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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic


- 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

Power, Performance and Classic Styling: Sorry, Drooling Not Allowed

It’s a formula that simply can’t be beat: Take the very latest in two-wheeled chassis and engine technology, package it with Kawasaki’s legendary engineering prowess, and then bless it with absolutely gorgeous, drop-dead custom styling. Do it right and cruiser buyers will wear a path to your dealerships.

But it’s not simple, as motorcycle history is littered with bikes that failed to wow cruiser fans.

Kawasaki’s 2011 Vulcan® 1700 Classic cruiser has no such problem. First, it’s stunningly beautiful, from its raked-’n’-retro front end to its mammoth V-twin to its fat-fendered, fat-tired backside. The deep paintwork, thick chrome and detail touches will rock your world the first time you lay eyeballs upon it. But what seals the deal is the Classic’s advanced technology and staggering functionality. Here’s a big-inch cruiser with the type of top-shelf performance and reliability that totally backs up its bad-ass boulevard look.

Like its Vulcan 1700 brethren, the Classic’s primary element is its liquid-cooled, 103.7-inch V, an engine that dominates the proceedings with a thoroughly retro look as well as asphalt-wrinkling output. The heart of the matter is a pair of massive pistons moving within a pair of liquid-cooled but beautifully finned cylinder blocks arrayed at 52 degrees for optimum balance and a distinct V-twin thump. The correct air/fuel ratio reaches the cylinders through a revised intake manifold designed for improved throttle response. Internal dimensions are thoroughly long-stroke – 102 x 104mm – for mammoth low- and mid-range power, exactly the sort of big-inch thrust and V-twin feel cruiser riders crave.

Working with a powerful ECU and a fuel injection system with slightly revised settings for improved throttle response, the electronic throttle valve enhances response without detracting from the engine’s distinctive V-twin feel, delivering ultra-precise intake flow to the engine under nearly any conditions.

The system utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), which feed data to the ECU that adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers a natural throttle feel because the APS is activated by a throttle body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip. The 1700 Classic’s fuel injection uses one sensor in place of the usual three for simplicity and weight savings. Besides the obvious advantages of fuel injection, such as improved fuel economy and automatic altitude mixture adjustment, the system also permits easy hands-off warm-up and idle speed control. This cruising-oriented machine features FI and exhaust tuning optimized to deliver peak torque at a lower rpm – ideal for urban or backroad environments.

A six-speed transmission with quieter and smoother operation for 2011 features overdriven fifth and sixth gears that contribute to more relaxed riding and better fuel economy at highway speeds. The Vulcan 1700 Classic transfers power from the transmission to the rear wheel through a narrow carbon fiber final drive belt with 40-percent higher tensile strength than a Kevlar unit of the same width.

Designed to be as light and slim as possible, the Classic’s single backbone double cradle frame offers a short seat-to-steering head distance, with a correspondingly short wheelbase. That easy-reach handlebar facilitates slow-speed maneuvering and helps maximize rider confidence. Adding to the light and easy handling are suspension components matched to the Vulcan 1700 Classic’s intended mission. An elegantly simple rear swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks provides 3.1 inches of rear suspension travel, and features air spring preload and four-way rebound adjustment. Up front, a large 43mm fork offers precise steering feedback, a supple ride and 5.5 inches of travel.

The Vulcan 1700 Classic rolls on nine-spoke cast wheels that run fat, tubeless tires – 130/90 front and 170/70 rear – that complement its muscular styling. Dual 300mm front disc brakes featuring twin-piston calipers and a single 300mm rear disc brake with a two-piston caliper help bring this stylish machine to steady, powerful stops.

Packed with technology and blessed with the sort of jaw-dropping looks that’ll keep you the envy of your riding buddies, the Vulcan 1700 Classic is the perfect cruising package. Just try not to drool on it.

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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic motorcycle model Features

New For 2011
- Improved and quieter shifting action via revised 1st gear ratio and taller teeth on the third and fourth gears
- Improved EFI settings that match the new intake manifold design more accurately for better throttle response

Key Features
- Liquid-cooled 1,700cc V-twin engine produces massive torque
- Fuel injection system optimized for power in the low- to mid-rpm range
- Compact frame for easy maneuverability and handling
- Electronic throttle valve system helps produce smooth power
- Adjustable rear suspension
- 9-spoke cast wheels add to the classic V-twin look and feel
- Instrumentation includes digital LCD screen that displays a wealth of information

