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Price: $16,500


2011 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero

Features and Benefits

New for 2011

* The Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero is an all-new motorcycle for 2011

Key Features

* Liquid-cooled 1,700cc V-twin puts out loads of torque

* Six-speed transmission allows for relaxed cruising

* Electronic throttle actuation system ensures optimized injector timing and throttle valve position, resulting in an accurate, powerful engine response

* Electronic cruise control maintains speed for more comfort on long trips

* Frame-mounted front fairing directs aerodynamic forces to the chassis to keep steering feel light

* Unique "muscle car" styled instrumentation keeps the rider fully informed

* Audio system has FM, AM and WX and is compatible with iPod, XM tuner, or CB radio

* Aggressive and muscular cruiser styling from end to end

* Twin tapered mufflers maximize saddlebag capacity

* Low seat height with sporty one-piece seat contributes to long, low classic cruiser look

* Aggressive black-out look and strong colors emphasize the simple character of the body shapes

Powerful 1,700cc V-twin engine

* Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700cc, 52-degree V-twin engine

* Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke dimensions deliver high torque levels with a distinct V-twin feel

* Valve-actuation system is based on the Vulcan 2000's, but uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quicker revving and enhanced mid-high rpm power

* Semi-dry sump design allows lower crankshaft positioning and a longer piston stroke without increasing engine height

* Single-pin crankshaft accentuates the engine's V-twin character by providing strong power pulses

* Large-capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine

* Small-diameter iridium sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation

* Dual, newly tapered mufflers, one on each side of the bike, allow maximum clearance for saddlebags and look good

* Engine tuning, combined with long-stroke design, offers superior acceleration in the 50-70 mph range

* Even in overdrive (5th and 6th gear) the engine pulls strongly, which makes highway passing easier Next-generation Fuel Injection

* Based on the systems used by the Ninja® 650R and Vulcan 900 motorcycles

* Utilizes one sensor in place of the usual three for reduced complexity and weight

Electronic Throttle Valve System

* Fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of intake air (via throttle valve angle) and fuel (via fuel injector timing) delivered to the engine

* Optimized injector timing and throttle valve position results in accurate, powerful engine response

* Control of both injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control

* From the rider's perspective, the ETV system works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip remains connected to cables, so the feel at the grip is the same

* Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body, which triggers the Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) to send a signal to the ECU, which then modulates the throttle valves via a DC motor

* Accurate throttle position is relayed to the ECU by a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)

* APS and TPS send two sets of signals to the ECU for system redundancy in the unlikely event of a sensor failure Electronic Cruise Control System

* System maintains a desired speed even on uphill climbs

* Cruise control can be engaged and adjusted entirely from the right handlebar

* Cruise system can be activated in 3rd gear or above at any speed between 30 mph and 85 mph

* Pressure on the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal automatically disengages the cruise control, as does manually rolling off the throttle

On Board Diagnostics

* Diagnostic system allows self testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700

* System displays codes on the instrumentation, which can be read by owner
Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive

* Durable and easy-shifting six-speed transmission with positive neutral finder

* 5th and 6th are overdrive gears for excellent fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds

* Carbon fiber-reinforced final drive belt offers a 40 percent increase in tensile strength compared to current Kevlar belts

* Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Light Handling Chassis

* The strong steel frame allows a relatively short wheelbase for optimal ergonomics and easy maneuverability

* Lightweight and slim, the Vaquero frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require additional strength: the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket and rear fender/shock absorber bracket

* This compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates low-speed handling, especially maneuvers such as parking or U-turns

43mm Telescopic Fork

* Provides superb steering feedback

* 5.5 inches of travel for excellent ride quality
* Optimized damping and spring settings for a plush but controlled ride Dual Air-adjustable Rear Shocks

* Air-adjustable shocks can be tuned to match varying rider and passenger loads

* 4-way rebound damping adjustability helps the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure

9-Spoke Cast Aluminum Wheels

* Light and strong wheels allow the use of tubeless tires, while flat black paint nicely complements the Vaquero's styling treatment

* Fat and long-wearing 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires

* Tire choice and suspension settings augment the chassis' light handling characteristics

