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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero Motorcycle Test

Day Duke – Cooler Than

Back when I was a kid, my dad some basic ideas of it is to be a man’s man. He swung a for a living, smoked Marlboro drank Schaefer beer, and was only one movie star a man could admire: John The Duke. If anyone was channel which in those days getting up and turning the dial, and we a John Wayne cowboy that was it, that’s where the would stop.

The Duke was than life: always the guy, a straight shooter, and fools dared cross his Anyone who attempted to draw on the paid for it, dearly.

As time’s by, there’ve been perhaps too modern action heroes to the waters of celluloid manhood. Bruce (Willis), Arnold, and Sly stand a chance against Wayne. ‘Nuff said!

As I around the 2011 Kawasaki 1700 Vaquero for the first at the recent press launch, in, enough, Houston, Texas, I was on camera, to qualify who would this bike. Who was it aimed at? I must admit, John did not come to mind. I see the John of my youth as the Vulcan 1700 kind of guy. But after time aboard the Vaquero and it more, I saw a modern day John riding off into the sunset.

Not the man but a modern man’s man with the and traits of the Duke. A real man who whiskey, drives a pickup, and eat quiche.

Kawasaki chose to use the Spanish for cowboy, vaquero, as the bike’s I think it fits well. I see bike appealing to the independent, lone wolf man’s man out A Kawasaki representative told a of a husband and wife’s first with the Vaquero at a recent Motorcycle Show. The husband, a big marched right over and “Yeah!

That’s it! That’s the for me!” (me being the key word and the wife disagreed, until she saw the version with all sorts of amenities attached. Well, I with the husband. That is the for him. Just him.

the bike he can ride to show his his fortitude. It’s the bike will show the world a bada$$. Shame on him for forgetting his partner. And I can imagine how the conversation over dinner that

She probably won, and he’ll down his Vaquero, poor But for his inner cowboy, the Vaquero out to him.

Although there is a resemblance to Kawasaki’s king-sized the Voyager, many revisions been made as Kawasaki and fine-tuned the Vulcan 1700 to meet enthusiasts’ demands. is not merely a blacked-out Voyager luggage. No sir-e-e. We’ve the Voyager a couple times most recently in the November

So I’ll spend most of my here describing the differences and that come along the 2011 Vaquero.

Obviously, the apparent change is the lack of pack topcase. This 60 pounds off the Voyager, and with the remaining essentially the same, gives the Vaquero sportier characteristics. The 45mm front remain, except they got the treatment, and, out back, the shock air fittings were to a position hidden under the

This is due to the fact that removing the topcase, Kawasaki cleaned up the bodywork with attractive filler panels the sidecases and the rear fender, would have obscured the Voyager air fitting access. you remove the seat, you’ll notice twin helmet hooks. The lack of hooks was a of mine about the original Somebody’s listening.


The Voyager look-alike frame-mounted fairing gets a low-profile, smoke windscreen which instant street cred. You may we bolted on a similar low-profile screen to our Voyager demo last summer. And while touring comfort was compromised, no denying the chopped version has a “tough hombre” look.

The 5″ tall Vaquero windscreen is not the accessory unit. There’s the 6-1/2″ tall smoked available, as well as 12″-, 16″-, and 18″-tall clear in the Kawasaki accessory catalog. Me?

keep the 5″ stocker. You’ll the Candy Fire Red version of the has a color-matched headlight surround, the Ebony Black Vaquero the chrome version. I like the look on the red Vaquero, but I agree Kawasaki’s choice to retain the on the black version. A black might have been too

Also, where driving reside on the Voyager, the Vaquero a pair of louvered ducts seemingly lead nowhere, but add to the image. Hanging below the is an all-new, aggressively styled surround chin scoop It adds a sporty flavor to the and it’s a departure from the bulbous, rounded leg shields.

On the side of the upper fairing, the is faced with a color-matched red gage surround panel on the red while the ebony bikes get a satin black panel. An step goes into the red panels to provide a smooth finish. All Vaqueroes get a new red backlight on the speedo and tach, with an center LCD panel.

