2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Guide

2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS

2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS 2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS

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2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS.

The features of the Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® ABS bagger cruiser add up to the top-of-the-line bagger in its class, encompassing a perfect combination of functionality across a wide range of environments, from inner-city running to cruising down the open road. For 2020, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS is available in Candy Imperial Blue.

It may look like a custom V-twin bagger, but the Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® ABS cruiser is in a class of its own. A roaring 1,700cc engine featuring advanced Kawasaki technology offers a smooth, reassuring ride. The blacked-out engine, distinct bodywork styling and select chrome accents create a unique and bold appearance.

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.

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.

Stylish, frame-mounted fairing
AM/FM/WB audio system with iPod® and SiriusXM® radio compatibility
Sealed saddlebags





2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features



2020 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.

Electronic 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.





2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16,799 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $19,599 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine 4-stroke, 52° V-twin, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,700cc/103.7 cu in
Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 104.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 107.6 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm
Fuel System DFI® 42mm throttle bodies (2)
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Transmission 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 130/90×16
Rear Tire 170/70×16
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
Rake/Trail 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
Wheelbase 65.6 in
Color Choices Candy Imperial Blue
Warranty 36 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, or 36 months
**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). When equipped, California
evaporative emissions equipment adds approximately 2.2 lb.




2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com  Canadian Specifications/Technical Details


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





2020 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details





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