2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700/LT Review —

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Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic Light Tourer

The Vulcan gets a ground-up

Kawasaki’s Vulcan cruiser is of residing in the shadows of the Big Twin Just introduced is a new-from-the-wheels-up cruiser that includes a powerful drivetrain and a nimbler, chassis than the previous 1600. Kawasaki invited us to County just north of San to sample its new line on the area’s coastline and freeways.

The new 1700 the rest of the belt-driven Vulcan by eschewing the heavy shaft-drive of the 1600 in favor of a carbon-fiber belt that is barely than an inch. A belt has the benefits of being lighter, more power to the rear and not suffering the jacking effect on the suspension from a shaft It also makes the bike to customize with aftermarket and sprockets.

When cruisers get big (like the Vulcan 2000 in the lineup), they inevitably get ponderous. Thankfully, V17’s is more compact than the old using a new frame that is wider near the swingarm section. This structural is said to be 40% more rigid but by 4.4 pounds.

Compared to the Vulcan 1600, the chassis is 30mm shorter, to achieve a 13mm reduction in to 65.6 inches.

The Vulcan’s is aided by sharper steering and tighter ergonomics. Its steering rake is reduced 2.0 degrees to degrees, and comfort is enhanced by a reduced stretch to the floorboards and more than an inch to the rider. Its ergos reminded me a bit of V-Star 1300.

We were enthused with the wide primary cover that a rider’s leg to rub against it at a stop, the exhaust headers are neatly away to avoid roasting of

Evidence of the new chassis comes focus as soon as when motoring away from a spot. The 1700 has a natural that is a step above other big-inch cruisers, it to deftly carve tight in parking lots or when off a quick, feet-up U-turn on a road for another pass by the Modestly sized 130/90 and tires on 9-spoke 16-inch surely aid the bike’s agility.

The big Vulc is no less impressive at speeds, responding relatively to a shove on the bars. It’s no of course, but it reacts willingly to a inputs. As with any cruiser, those with floorboards, fun is limited by the amount of cornering

We’re often told riders never complain restricted lean angles, but I imagine we’re the only

A 43mm Showa damping-rod handles front suspension A lack of adjustability is offset by a 5.5 inches of travel. Rear-end is supplied by a pair of rear that are air-adjustable up to 43 psi, as as having rebound damping in four levels.

Just 3.1 of travel are available, so it’s to have the right setup. My weight didn’t require any air but heavier riders would be to air up a bit.

Vulcan 1700 LT

Bargain hunters might be to overlook the standard Classic in of the light-touring LT version. An extra buy-in nets you greater versatility, passenger contentment and a bit of bling.

We spent a half a day riding the LT in blustery conditions, and it was a relief to behind a windshield that is over a 2-inch range. bolstered leather saddlebags stowage for water and a camera, and a keeps your passengers they belong. The seats are with chromed brass that match the detailing on the

But more obvious to the eyes are the paint combos that add to the attractiveness of the black-only Classic. Set a Pearl Burnish Beige is choice of two colors: Metallic Blue or Metallic Dark Both feature accent between the two tones.

Otherwise, the LT has identical features and mechanicals as the Classic. Its $13,799 MSRP two years of warranty coverage to the one year. If I were to buy a Vulcan Classic, I’d definitely choose the LT.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic Light Tourer
Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic Light Tourer

has endowed its latest Vulcan several small but useful that make the bike to live with. Unlike heavyweight cruisers, Kawi has integrated a fork lock the ignition key slot, so there’s no to poke around for a second key or to travel around with a in your pocket.

And the ignition switch holds surprise, as it allows a rider to the key once the bike has fired up to a keychain or other keys marring the nicely embossed surface of the ignition surround. when the ride’s over, twist the ignition ring to the off and the bike can’t be restarted the key is reinserted.

Like most cruiser instrumentation, the Vulcan’s require a rider’s head to forward in order to see all the info. And plenty to look at here. The include goodies like the to empty, average mpg, gauge, a gear-position indicator, a and twin tripmeters – all controlled by switchgear on the left handlebar.

turnsignals are a pleasant addition.

aren’t a glamorous topic in the realm, but the Vulcan deserves for its triple-disc setup. Although the calipers are low-tech in this combined with the large rotors, they do a surprisingly job at hauling the Vulcan down speed. Modulation is quite as both tires can readily be and kept at that point.

Gaining speed is always fun than bleeding it, and the 1700cc delivers a huge spread of that starts just off and doesn’t end until the 6000-rpm rev In fact, the powerband is so exceedingly that it never really any real hit, just a flow of power that comes up a few ponies shy of a Victory or Roadliner. That said, its are impeccable, exhibiting no driveline or throttle-pickup hiccups.

Functionally, we the Vulcan’s chassis performance, and its motor is much more to twist its throttle than the limp 1600. Plus we pleased to see the Vulcan equipped a relatively lengthy list of features.

Yet the Vulcan 1700 out more for how it works than how it Not that it isn’t attractive, just that it’s a bit A large headlight with a chrome shroud leads the way in of an attractive-but-generic teardrop fuel The engine itself it nicely with chrome and polished set off against a matte-black finish.

But, judged purely on a Victory Kingpin or Star will likely garner a number of longing looks.

neither of the aforementioned bikes a list price of just A Roadliner Midnight starts at while a Kingpin 8-Ball for $13,999. A Harley-Davidson Super has a surprisingly low MSRP of $11,999 – it its legendary nameplate with features and less power.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic Light Tourer


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