was adden or taken away, but clearly the tank decals weren’t put on at the factory. Flaws seem to be limited to a couple of scratches on the front left fender.

Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter - Left Side

Find this Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter for sale in Maggie Valley, North Carolina with bidding up to $2,550 and no reserve

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