Powerful 1,700cc V-twin engine
- Liquid cooled, four-valve per cylinder, fuel-injected 1700cc 52-degree V-twin engine
- Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke dimensions help deliver massive torque and distinctive V-twin feel
- Valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quick revability and enhanced mid- to high-rpm power
- Semi-dry sump allows low crankshaft placement and long stroke without increasing engine height
- Single-pin crank 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 staggered mufflers offer a rich sound and stylish appearance
- Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 50 to 70 mph range
- Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds

Fuel Injection
- The Vulcan 1700 takes advantage of FI and exhaust tuning optimized for maximum performance in the low-mid-rpm range, giving it plenty of grunt on the boulevard
- Utilizes one sensor in place of the usual three for simplicity and light weight
- Based on the systems used by the Ninja® 650R and Vulcan 900 motorcycles

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 fuel injector timing and throttle valve position results in accurate, powerful engine response
- Control of both fuel injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control
- The ETV works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip is connected to cables, so the feel at the grip for the rider is the same
- Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body that 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


On Board Diagnostics
- Diagnostic system allows self testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700
- Displays codes on the instrumentation that can be read by owner from the accessory manual

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive
- 5th and 6th gear are overdrive ratios, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds
- 28mm carbon fiber final drive belt offers a 40 percent increase in tensile strength compared to current Kevlar belts. This allows the Vulcan 1700 to use a belt only 2mm wider than the Kevlar belt on the Vulcan 900
- Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Light Handling Chassis
- Compact frame features a shorter wheelbase and short distance between the seat and steering head for an ideal ergonomic layout and easy maneuverability
- Light and as slim as possible, the 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
- The compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates maneuverability at low speeds, especially when executing precise slow-speed maneuvers like parking or making U-turns

43mm Telescopic Fork
- Provides superb steering feedback
- 5.5 inches of travel for excellent ride quality

Dual Adjustable Rear Air Shocks
- Air-adjustable spring preload can be tuned to match varying rider and passenger loads
- 4-way rebound damping adjustments help the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure
- Chromed shock covers contribute to the bike’s luxurious finish

9-Spoke Cast Wheels
- Allow the use of tubeless tires and complement the Vulcan 1700’s muscular styling
- 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires
- Tire choice and suspension settings selected to augment the chassis’ light handling characteristics

Brakes
- Dual 300mm front and a single 300mm rear disc are squeezed by twin-piston calipers. This braking system is tuned to provide sure, powerful stops

Classic V-twin Appeal
- The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape that continues to flow through the bike
- Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces. Their three-dimensional form adds volume and gives a high quality appearance
- The edges of the cooling fins receive a special NC treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight
- All the non-chromed engine parts have a matte black finish that further accentuates the gleaming chrome

Bodywork
- The fuel tank’s hand-sculpted contours employ a constantly varying radius, giving the bike a dynamic flowing style that’s pleasing both to the eye and the touch
- The elegantly shaped fuel tank contributes to the Vulcan 1700’s curvaceous figure
- LED taillight looks elegant and provides years of trouble-free service


Instrumentation
- Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, preventing keys from scratching the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is in operation
- Turning the ignition switch collar to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart
- Multi-function LCD displays on the tank-mounted instrument cluster are controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear-position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining mileage range and average fuel consumption
- Liberal use of chrome on the engine, fender brackets, light stays, and rear shock covers contrast nicely with the bodywork’s deep, lustrous paint
- The sculpted shape of the seat complements the rich visual tone of the bodywork





 

 

 



2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic motorcycle model Technology

 

Engine

Newly designed engine is tuned to two performance variations. Both variations (one for touring, one for cruising) offer both significant torque and power gains over their predecessors, as well as superior passing performance. All models feature Kawasaki’s first fully electronic throttle valve system, which together with the fuel injection system offers smooth, natural engine response. Another change from the previous series is the new 6-speed transmission featuring an overdrive gear.

Powerful 1700cc V-Twin engine

Long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700 cc V-Twin engine was designed to deliver high levels of torque. Bore and stroke measure 102 x 104 mm. Torque is approximately 15% greater than that of the VN1600D.

Valve system uses a SOHC arrangement instead of OHV for more direct engine feel and easier merging onto freeways.

Large capacity airboxes are located on either side of the engine.

Semi-dry sump (like that on the VN2000) allowed the crankshaft to be lowered, enabling a longer stroke without increasing engine height.

Both pistons are connected to a single crankpin. Primary balance is satisfied care of two counter-balance shafts.

Small-diameter iridium spark plugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially at low-load operation (near idling).

Belt final drive is quiet and efficient and helps reduce maintenance chores. Using carbon fibre instead of Kevlar as a tensile material, the belt offers high strength (tensile strength is increased by 40%) with a slim size and light weight. Belt width (28 mm) is more comparable to that of the VN900 models (26 mm) than that of the VN2000 (40 mm).

