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Old 07-22-2011, 07:14 PM   #31
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Thanks! Yeah, I've been actively looking for about 3 years. I wanted one that was intact with all the factory badges in place, etc, and no holes drilled where they shouldn't be.

I've really been enjoying it.
mine was a friends. he wanted to ride with Rolling Thunder but it was too big for him and after one unplanned excursion into a field with no injuries and a busted windshield his wife put a quick end to his brief riding career.

his loss my gain.

$1500 for a 2001 with 7000 miles. I like it a lot but hey what could I do he practically begged me to take it off his hands and that was his price to me I didn't talk him down. a friend told me the Drifters were 2 inches longer than the Vulcans so it's not quite as nimble as a 800 Vulcan but it certainly is a solid bike and I concur with the future collectibility.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:45 AM   #32
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WOW!!!!! $1500? Yep, you got a smoking deal, that's for sure! Your 2-up seat is worth quite a bit. Apparently from what I can find online, the OEM dual seat was only available on the 800 for one year - 2000. Also in 2000, sky blue was offered only on the 800, not on the 1500. I'd say that bike along with the original gooseberry 1999 1500, both in black out trim should be the first models to skyrocket in price.

I paid $4200 for mine, which is top condition NADA / KBB. I felt that was fair, as did the seller. Shoot, if I could find one @ $1500, I wouldn't have to sell another toy first! Good score!

...still on the hunt for an OEM 2-up seat....

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Old 07-23-2011, 05:38 AM   #33
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you think that my seat is OEM? I figured it was after market.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:39 AM   #34
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Cool bike, man. At that price, you pretty much had to do it. I bet it tours well too.
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:48 AM   #35
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you think that my seat is OEM? I figured it was after market.
Yeah, I do. Corbin actually made them for Kawasaki. The 2000 800 had one stock from the factory, (as did the '99 and '00 1500) but you could order it as an option on later years. The seat rail is worth some coin, too. The seat rail is interchangeable between 800 and 1500, but the seats are not interchangeable between bikes due to how they mount. Kawasaki no longer offers the seats for sale. Corbin still makes seats you can order through them for around $600 and up (no seat rail) depending on material, backrest(s), etc. Personally, I like the seat rail, so I'm still searching for OEM.

There's a really nice Drifter pictorial I stubmbled across online showing all the colors and specs. I'll try to find it again and post up. It's a big help when searching for a part.

My solo seat has what looks like a tribal flame embossed in the rear, and when I bought it I thought it was aftermarket, but it is OEM.

If you go to searchtempest dot com, and do a search on kawasaki drifter and wade through the pages, there's a guy selling a solo 800 seat for $75.

Then there is an ultra cool '04 Drifter in FL with a paint matched Motorvation sidecar for like $6800. That looks fekkin' nice. I know those sidecars go for more than 5k alone, so that's a deal right there if you're into hacks.
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:09 PM   #36
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I had a friend buy one recently (for a great price) and I gotta say even though I am not a vtwin cruiser kinda guy I woulda bought that puppy up, cool bikes.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:45 PM   #37
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Thanks. I'm not really a cruiser guy myself. This is my first cruiser ever. I have to admit that I am enjoying the heck out of it. I can't decide which I like more - the fenders, or the beach bars.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:51 PM   #38
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Drifter Seats

OEM Two-up on a 1500. This seat was OEM on 1999 and 2000 1500 and 800 Drifters only.
1500 - PN 53001-1886-MA
800 - PN 53001-1898-MA
OEM Solo on 800. This seat was OEM on all 1500's and 800's from 2001 until 2006.
1500 - PN53001-1991-MA
800 - PN 53001-1949-MA
OEM 2-up with Mustang Cover w/ fringe.
OEM 2-up with Mustang cover - no fringe.


After 2000, Kawasaki sold 4 versions of this seat. This is a Corbin seat using Kawasaki pans and was covered by Corbin in vinyl. Besides the black 1500 and 800 versions there were also tan versions. These were sold by Kawasaki as an aftermarket upgrade. The seat also came without fringe.

800
  • K53001-059 - Plain
  • K53001-060 - Studded
1500
  • K53001-023 - Plain (no longer available from Kawasaki)
  • K53001-022 - Studded (no longer available from Kawasaki)
This is the Tan version of the above Kawasaki sold Corbin saddle.
No Longer Available from Kawasaki.
This is a Corbin solo for an 800.

This is the underside of the above seat
Corbin solo for 800 - no studs.

This is the Corbin solo saddle for the 1500. As with all Corbins this seat could be made from many different color and types of leather.
The seat on the left is a Corbin seat purchased from Corbin. The seat on the right is a seat covered by Corbin on Kawasaki pan and sold as an aftermarket accessory by Kawasaki, and labeled by them as a Corbin.
This is a Corbin 2-up in brown leather with studs and fringe. This one is on a 1500.

This is a Travel Horse solo sold for both the 1500 and 800.

This is the brown version of the Travel Horse seat.

This is a two up saddle made by Travel Horse.


