2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Review

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS


2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Review on Total Motorcycle:

The Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® 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.


•Fuel-injected 52-degree 1,700cc V-twin engine 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
•Comes with a 36-month limited warranty

Kawasaki’s first bagger model follows a wide-and-low concept, its design flowing from the front to the rear of the bike. Along with its hard, sporty image, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero is loaded with high-grade cruising essentials like Kawasaki’s advanced brake system K-ACT ABS, Electronic Cruise Control, and a high-spec iPod-compatible audio system.

Kawasaki continues to lead the industry in comfort and produce high performing, incredibly versatile and dependable motorcycles with its stylish 2018 Vulcan® model lineup. With two engine displacements available there is a Vulcan for anyone looking for a touring motorcycle.

Powered by a V-twin 903cc engine offering excellent performance, traditional styling and modern dependability, the Vulcan® 900 cruiser delivers far more substance than anticipated and sets 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 Vaquero® ABS and Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® 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.

The Vulcan® 900 Classic motorcycle is a mid-sized cruiser that offers a comfortable ride in combination with timeless good looks and a liquid-cooled V-twin engine. The motorcycle features dual slash-cut mufflers and a sound that stirs the soul as it cruises the road. A rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 Classic cruiser keeps the overall weight down and improves rear-end styling. In 2018 this model is available in Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray.

The Vulcan® 900 Classic LT, a V-twin-powered cruiser, is equipped with a distinctive fat 180/70×15 rear tire and has the necessary touring goods to get you to your destination in comfort and style. Both rider and passenger will appreciate the large, adjustable windshield, the deep-dyed saddlebags, and passenger backrest. In 2018, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT is available in Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone.

The Vulcan® 900 Custom styling exudes attitude, from its tall front tire to blacked-out mufflers. In addition, the low-slung gunfighter-type seat, massive rear tire, stylish front-end accentuated by a thin 21” cast wheel and meticulously sculpted bodywork are standout features. The Vulcan 900 Custom motorcycle is available in Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black.

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. The Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS motorcycle is available in Metallic Spark Black.

The Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS motorcycle is intended for riders who seek modern comfort and plenty of technology as well as the legendary Kawasaki dependability. With its ample storage capacity and large fuel tank, the 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS is equipped to reach destinations with ease, and its range of features will help the rider to arrive in comfort. In 2018, the Vulcan Voyager ABS motorcycle is available in Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone.




2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features





2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 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



2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16,799 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
Metallic Spark Black
36 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, or 36 months




2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $19,399 CDN


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



2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)




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