2004 Kawasaki Mean Streak 1600 — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

2004 Kawasaki Mean 1600

2004 Kawasaki Streak 1600

If you had the opportunity to the cold Chicago winter to do a little canyon blasting on great southern California and you’d get to do it on Kawasaki’s newly Mean Streak, what you say? It had been three since I had thrown a leg over a so I didn’t need to think it for more than a nanosecond. Get me on a big bird; I was stoked and ready to

I saddled up the new Mean Streak at the headquarters in Irvine, and my faithful led me on a brief highway sprint I-5 to San Juan Capistrano. And while my was giving me a little history on the city’s famous Spanish grounds, I must admit my brain was saying, Yeah, just get me to the twisty roads. A few later we were heading into the mountains on the Ortega to put the Mean Streak through its before lunching in Lake which sits in the valley on the side.

Back when 1500cc Mean Streak bowed in as a 2002 model, it right smack in the middle of the performance cruiser wars. had introduced its big, powerful Yamaha weighed in with its Road Star Warrior, and had just launched its V-Rod. testing all of them that it was my opinion that the Mean was the best overall package of the

True, it lacked the raw horsepower to up with the other machines in a race, but it won me over with its of quick handling, smooth quality, outstanding brakes, and manners. It did everything well, peel your eyelids when leaving a stoplight.

Now for Kawasaki has bumped up the performance and an excellent motorcycle even The liquid-cooled, four valves per 50-degree V-Twin motor has bored out from 1470cc to and the cam’s lift and valve were also revised to the motor breathe.

Digital injection provides excellent response, with no surging or because two different systems are according to engine load, and are by a faster electronic Engine Unit. Fuel is fed through 40mm dual throttle while 4 nozzles at the tip of each help to atomize the fuel efficiently. Dual spark cut detonation for added durability.

By rubber engine mounts, hydraulic valve lash and a gear-driven engine balancer, the crankshaft engine runs without annoying vibrations, yet retains the character of a V-Twin And for good measure, new valve and polished cooling fins the engine look better as

In Candy Lime Green, the Streak 1600 looks The sport bike derived fork and pair of six-piston calipers up front keeps the under control when for its limits on the road.

All these improvements add up to a very increase in low to mid-range horsepower and The motor now boasts a claimed 73 at 5300 rpm, and 94 lb.-ft. at rpm, which now gives the Streak all the grunt you need it like you stole it. And the low grumble the dual exhaust is authoritative being overbearing or unpleasant.

A engine is always at the core of a motorcycle, but it’s the totality of the that can make it a great Having satisfied the go part of the Kawasaki addressed the whoa as well. They dipped the parts bin from their ZX of sportbikes, and fitted 293mm floating discs with 6-piston calipers up front, and a single disc with caliper on the rear.

Both exceptional stopping power. The brake requires a light to haul the Mean Streak from speed in a hurry, good modulation and excellent That’s important when you are downhill on the Ortega Highway, and a tight blind turn.

important is how the high-tensile-steel double frame and suspension work to … challenging roads. The fork has 5.9 inches of travel, and good control and feel. If you rode this bike on tight twisties, it could use a bit spring rate.

However, still a cruiser, so it has to be compliant to handle all road conditions. The rear shocks are adjustable for damping and air pressure, but furnish 3.4 inches of travel, so some irregularities are transmitted up through the

Overall, the handling is excellent. Lay the Streak into a turn and it well, and isn’t upset when mid-corner adjustments are because the turn tightens up The performance radial tires a lot of grip, and there is plenty of angle available before the touch down. The pulled-back bars offer good to work the bike from to side when transitioning one turn to the next.

And even a long 67.1 inch a rake of 32 degrees, and a wet weight over 700 pounds, handling is and fairly light. And with all the low and torque at your right powering out of a turn is smooth and in any gear.

The Mean Streak does it job well for relaxed or highway duties. The ride is comfortable, and at a steady 60 miles per the engine is only turning at rpm, and only 3100 rpm at 70 That means, with a of 6000rpm, the engine never strained or overtaxed for long on a superslab.

And without a windshield, the handlebars won’t turn body into a sail at either. The accessory windshield fitted to its Mean Streak bike is a smart addition for any rider.

Shifts are crisp and well in the 5-speed transmission, and Kawasaki’s Neutral Finder is a good for the less dexterous of left Clutch effort is light a wide engagement range. The final drive works with little jacking from on/off throttle

The Mean Streak certainly the part of a drag bike but it was a bit in the past. Now, with an 82cc squeezed into the cooled power plant it post more respectable at the strip.

It’s apparent Kawasaki spends a good of time working on ergonomics. The Streak is a comfortable bike, for an inseam-challenged rider like me. height is a low 27.6 inches.

Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

The controls are placed forward so the drop to the pavement is unimpeded, yet require a stretch for short to operate the controls easily. riders shouldn’t feel either. And there are no engine poking into the rider’s or thighs. That gunfighter seat is very comfortable for the but won’t make any friends a passenger, especially since it back towards the rear

Your guest will be onto your waist than your own belt to from sliding off.

The are comfortably placed, and the smoothly switch gear is where expect it to be. The mirrors could use inch on each stalk, as you see too much of your own shoulders looking rearward. The dual for the speedometer and tachometer are placed the headlight, so they are easy to see taking your eyes off the

The neutral, high beam, and signal lights are located in a chrome tank top panel, with the removable ignition

There are a lot of amenities on the Mean The speedometer has an LED screen that between the odometer, tripmeter, and There are two helmet locks on the fender braces. Both the and clutch levers feature a wheel to adjust for reach, is very handy when from lightweight to heavy

The turn signals are self-canceling. thing you don’t find on bikes these days is a box for the tool kit. On the downside, the is anemic and sounds like out of a Road Runner cartoon.

the Mean Streak gets an A. Its low profile is handsome. The seamless gas tank flows into the of the seat and rear fender. slider guards protect the slider fork. The wheels are 17 aluminum, shod with a front and a 170/60 rear tire.

There is plenty of to catch the eye, from the top console to the round air cleaner drive shaft cover, and on to the shocks and fender trim. The is blacked out, but the covers and of the cooling fins are chromed to visual contrast. The dual pipes look menacing

Fit and finish is also first

After spending a couple of miles on the Mean Streak, I can my opinion from the last I rode it; it is an outstanding motorcycle does everything well. And the increase in horsepower and torque, it is a more enjoyable ride the previous model. In fact, a trip to Kawasaki’s accessory to mount a set of leather saddlebags, a and a luggage rack can transform bike into a sporty cruiser.

It will be comfortable to hours droning along the yet you’ll still have a sporting motorcycle to tackle the roads around your when you arrive. And, as Kawasaki gives you a lot of bang for buck. The new and improved Mean carries the same list of $10,999 as the 2002 model.

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