Engine tuning variations

Two series of engines were designed for the new VN1700 models: one for the touring-oriented VN1700 Nomad (and VN1700 Voyager), and one for the cruising-oriented VN1700 Classic and VN1700 Classic LT.

The difference was achieved through different FI settings and muffler systems. The result is that peak torque (up about 15% from the VN1600 Nomad) and peak horsepower (up about 20% from the VN1600 Nomad) occur at different rpm: cruising-oriented models are tuned such that peak performance occurs at lower rpm.

VN1700 Voyager / VN1700 Nomad VN1700 Classic/LT
Max torque @ 2,750 rpm @ 2,250 rpm
Max power @ 5,000 rpm @ 4,500 rpm


All models feature dual mufflers with the same base construction as those on the VN2000. However, the VN1700 Nomad (like the VN1700 Voyager) features twin mufflers (one on each side), where the VN1700 Classic and VN1700 Classic LT feature dual mufflers on the right side of the bike.

The clutch on the VN1700 Nomad and VN1700 Voyager models features six damping springs for 3-stage progressive damping that contributes to smoother feeling when getting back on the gas.

Superior passing performance

Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 80-113 km/h (50-70 mph) range. Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds.

ETV (Electronic Throttle Valve) System

Kawasaki’s first fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response.

Control of both fuel injection and airflow enables precise cold-engine idling speed control.

The simple system makes it easy to incorporate other systems, like cruise control (please see below).

Twisting the throttle grip actuates a throttle pulley on the throttle body. The Accelerator Position Sensor (APS), also located on the throttle body, sends a signal to the ECU, which then actuates the throttle valves via a DC motor. Throttle position is confirmed to the ECU by Throttle Position Sensor (TPS).

Redundancy in the system (APS and TPS each send two sets of signals to the ECU) ensures some control is maintained in case of failure.

Because the throttle grip is connected to cables, the feel at the grip is like a standard cable-operated throttle.



Transmission

6-speed transmission with overdrive

6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds.

Cruise control (Vulcan 1700 Nomad only)

Operation of the cruise control is conveniently from the right handle.

Cruise control can be activated between 47 km/h (30 mph) and 137 km/h (85 mph) in 3rd gear or above.

Operating the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal causes the cruise control to be disengaged. Closing the throttle beyond the “zero-throttle” position is another instinctive way to disengage the cruise control.


Chassis

With VN1700 series models featuring a more compact package than their predecessors, the new frame was designed for light weight and light handling.

Light handling

Designed from the start to be as light and slim as possible, the frame minimises the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary meat. The only forged parts (the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket, rear fender/shock absorber bracket) are areas that require additional strength. The new frame is lighter than that of the VN1600A, with greater torsional rigidity.

More compact in design, the VN1700 has a shorter wheelbase than both the VN2000 and VN1600. The compact design contributes to light handling.

Shorter distance between the seat and frame head pipe facilitates handling at low speeds, especially when executing U-turns.

Tire choice and suspension settings also contribute to the light handling.

 

Chassis variations

The VN1700 Nomad and VN1700 Classic LT add wind protection care of adjustable handlebar-mounted windscreens.

Sub-windscreen and deflectors on the VN1700 Nomad further increase wind protection performance. The sub-windscreen covers the area between the windscreen and headlamp when the windscreen is in the raised position. The fork-mounted deflectors help direct air away from the rider’s legs.

The VN1700 Nomad features hard, lockable panniers (same as those on the VN1700 Voyager). The top-opening panniers provide 38 litres of sealed storage space for overnight touring.

On the VN1700 Classic LT, studded leather saddlebags (like those on the VN900D) offer convenient storage space.

Rider and passenger seats differ between the touring-oriented VN1700 Nomad and cruising-oriented VN1700 Classic/Classic LT. The rider seat of the VN1700 Nomad is the same as that on the VN1700 Voyager; passenger seat is also sculpted for greater all-day comfort. Seats on the VN1700 Classic and VN1700 Classic LT are the same except for the studs.

Also contributing to passenger comfort, the VN1700 Nomad features a luxury backrest with integrated passenger grab bars. On the VN1700 Classic LT, a studded tombstone-shaped backrest provides passenger back support.

As a final contribution to passenger comfort, the VN1700 Nomad features passenger floorboards instead of the footpegs featured on the VN1700 Classic/Classic LT.

Dual adjustable rear air-shocks ensure a comfortable ride feel. Settings are different between the VN1700 Nomad and VN1700 Classic/Classic LT. VN1700 Classic/Classic LT also feature chromed shock covers, contributing the luxurious finish of the rear of the bike.

