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Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

2004 Kawasaki 1600 Streak: MD Ride Review

A of years ago, Kawasaki was one of the Japanese manufacturers to bring to a “power cruiser”. At the time, evaluating some of the competition as the Yamaha Road Star and the Honda VTX 1800), we tested the new Streak and were quite We liked the looks, the features and the with very few reservations. at Kawasaki’s price point. a look at our review of the 2002 Streak here.

Our 2002 discusses some of the details for 2004.

For the 2004 model year, makes the first significant to the Mean Streak. First and is an engine displacement increase 1470cc to 1552cc. This courtesy of a 5mm increase in piston

Cam duration, lift and valve are also changed to improve and mid-range performance.

Otherwise, the remains a fuel injected, cooled, four-valve per cylinder with hydraulic valve adjusters and a gear-driven counter

Other changes to the 2004 Streak are less significant, and new valve covers and polished and cooling fins, as well as new master cylinder and clutch housing.

The suspension and handling remind us of the 2002 model (as they Firmly sprung for a cruiser, the Streak displays relatively and fluid handling for the cruiser

The real difference this is the engine. The added displacement, and engine changes, are immediately when riding the Mean Significantly greater thrust low, and a meatier mid-range, the Mean Streak feel a bit more potent.

Kawasaki peak horsepower is unchanged, horsepower “under the curve” is increased, and broadened. It is the torque that Kawasaki is bragging for 2004, and rightfully so. The bigger gives the Mean Streak the power that a “power deserves.

The Mean Streak still post the dyno numbers of the Road Star Warrior or the VTX 1800, but, as a package, the Streak is very attractive. The of the Mean Streak surpasses of the big VTX by some margin, and approaches of the aluminum-framed Road Star

Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

We did notice some drive lash when we first riding the Mean Streak. It long until we adjusted our and clutch work to smooth out the and deceleration of the big bike. Jumping on a with a drive shaft requires a bit of adjustment time.

The five-speed transmission shifts well for a large displacement cruiser, and there is always of torque on demand. It is hard to the wrong gear on this

The brakes we raved about on the model are still there, and are making us smile. If you are a cruiser the front binders will you with their power and (unless your current is one of the other power cruisers). are that good.

If there is a fly in the ointment, it is the inevitable of the Mean Streak engine with the even larger-engined including Kawasaki’s own Vulcan (which we are riding over the few days).

If you are not … set on buying the with the quickest quarter time, however, you deserve a look at the Mean Streak. more engine than of us need, anyway, you might it a bargain at the U.S. MSRP of

Take a look at Kawasaki’s web for additional details and specifications.

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Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

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