2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero | First Ride

Cowboy up!

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kinney Jones

tech SPEC

EVOLUTION
The basic Vulcan 1700 platform fitted with a frame-mounted fairing and hard saddlebags.

RIVALS
Harley-Davidson Street Glide & Road Glide Custom, Star Stratoliner Deluxe, Victory Cross Country.

TECH
Price: $16,499
Engine type: l-c 52-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
Claimed horsepower: na
Claimed torque: 108 lb.-ft. @ 2750 rpm
Frame: Tubular-steel double cradle
Front suspension: 45mm Showa fork
Rear suspension: Twin Showa shocks with air-assisted adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 300mm disc
Rear brake: Tokico two-piston caliper, 300mm disc
Front tire: 130/90-16 Bridgestone Exedra
Rear tire: 170/70R-16 Bridgestone Exedra
Rake/trail: 30.0°/7.0 in.
Seat height: 28.7 in.
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 836 lbs.
Color: Ebony, Candy Fire Red
Available: Now
Warranty: 36 mo./unlimited mi.
Contact: Kawasaki Motors Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

Verdict 3.5 out of 5 stars
A modern, sophisticated take on the classic bagger style.

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