2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 LT

Humble, Not Huge

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Kawasaki

Tech Spec

For two decades, Kawasaki has offered the largest production V-twin on the planet. With the new 1700, however, the focus appears to be shifting from size to performance

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Price $13,799 (as tested)
Engine type l-c 50-deg. V-twin
Valve train SOHC, 8v
Displacement 1700cc
Bore x stroke 102.0 x 104.0mm
Compression 9.5:1
Fuel System EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive Belt
Claimed horsepower 79 bhp @ 4500 rpm
Clamed torque 105 lb.-ft. @ 2250 rpm
Frame Steel double-cradle
Front suspension 43mm Showa telescopic fork
Rear suspension Twin Showa shocks with adjustable air
  pressure and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Tokico four-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake Two-piston Tokico caliper, 300mm disc
Front tire 130/90-16 Bridgestone Exedra G721
Rear tire 170/70-16 Bridgestone Exedra G722
Rake/trail 30.0 deg./6.7 in.
Seat height 28.3 in.
Wheelbase 65.6 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Claimed weight (tank full/empty) 798/766 lbs.
Colors Blue/beige, green/beige
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Warranty 24 mo.

Kawasaki Motor Corp
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

Verdict 3.5 stars out of 5
It's not Kawasaki's biggest Vulcan, just their best.

By Jamie Elvidge
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