Styling and Bodywork

* Basic engine architecture supports the Vaquero's factory-custom look, while its blacked-out color with machined and bare-aluminum accents sets off the bike's color scheme

* Gloss and matte finishes on the engine highlight aesthetics even further

* Hand-formed body-part shapes create a highly customized appearance

* Many of the parts are original designs, which adds to the factory-custom look and feel of the Vaquero. These include the engine shrouds, rear fender, one-piece side covers, saddlebags, fairing, seat and mufflers

* Cut-down fairing looks like a true custom piece, right down to the abbreviated smoked windscreen and chrome headlight cover

* Louvre-style fog lamp covers can be replaced with accessory lamps

* Sculpted strut covers seamlessly fill the space between the rear fender and saddlebags

* Newly designed mufflers are tapered at their ends for a thoroughly retro look

* Sculpted, custom-look seat looks good and cradles the rider for maximum comfort

* LED taillight is attractive and highly conspicuous when lit for added safety
Wind Protection

* Large, wide fairing with abbreviated windscreen and integrated lowers provides substantial wind and weather protection for riders

* With the fairing mounted to the frame, any wind buffeting is transferred to the bike rather than the handlebar, helping to enhance highway stability and reduce rider fatigue

Convenient Storage

* The Vaquero features hard, lockable and sealed top-opening side cases that provide nearly 10 gallons of storage space each for overnight touring

* Their flowing, rounded shape is an attractive alternative to the square, boxy luggage found on other bagger models

* Up front, lockable glove boxes provide a handy place for storing smaller items

* Dual under-seat helmet holders

Classic Custom Dashboard / Advanced Audio

* Instrument layout and large round dials give the Vaquero's console a custom look with a retro flavor

* The radio/stereo unit features a classically custom look from the 1960s

* Multi-function LCD display in the center of the instrument console is controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption

* Analog displays include speedometer, tachometer and coolant temperature gauge

* Audio system with twin speakers features radio (FM/AM/WX) and compatibility with optional iPod®, XM tuner or CB radio units

* The audio system (and your iPod, which plugs easily into the left fairing pocket) can be operated by switches on the left handlebar

* Ignition switch allows key removal in the on position, which prevents keys from damaging the black finish tank cover during operation

* Turning the ignition switch collar to the ACC position allows accessories to be used while the engine is off; turning it to the "OFF" position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart


* Sculpted seat blends a stylish shape with ideal foam density for all-day comfort

* Scooped shape allows an easy reach to the ground

* Upright riding position and rubber-topped floorboards contribute to substantial riding comfort

* Dual adjustable rear air-shocks use settings optimized for a compliant ride and higher-load carrying when needed

Long Range

* 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers a substantial range, helping to minimize fuel stops when out on the open road

Optional Accessories

* Kawasaki offers a large number of optional accessories, including grip heaters, dual gel saddle, solo seat, heated solo seat, rider backrest, quick-release backrest, passenger floorboard kit, saddlebag liners, luggage rack, quick-release solo luggage rack, rear engine guards, auxiliary riding lights, DC power sockets, headset kit, GPS mount, billet handlebar clamp, engine cover, saddlebag top and side rails, front fender trim and more.

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™ Specifications*

* Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52˚ V-twin

* Displacement: 1,700cc / 103.7 cu. in.

* Bore x stroke: 102 x 104mm

* Compression ratio: 9.5:1

* Maximum torque: 108 lb-ft @ 2,750

* Cooling: Liquid, plus cooking fins

* Induction: Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies

* Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance

* Transmission: Six-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder

* Final drive: Belt

* Frame: Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone

* Rake / trail: 30 degrees / 7.0 in.

* Front suspension / wheel travel: 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.

* Rear suspension / wheel travel: Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.

* Front tire: 130/90x16

* Rear tire: 170/70x16

* Front brakes: Dual 300mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

* Rear brakes: Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper

* Overall length: 98.8 in.

* Overall width: 38.2 in.

* Overall height: 50.8 in.

* Ground clearance: 5.7 in.

* Seat height: 28.7 in.