Front and rear guards on the VN1700 Nomad help protect the bike’s engine and panniers in the case of a stationary fall. Convenient helmet locks located on the left- and right-side pannier guards.


Styling
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Kawasaki Cruisers have always been a showcase of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The VN1700 series models are no exception. Like on the VN2000 models and VN900 models before them, design of the engine covers and bodywork on the VN1700 models received meticulous care to ensure the bikes not only look good from any angle, but also that their elegant form is as pleasing to the touch as to the eye.

 

Engine

Basic engine structure has a great impact on a V-Twin engine’s appearance. Using a semi-dry sump enabled the engine’s long-stroke configuration without increasing its height.

The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved lined that continues to flow through the bike.

Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces. Their three-dimensional form adds volume and gives a quality appearance.

The edges of the fins receive a special NC treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight.

All the non-chromed parts of the engine have a matt black finish that further accentuates the chromed parts.

Slim design of the belt drive contributes to appearance, especially on the VN1700 Classic.

 

Bodywork

The elegantly shaped fuel tank tapers at the rear, contributing to the VN1700’s curvaceous figure, its lines flowing through the rest of the bike. The fuel tank’s curves have constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamism that is both powerful a

Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, preventing key bunches from damaging the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is in operation. Turning the ignition switch collar to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart.

Multi-function LCD displays on the tank-mounted instrument cluster are controlled by switches on the right handle. Features include a gear position indicator (new for Kawasaki cruisers), fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range

Pushing the “S” switch to the left (“MODE-A”) toggles the lower display between “CLOCK”, “RANGE” (remaining cruising range) and “AVERAGE” (average fuel consumption). Pushing the “S” switch to the right (“MODE-B”) toggles the upper display from “ODO” to “TRIP-A” to “TRIP-B” and back.

Kawasaki craftsmanship is also evident in the styling motif of the front fender.

Liberal use of chrome contrasts nicely with the bodywork’s deep, lustrous paint. In addition to the engine, the fender brackets, light stays, pannier accents (VN1700 Nomad), front and rear guards (VN1700 Nomad), and rear shock covers (VN1700 Class

Motif from the front fender continues on the rear fender.

The VN1700 is the first Kawasaki Cruiser to feature an elegant LED tailligh




 

 


2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic - USA Specifications
MSRP: $12,199 USD

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin
Displacement: 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x stroke: 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Maximum torque: 108 lb-ft @ 2,250 rpm
Cooling: Liquid, plus cooling 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: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Frame: Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake / trail: 30 degrees / 6.7 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: 98.4 in.
Overall width: 40.4 in.
Overall height: 45.5 in.
Ground clearance: 5.1 in.
Seat height: 28.3 in.
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Curb weight: 761 lbs.**
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Colors: Ebony
Warranty: 12 Months

 



 

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic - Canada Specifications
MSRP: $TBA CDN

Engine
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement 1,700 cm3
Bore and Stroke 102 x 104 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Valve System SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel System Fuel injection:?42 mm x 2
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump

Drivetrain
Transmission 6-speed overdrive with positive neutral return
Final Drive Belt
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.515 (50/33)
Gear Ratios: 1st 3.077 (40/13)
2nd 1.900 (38/20)
3rd 1.407 (38/27)
4th 1.143 (32/28)
5th 0.967 (29/30)
6th 0.806 (29/36)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.250 (72/32)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

Frame
Type Double-cradle, steel
Wheel Travel: Front 140 mm
Wheel Travel: Rear 80 mm
Tyre: Front 130/90B16M/C 67H
Tyre: Rear 170/70B16M/C 75H
Caster (Rake) 30º
Trail 177 mm
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 35º / 35º

Suspension
Front: Type 43 mm telescopic fork
Rear: Type Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks
Rear: Rebound Damping 4-way

Brakes
Front: Type Dual 300 mm discs
Front: Caliper Dual twin-piston
Rear: Type Single 300 mm disc
Rear: Caliper Twin-piston

Dimensions
Overall Length 2,500 mm
Overall Width 955 mm
Overall Height 1,465 mm
Wheelbase 1,665 mm
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Seat Height 730 mm
Curb Mass 378 kg
Fuel Capacity 20 litres
Fuel Consumption 6.5 L/100 km (44 MPG)

Performance
Maximum Power 61 kW {82 PS} / 5,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 146 N·m {14.9 kgƒ·m} / 2,750 rpm

Details
MSRP* TBA
Colours Ebony / Metallic Moondust Grey, Candy Neptune Blue / Metallic Phantom Silver
Warranty 24 months

ADDITIONAL COST OPTIONS
Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)


* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.


 

 

 

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