2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Review

2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS


2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS


2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS


2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS


2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS



2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Review


2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS on www.Totalmotorcycle.com




The Vulcan® 1700 Vaqero® is based on the Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® and it features many original-design components like the engine shrouds, side covers, rear fender, mufflers and side opening saddlebags. The Vaquero’s numerous blacked-out parts contribute to a hard, aggressive image.


Kawasaki continues to lead the industry in comfort and produce high performing, incredibly versatile and dependable motorcycles with its stylish 2017 Vulcan® model lineup. Whether on a spacious highway or roaming the city, touring is one of the most pure segments of motorcycle riding, relaxing the mind and enriching the soul.


Powered by a V-twin 903cc engine offering excellent performance, traditional styling and modern dependability, the Vulcan 900 cruiser satisfies the rider by delivering far more substance than anybody would expect and setting the bar high in the mid-weight cruiser category.


For riders looking for the ultimate long-distance machine, Kawasaki offers the Vulcan 1700 family of motorcycles. The Vulcan® 1700, Voyager® ABS and Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® ABS present riders with a classic V-twin experience equipped with Kawasaki dependability. All Vulcan 1700 models are backed by a three-year limited warranty, with additional protection available for up to 36 months through the optional Kawasaki Protection Plus™ plan.


Whether on the open highway or busy city streets, the 2017 Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® ABS motorcycle has the muscle to log miles with style – style that pays homage to its classic cruiser roots.


The thunderous 1700cc V-twin, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine has an Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) to ensure smooth power delivery, four-valve heads with hydraulic valve adjusters, a six-speed transmission for relaxed cruising, plus a hydraulic clutch and final belt drive. Additionally, the Vaquero cruiser has Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT) ABS and twin front brake discs, providing both front and rear braking whenever either hand or foot brake is applied and creating confidence on the road.


With a color-matched inner dash and black trim on the gauges, turn signals and tail lights, the rider’s view of the Vaquero lends itself to the scenery of the open road. A locking glovebox on each side of the fairing provides storage for garage door openers, sunglasses and other necessary items. Large, powerful speakers deliver sound from the built-in stereo, and all the necessary rider information is displayed to the rider via classically styled analog gauges as well as an LCD display panel.


All of the features of the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS motorcycle add up to a truly top-of-the-line bagger, encompassing a perfect combination of functionality across a wide range of environments; from inner-city running to cruising down the open road.




•Fuel-injected 52-degree 1,700cc V-twin delivers high torque levels with a powerful and distinct V-twin feel
•Electronic cruise control system can be activated in 3rd gear or at any speed between 30mph and 85mph
•Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS helps ensure ideal brake force distribution for confident braking
•Stylish, frame-mounted fairing keeps steering feel light by directing aerodynamic forces into the chassis
•Feature-rich, AM/FM/WB audio system with iPod® and SiriusXM® radio compatibility
•Hard, lockable and sealed, side-opening saddlebags provide nearly 10 gallons of storage space each





2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features









2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


V-Twin Engine
Long stroke engine designed to deliver high levels of torque.
Liquid-cooled A/C generator reduces the temperature of generator stator coils and thus increases output to handle additional accessories.
Semi-dry sump(KP) design reduces overall engine height and keeps excess oil away from the crank to prevent power-robbing stirring loss. Oil is stored in the transmission, which eliminates the need for an oil tank. Triple oil pumps (2 scavenge and 1 feed pump) help reduce stirring loss and provide superb oil circulation.
Water jackets surround only the top quarter of the cylinders and the polished-edge fins match the cylinder heads while attractively tapering to the cylinder bases.
High-performance forged pistons(KP) are lightweight, stronger and more heat resistant than cast versions. Oil jets help cool the pistons for added durability.
Dual primary engine balancers (KP) and rubber engine mounts (KP) help isolate high-frequency vibration while providing the rider with the core power-pulse feeling of the muscular engine.
Single-pin crankshaft for that classic V-twin rumble and characteristic pulse.


Digital Fuel Injection (KP)
Dual 42mm throttle bodies with Atomizing Fuel Injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better combustion and fuel consumption.


Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) (KP)
The throttle pulley operates an acceleration position sensor (APS) that uses the ECU to send a signal to a small motor that actually operates the throttle valves. This makes throttle pull very light for reduced rider fatigue and the more precise throttle control results in better performance, smoother running and increased fuel mileage.
Using a cable-operated APS eliminates expensive switch housing electronics that can be damaged and costly to replace should the motorcycle get tipped on its right side.


Cruise Control
Works in conjunction with the ETV to automatically maintain a set speed when in third gear or higher and when traveling between 30 and 85 mph.
Convenient controls located within easy thumb reach on the right handlebar.


TCBI with Digital Advance (KP)
Microprocessor controlled timing provides precise engine management.


