2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 LT

Humble, Not Huge

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Kawasaki

Tech Spec
Evolution

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

Rivals
Boulevard C109RT, Honda VTX1800T, Star Stratoliner S and Road Star Silverado S, Harley-Davidson Road King Classic

TECH
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
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo.

Contact
Kawasaki Motor Corp
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

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

By Jamie Elvidge
Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!

*Please enter your username

*Please enter your password

*Please enter your comments
Comments:
Not Registered?Signup Here
(1024 character limit)
Motorcyclist
  • Motorcyclist Online