* Wheelbase: 65.6 in.

* Curb weight:** 835.7 lbs.

* Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.

* Color choices: Ebony, Candy Fire Red


* Warranty: 24 Months

*Specifications are subject to change.
**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate
correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool
kit (if supplied).
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Interesting, certainly a direct copy of the Road Glide with the frame mounted faring. Can't say the styling does anything for me, much too rounded and "old school" for my tastes.

BUT, I'll check it out in Daytona if they bring one.

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Decent looking bike. I like the blacked out engine & tranny, the gauge cluster looksnicely layed outand clean, I like the way they ran the exhaust under the floor boards. The weight needs to be reduced, rear suspension needs to be increased, the heel/toe shifter would be a problem with my feet.
Just my $0.02

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Someone has definitely been watching the market and listened to the comments on the H-D's, XC, and Stratoliner Deluxe. Don't like the front fender, but I do like how they concealed the radiator.
As for the name......what the hell kind of name is Vaquero?!?!?!? They will have more problems with that name than they realize. Whoever approved that name should lose their job.

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Grouchy Old Member
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Don't do it Andy!!!!!! I know you're much taller on a Japanese bike Forum, but we need you to defuse Don when he goes critical mass!!

Psych,,it's a nice looking bike, but I think they could have wrapped the bags over the exhaust 90 deg or so and kept it away from the look a
Rocket III with Corbin bags has. They just don't seem proportionate at that size.

Also, it looks like there's room in the frame to drop the seat pan a couple of inches up front.

Still, if you're gonna kiss a little HD heiney,,,a street glide look with a Road Glide fairing mount is a nice way to go.

And well, I always want my Kawahondazuki prices a little lower than the market will bear. The pricepoint on this doesn't reflect any attempt to be a huge hit, just another "also ran"

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
keithgrey said:
Don't do it Andy!!!!!! I know you're much taller on a Japanese bike Forum, but we need you to defuse Don when he goes critical mass!!

That's Funny!

I like bikes that have a name that starts with the letter "V".

How does The Vaquero Owner's Group sound?


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Not a fan of all that red real-estate on the dash. The 'Unique "muscle car" styled instrumentation'looks similar to the dash on my daughters Mazda which is decidedly not a muscle car.

Red dash lights usually mean "pay attention stupid" something BAD is happening.Its hard to notice an idiot light, if everything is red to begin with.

I don't understand why theoretically smart people insist on re-inventing things that already work they way that they are supposed to.

Also my guess is given the nature of red light that if you can see that during the day it must be truly blinding/distracting at night - just like my daughters mazda.

Premium Member
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
tarpits99 said:
Red dash lights usually mean "pay attention stupid" something BAD is happening.Its hard to notice an idiot light, if everything is red to begin with.
That's an interesting point. I'm wondering if there's a day/night mode on the illuminated display?

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in the pictures it looks pretty good. Unfortunately which I find with a lot of foreign bikes when you get close and look at them you see cheaper materials and a lot of weaker components.

The Honda Fury in person looks like they ran out of budget money when it came time to build, the Kawasaki Voyager up close has small bags and they feel like they can break when you open them.

Anyhow I'd like to see the bike in person but it's not on my short list.

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It definitely looks more H-D than Victory Cross Country.....and yes Spider, the primaryseemsto be misplaced. The fairing looks a lotlike the on eused on the Voyager and I'm still trying to figure out what the vents are for up front.
I like to see others options in this market, but the Cross Country is still the only one that I feel pushed the styling boundaries. Haven't seen it from the Strat Deluxe and this one certainly didn't take any chances on the styling front.

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Very nice looking bike! Like the Black

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I'm impressed, I like the way they mounted the cruise control it looks like it is meant to be there. I like the little vents next to the headlight, it sort of breaks things up. I really want to see this in person, I may have to change my tag line.
The pricing seems very fair and if the economy was better I could see allot of these bikes moving. But right now (Half-Crazy is going to have a field day with this) you can buy a CC or an HD for about a grand more. So I dont see Kawasaki stealing any customers, you would have to be a metric fan to buy it.
So, any news on availability?
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