6-Speed Transmission
Overdrive 6th gear reduces rpm at higher speeds and helps increase fuel mileage.
Gear position sensor communicates with the ECU to help reduce fuel consumption and adjust timing to provide better power feeling, and an indicator on the speedometer allows the rider to monitor current gear position at a glance.


Belt Drive
Lower unsprung weight than shaft drive to improve ride quality and suspension action.
Carbon fiber belt provides much more strength than Kevlar while allowing the belt to be narrower.
More efficient so more power reaches the rear wheel.
Low maintenance and low noise.


Large steel box-section backbone frame is very rigid and helps contribute to high stability and lightweight handling at low speeds.
Low profile reduces seat height for an easier reach to the ground.


Dual Air-Assisted Rear Shocks
Air shocks provide a wide range of adjustment to match the load or riding preference.
Special spring rates to match the increased weight of the trunk and saddlebags.


Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT)(KP)
K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS is a linked brake system that ensures ideal brake force distribution for confident, highly effective braking.
Electronic system controls brake force distribution between the front and rear brakes to enhance overall braking performance, no matter how hard the front and/or rear brakes are applied.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is incorporated into K-ACT to help prevent the wheels from locking during hard, straight-up braking for enhanced control.
For maximum controllability in tight corners or when making U-turns, K-ACT does not engage when braking is initiated at speeds below 12 mph. The ABS disengages at speeds below 4 mph.


Triple Disc Brakes
Dual 300mm front discs and a single 300mm rear disc stop with authority.


Frame-Mounted Fairing
Directs wind buffeting to the chassis to keep steering feel light and pure.


Full-Featured Audio System
Navigation audio prompt capability allows voice prompting audio to be heard through the speakers (or Kawasaki Genuine Accessory Helmet Headsets) when using Garmin Zumo 600/665 GPS. (Kawasaki Genuine Accessory GPS mount, adapter kit and GPS sold separately.)
AM/FM tuner with front fairing-mounted 40-watt speakers is standard equipment.
Easy-to-use audio controls are located within easy thumb reach on the left handlebar.
Standard audio system is equipped to easily expand with optional iPod™, XM™ tuner and CB radio attachments.


Electric Speedometer
Electric design reduces weight and eliminates the front wheel drive unit and cable for a cleaner look.
Analog instrument faces & evoke memories of the hot rods from the ’60s.
Digital displays include odometer, trip meter, clock, fuel range and average mpg.
Gear position indicator makes it easy to determine which gear the transmission is in at a glance.


Classic Styling
LED tail light provides excellent visibility when activated, and makes a strong visual statement with chrome surround.
Tank, seat, fenders, saddlebags and details designed with a classic 1960’s feel.
Adjustable front brake and clutch levers and master cylinders enhance rider comfort and styling.


36-month Warranty
Vulcan Vaquero model features a 36-month factory warranty.








2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16799 USD


4-stroke, 52° V-twin, liquid-cooled
1,700cc/103.7 cu in
Bore x Stroke
102.0 x 104.0mm
Compression ratio
Maximum Torque
107.6 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm
Fuel System
DFI® 42mm throttle bodies (2)
TCBI with digital advance
6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final Drive
Carbon fiber-reinforced belt
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
45mm 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
Rear Tire
Front Brakes
Dual 300mm discs, dual four-piston calipers, K-ACT II ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, K-ACT II ABS
Frame Type
Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
30°/7.0 in
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
Curb Weight
844.5 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.3 gal
65.6 in
Color Choices
Candy Cardinal Red
36 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, or 36 months













2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $19399 CAD


Displacement 1,700cc
Type 4-stroke, V-Twin
Bore and stroke 102.0 x 104.0 mm
Cooling Liquid, plus cooling fins
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve system SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel system Digital fuel injection with dual 42 mm throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)
Front: type Dual 300 mm discs
Front: calipers Dual 4-piston caliper
Rear: type Single 300 mm disc
Rear: calipers Twin-piston caliper
Overall length 2,510 mm (98.8 in.)
Overall width 970 mm (38.2 in.)
Overall height 1,290 mm (50.8 in.)
Wheelbase 1,665 mm (65.6 in.)
Ground clearance 145 mm (5.7 in.)
Seat height 730 mm (28.7 in.)
Curb mass** 382 kg
Fuel capacity 20 litres (4.4 gal.)
Transmission 6-speed with overdrive
Final drive Carbon fiber belt
Primary reduction ratio 1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.933 (44/15)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.900 (38/20)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.407 (38/27)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.143 (32/28)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.967 (29/30)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.806 (29/36)
Final reduction ratio 2.250 (72/32)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Tire: front 130/90-B16
Wheel travel: rear 80 mm (3.1 in.)
Tire: rear 170/70-B16
Caster (rake) 30º
Trail 177 mm (7.0 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º
Maximum Power‡ 61 kW {82 PS} / 5,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 146 N.m {14.9 kgf.m} / 2,750 rpm
Suspension, front 45 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping
Warranty 36 months warranty










2017 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


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