Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic Motorcycle: If cruiser coolness can be measured in height and length, the new low-and-long Kawasaki 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic is as cool as it gets.

The new king of the Vulcan lineup is a stroked version of the popular Vulcan 1500 Classic ֠Kawasaki best-selling cruiser.

a new engine delivers the kind of low rpm rumble that gets the nod from serious cruiser riders.

For me, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 is a bit too much displacement, too long of a stroke and more muscle-bound than muscular.

The Vulcan 900 is certainly a fun bike to ride, but I can imagine that many cruisers picture themselves on something larger than a 56 cu in bike. Sporting a wild flaming red-and-black paint job, matched to a red frame and wheels with a polish-highlighted blacked out motor (we had the Metallic Diablo Black Special Edition), the Mean Streak is an absolute attention grabber.

It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it will not be ignored.

Kawasaki dubbed this pro-street cruiser a Mean Streak, and it’s certainly a tough guy in the performance department. Each of the cylinder heads houses an overhead cam and four-valves, so this isn’t throwback motor.