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Comparing the technical specifications of Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic and Ducati Monster 696 is a proper way to figure out which one of these motorcycles matches better your individual preferences and expectations. The decision on your next motorcycle purchase should be all based on your personal preferences for speed, handling and comfort. The long personal list of favourite motorcycle models can be narrowed to just a few ones after comparing their pictures and technical specifications. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

Kawasaki-Vulcan VN900 Classic   vs   Ducati-Monster 696
Picture of Kawasaki - Vulcan VN900 ClassicPicture of Kawasaki - Vulcan VN900 Classic
Kawasaki manufacturer Ducati
Vulcan VN900 Classic bike name Monster 696
Custom bike mootorcycle type Naked
2006-2007 year 2008 - 2013
246 / 100 / 106 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)210 / 78 / 104 cm
903 cc engine displacement (cc)696 cc
Fuel injection with two Keihin throttle bodies 34mm diameter fuel supply method Marelli injection, 45mm throttle body
9.5:1 compression ratio 10.7:1
88x74.2 mm bore and stroke 88x57.2 mm
135mm (5.3 inches) ground clearance 145mm (5.7 inches)
3.9litres (4.1 quarts) engine oil capacity3.2litres (3.4 quarts)
18.0 litres (4.8 gallons) fuel tank capacity 15.0 litres (4 gallons)
166 km/h (103 mph) top speed210 km/h (130 mph)
50 hppeak horsepower 79 hp
78 nm (57.5 ft lbs)max torque 69 nm (50.9 ft lbs)
263 kg (580 lbs) dry weight161 kg (355 lbs)
281 kg (619 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 185 kg (408 lbs)
41mm telescopic fork with 7-position preload and 150mm wheel travel front suspension Showa (Marzocchi) 43mm inverted fork with 120mm wheel travel
Uni-trak single shock with 100mm wheel travel rear suspension Sachs progressive linkage with preload and rebound adjustable mono shock. The rear wheel travel is 148mm.
130/90-16 front tyre size 120/60-ZR17
180/70-15 rear tyre size 160/60-ZR17
5-speed transmission type 6-speed APTC wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
digital ignition and electric starting system ignition / starting Marelli electronic ignition, electric starting
single 300mm disc with double piston caliper front brakes dual 320mm disc with four piston caliper
one disc with 270mm diameter and 2-piston caliperrear brakes one 245mm disc with double-piston caliper
Belt drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeAir cooling
5.90 l/100km (39.9 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.10 l/100km (38.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classicsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Ducati Monster 696

The bigger engine size of Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic in comparison to Ducati Monster 696 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. We can see that the compression ratio of the second of this bikes is 10.7:1 and is the bigger one. This ratio is the relation of the volume in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of the stroke to the volume in the cylinder when the gas is compressed and the piston is at the top of the stroke. When one of two bikes with same engine displacement has a higher compression ratio it also has a better fuel economy because the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber is burning at higher pressure and with better thermal efficiency.
The better fuel economy of 5.90 l/100km belongs to Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic compared to the Ducati Monster 696's fuel consumption of 6.10 l/100km. Measuring the fuel economy in mpg shows how many miles of ride are covered by a gallon of fuel and measuring in l/100km shows the average fuel consumption in litters for every 100 kilometers riding.
front and rear tires Motorcycle tyres come in variety of sizes and these sizes are strongly specified for each model. The right choice also depends on your style of riding, whether you are speeding and riding agressively. You need to know what the code designators printed on the tire mean in order to be able to find the proper size for your bike. Firstly the code shows the width of the tire measured in millimeters. The profile of the tire is revealed by the second number. How many inches is the diameter of the rim - that is what the tird number reveals. Buying motorcycle tires online can save you precious time and cash.
Ducati Monster 696 has a better ground clearance of 145mm ( for Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic it is 135mm). The ride height is the other name of the parameter ground clearance which refers to the measure from the tyre base to the underside of the cassis of a motorcycle. That, in other words, is the smallest distance between any mechanical body part of the motorcycle and the surface of the road.
The top speed of 210km/h makes Ducati Monster 696 the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic) can achieve a maximum speed of 166km/h according to its technical specifications. In some cases these speed statistics are based on bike owners reviews and may be contradictory from various sources.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
chain final drive Chain final drive is used with the Ducati Monster 696. One of the most economical way to drive horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle is achieved with the chain drive and therefore it is still the most used among the three options by bike manufacturers. Many bikers may complain of the need of constant care though. Since the chain is exposed to dust, sun and rain it needs to be periodically cleaned and properly lubricated.The Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic is driven by a belt.
Compression ratio - this parameter refers to how the cylinder's space changes from when the piston is down at its lowest point to when the piston is up at its highest point in the stroke. The compressio ratio of Ducati Monster 696 is 10.7:1 and it is 9.5:1 for Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic according to the motorcycles technical data above. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. If you got a motorcycle with a greater compression ratio for its specific engine it is getting better fuel economy than it would if it had a lesser compression ratio.
Motorcycle oil is one of the most important components that keeps the engine running smoothly. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. The engine oil is to be changed on every 3700 miles (or 6000 kilometers) as a general rule. More kilometers between two oil changes is accepted when synthetic oil is used. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. Both motorcycles have different oil capacity according to the technical specs - 3.9 litres for Kawasaki Vulcan VN900 Classic and 3.2 litres for Ducati Monster 696. The oil capacity here is just to give you a rough idea of how much oil you need on an oil change. The exact amount of oil you pour in is to be judged by the current level shown on the oil level sight window or dipstick.

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