2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Cruisers First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic
Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Cruisers First Ride

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 is identifiable by its color-matched hard that look sharp in paint and by the crash guards on the and rear.

Though the 2009 Vulcan now represents the flagship touring for Kawasaki, the 2009 Vulcan is a worthy touring mount in its own The Nomad comes fully with top-opening hard that are weatherproofed and continue the lines established by the tank.

An windshield and lower fork-leg deflectors prevent the wind putting the beat-down on you, but the winds coming off the Pacific proved that the Voyager’s fairing and windscreen do a better The black leather saddle is plushly padded, and ergonomically The passenger seat does a slight lip that applies pressure on the lower back the seat of the Classics.

Spacious give riders a little to slide their feet when you hit the open road. engine guards in front and come standard and offer place to kick the feet up long hauls.

This is a one-horse town, hombre, and my just happens to be the 2009 Vulcan 1700 Classic.

The is more than prepped for a to climb aboard, highlighted by a rear back seat comes complete with a rest, a bar to grip tight, and Lockable, color-matched, top-opening are standard (the same hard side-cases that are on the The 1700cc engine has more enough power to propel passenger and rider.

The engines in both the Nomad and are tuned to provide more at higher rpm, with the 108 lb-ft delivered at 2750 At the throttle, you feel the motorcycle power a tad slower than the or Classic LT, which are tuned so peak torque comes on at rpm. Peak horsepower, a Kawasaki did not release at the intro, is to be at @ 5000 rpm.

Differences in ECU and pipes contribute to the differences in delivery, with the Nomad’s slash cut exhaust tuned for

The digital fuel injection which now uses one sensor in of three, is also tuned to peak

The speedo on the Nomad high on the 5.3-gallon tank and is to read at speed. The LED display below the speedo’s big, gauge is a little trickier to

torque and hp at higher rpm. It is the fuel-injection system used in the Ninja 650R and Vulcan 900 The advantages of switching to one sensor the system’s ability to automatically for altitude changes and to improve economy.

During my tenure on the Nomad, delivery was even and hiccup-free.

questioned about the switch to drive, Kawasaki expounded on the of the carbon fiber belt At only 28mm wide, it keep the width of the motorcycle The carbon fiber belt is to offer 40% higher tensile than a Kevlar belt of the width.

It gives the Vulcan a final drive belt is strong, light and thin, and downshifts and aggressive throttle did nothing to deter it from without any backlash.

Stopping the Nomad is the job of dual 300mm with dual twin-piston on the front while a single disc with a single caliper does duty out The front brakes are powerful and a progressive feel, while the locks without mashing on the pedal too hard. Going from riding the Voyager to the demonstrated how well the Voyagers system really works.

the system standard in all Vulcan models would be a good

The big windshield of the 2009 Vulcan provides plenty of protection wind and debris, but after the Nomad and Voyager back-to-back, notice that the fixed and windscreen on the Voyager does an better job.

The Vulcan Nomad also features a alternator with rare-earth that produce 48.5 of electrical output, enough to power assorted electronic So if you’re looking to dig into the Genuine Accessories goodie bag and on the aftermarket light bar or billet providing juice to the new electronics an issue.

The Nomad is 2.4-inches and 52-lbs lighter than the but handling is comparable between the The 2009 Vulcan Nomad for a couple grand cheaper, an MSRP of $14,399. That will get you a Nomad in Metallic Black (with gold while for $300 more you can away with the Candy Red/ Pearl Luster paint scheme.

With a day in the of Kawasaki’s V-Twin touring under my belt, it was time to my attention to the big, traditionally cruiser, the 2009 Vulcan Classic. It is safe to say that of the four Vulcan 1700 benefitted more from the bump in displacement than the Classic. With a curb 126-lbs

The 2009 Vulcan 1700 has the big-boned styling chops of a cruiser and a healthy V-Twin doling out the power.

lighter the Voyager, the liquid cooled engine sets the bike in with greater gusto. Kawasaki that the new mill puts out 15% torque than the Vulcan With dual staggered and different ECU mapping, the power is more noticeable lower in the rpm than on the other two motorcycles and feels livelier at the throttle.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic

The to the fit and finish of the 2009 Vulcan give it more curb The motorcycle features steel and are the first Kawasaki cruisers a LED taillight. More chrome is throughout the bike, including stays, fork covers, fender stays, instrument shock covers, exhaust and The edges of the cooling fins even received a special NC to add to its luster.

To make them out even more, the other parts that aren’t have a matte black The engine covers are some of the around and conceal part of the machined heads.

The 28.3-inch-high of the 2009 Vulcan Classic me better than the Voyagers. It put pressure in the same spot of my back as the bucket-style seat of the motorcycles. It also felt my legs sat out a little more but the reach to the handlebars is the same.

Floorboards and heel/toe shifters are and stylish.

The speedometer is mounted on the tank and is easy to see while in Control switches on the right let you flip through the trip fuel gauge, clock, and average fuel consumption. But the I like most is the ‘remaining indicator because I’ve run out of gas than my share of times.

The location below the round of the speedo means getting a requires taking your off the road momentarily.

I love around on a brawny classic arms tightening to hold on every twist of the throttle. But the of having an unobstructed view of the comes with a price as blast smacks me about on the Vulcan Classic as we circle Bay.

Bigger engine, chassis, more gears, new drive,

The 2009 Vulcan LT features a big acrylic windshield, leather rider and passenger and studded leather saddlebags.

and chrome make the 2009 1700 Classic a viable in the classic cruiser class. A of $12,299 and Metallic Diablo paint make the package more appealing. There’s a Classic LT version that is with a height-adjustable windshield, rider and passenger seats, backrest, and leather saddlebags.

Two-tone paint on the fenders and and a new 1700 Vulcan Classic LT badge also set it apart the standard Classic. The 2009 LT with its touring options for $13,799, but chew on this. If you to do it all yourself and bought all of the accessories come standard on the Classic LT it’d cost you an extra

Kawasaki throws in a 24-month to boot, twice as much as you’ll get on the Classic. The 2009 1700 Cruisers provide different ways for riders to to “Let the good times

Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic
Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic

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