The seat on the left is a Heather's Leather chummie saddle, the seat on the right is a HL solo.
Another Heather's Leathers seat.

If you have a seat not shown, or find any errors on this page please let us know. We'd also like pics of your seat including the bottom of the pan.

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:53 PM   #39
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Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter Pictoral History

PicYearModelColorsComments
1999Drifter 800Pearl Burnish Beige,
Sunbeam Red
Unavailable in US
1999Drifter 1500Deep GooseberryTwo-up Seat standard, blacked out
2000Drifter 800Sky Blue,
Pearl Burnish Beige
Two-up Seat standard, blacked out
2000Drifter 1500Deep Turquoise Green,
Pearl Burnish Beige
Two-up Seat standard, blacked out
2001Drifter 800Candy Cardinal RedSolo Seat standard, Chromed
2001Drifter 1500Oxblood Red/Pearl Ivory,
Ebony
Solo Seat standard, Chromed
2002Drifter 800Black PearlSolo Seat standard, Chromed
2002Drifter 1500Ebony/Oxblood Red ,
Ebony/Ebony
Solo Seat standard, Chromed
2003Drifter 800Black Pearl,
Metallic Ruby Red
Solo Seat standard, Chromed
2003Drifter 1500Ebony/Oxblood Red ,
Metallic Ruby Red
Solo Seat standard, Chromed
2004Drifter 800Ebony/Galaxy SilverSolo Seat standard, Chromed
2004Drifter 1500Black/Galaxy SilverSolo Seat standard, Chromed
2005Drifter 800Black/Galaxy SilverSolo Seat standard, Chromed
2005Drifter 1500Ebony/Galaxy SilverUS Only
2006Drifter 800Ebony/Galaxy SilverUS Only
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:55 PM   #40
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:00 PM   #41
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Yeah, I saw that when it popped up. I'm really looking for the one with the seat rail, and in black. (like yours! Hah!) The brown is nice, though. I might make my own if I don't find what I'm looking for. It's been a while since I've worked leather, but I've been looking for an excuse to get back into it...


I just ordered a set of Metzeler ME880 wide whites today, so I can't wait to see what they look like!
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:43 PM   #42
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looking at tires myself. do you know if I just need to stick to the basics?

as in rear = 140/90-16 and I'm good.

the book says 140/90-16 71H

71H means nothign right?

I just need the 140/90 - 16 rear and 130/90-16 front of pretty much anything I want?

those metzlers are nice but a little pricey. I was thinking white walls myself.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:37 PM   #43
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71 is the weight rating of the tire (close to 500lbs if I remember correctly - google for a chart) , and the H is the speed rating, which I believe is 130 mph. Some manufacturers list this info, some don't. If you stick to the same size as OEM, you should be fine.

If I weren't going for the retro wide white look, I was thinking of trying out the Pirelli Route 66 cruiser tires - they are less than $100 a pop. I've had good luck with Pirelli as a "bang for the buck" tire on several different bikes. Middle of the road price for a great lasting and performing tire.

I was going to splurge for some Coker wide whitewalls because they have "that look", but with shipping, their 5.00x16s were right at $500!!!!!!! Uh, nope. Besides, I don't think those vintage style tires would hold up to my commuting very well.



Above - the Coker tires on a Vulcan 800 bob job. Badass looking tires, just more than I want to pay right now.


Above - Metz ME880. The tread doesn't look nearly as nice as the Coker, but the price is easier on the wallet, and I'm 99% sure they will last longer and handle better.

I read a lot of excellent reviews on the ME880s. Everyone was saying the handling and durability was better than everything else they tried in addition to the nice looks. Plus, the whitewall goes all the way to the rim. I had some Metzeler's on a VFR800, and I was pretty happy with them, so we'll see. I got a front and rear delivered for $301.31 from Americanmototire dot com, which was the lowest I could find after searching the usual 6 or 7 places. I'll post up some glam shots when I mount them.

My rear OEM Bridgestone is at the wear bars at 4,500 miles, but the front is still in good shape. Need a front OEM?

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Old 07-28-2011, 06:21 PM   #44
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I'm getting tired of wearing a backpack to work, so I decided to fab up a temporary rear rack for my lunch bag. I say temporary, but we all know how that usually means permanent. Once I find the 2-up seat I'm looking for, the rack will be useless, but I will still make it as nice as I can.

Since I think it's temporary, I use some scrap 3/16" x 1 1/2" flatbar that I have on hand.

The stock seat bolts are M10 x 1.25 pitch x 30mm, so I make a quick trip to the hardware store to get some 10mm longer bolts.

















Yeah, I know - it's overkill for a lunch bag, but I got thinking that just maybe if I like how it turns out, I'll just build my own second seat that bolts onto the rack and install some pegs. More tomorrow...
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:42 AM   #45
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Fab continues...



I use some more scrap flatbar for the horizintal section. This time it's 1/8" x 1".





I add a gussett to the lower section for some added strength.



Exterior welds cleaned up with a grinder and an 40 grit wheel, and corners rounded for a finshed look. Should be ready for paint in the morning... until then.
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