The superb audio system has FM, AM and WX and is compatible iPod, XM tuner, or CB radio, add the accessory modules you desire. and right lockable glove provide a handy place for smaller items, and just those are block plates for fog light switch and power position. Flowing down the fairing, I immediately noticed the handlebar clamps, speaker and tank panel, again of mine after spending on the Voyager with its sunlight-reflecting parts.

Actually, there many chrome accents on the at all; engine guards, mirrors, handlebars, sidebag taillamp, and thin analog trim. That’s about it. provide just enough to the glossy paintwork.

The multitextured engine and chassis treatment, Volcanic Magma, covers the air-cleaner cover, wheels, and assembly, giving the bike a look.

Beneath the darkness is the Vaquero’s liquid-cooled single overhead cam with 108 ft-lbs. of torque, powers all four Vulcan models: Voyager, Classic, and Vaquero. It’s been upon by Kawasaki for 2011, in the breathing department. The intake has a redesigned shape with volume for improved idle and a linear throttle response.

calls it ported, but it’s not more like the casting was up for better flow. The Vaquero only gets a new second ring for improved durability, a lower primary chain for weight reduction, and no damper on the for a more V-twin character Vulcan 1700 Classic the same clutch).

Another mechanical distinction is a new first ratio which is intended to “shifting sound” from to first. In other words, 1700 riders complained of a The clunk is still there, a little lighter.

And third and gears on the Vaquero have teeth contact areas for a shift and reduced noise. As in Vulcan 1700 models, and sixth gears are both Nomad, Voyager, and Vaquero get a new dual muffler set for reduced level at cruising speeds, and the fiber drive belt is now 2mm with a new tension spec for tracking and reduced noise.

efficient electronic throttle system (ETV), a semi fly by with cruise control, standard on the Vaquero. Two throttle exit the handgrip control and on an accelerator position sensor From there the TPS and ECU make and control engine throttle.

It’s smart and works

Nine-spoke, cast-aluminum, flat wheels hold fat 130/90-16″ and 170/70-16″ rear radial that offer solid characteristics. Braking hardware of dual 300mm front with twin-piston calipers and a rear disc with a caliper. There is no ABS available on the

I locked the rear brake a times, but I was trying hard. For the in cost, I’d say the Vaquero brakes are fine as is.

In perhaps my favorite of the Voyager, the lockable, side-loading bags are a welcome change. in shape to the former Vulcan Nomad, these attractive new feature a smoother, redesigned The operation of the latches needs a one-finger touch, and they close, and lock easily.

provide nearly 10 gallons of space, plenty for an overnight or a place to store a half They’re beautifully integrated to the fender filler panels, they’re spacious and carry the long, low look to the tail. saddlebag liners are available.

A saddle offers a comfortable position, and there’s minimalist pad for when this buckaroo a filly and offers a ride. tuned for an accessory rider which will fit into the in the seat just aft of front position. Seat height is the as the Voyager, 28.7″.

The Vaquero’s differ from the Voyager and are forward, more akin to the board position.

While manufacturers claim market which misses the mark Kawasaki rounded up the right when they decided to this iron horse. fun to ride, powerful, and exudes a masculine attitude whether still or riding the plains. No from this cowhand.

And I think Dad and the Duke would be to see me riding one. RB


Kawasaki offers a large of optional accessories, including an connector, XM radio module, gel seat, saddlebag liners, lights (essentially the Voyager lights), DC power sockets, cover trim, saddlebag top and more. I admonish Kawasaki for the dual gel saddle, passenger and passenger floorboards. How dare it accessories to make a man’s motorcycle into a fun family

But my favorite new accessory is the GPS mount/billet clamp. Available in chrome or it replaces the Vulcan’s pair of clamps with a solid piece unit with a platform for accessory mounting. As you can I’m partial to the black version.

By Lita, Photos by Adam

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