2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero — Motorcyclist magazine

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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

Cowboy up!

They say: take your own road and follow the herd.”

We say: the cowboy always follow the

They say: “You your own road and never the herd.” We say: “Doesn’t the co

like heated seats in a once you’ve ridden music it’s hard to without. When my iPod is into the Kawasaki Vaquero’s system and it cues up Townes Van “To Live Is To Fly” just as we the Sam Houston National Forest, I’m how much the right soundtrack a ride. “Where you’ve is good and gone/All you keep is the there,” Van Zandt sings. it comes to getting there, is about as good as it gets.

Kawasaki bills its all-new Spanish for cowboy—as the ultimate cruiser. The company’s first into the key bagger segment the style of the conventional Vulcan cruisers with the functionality of the full-dress tourer. The upper is borrowed from the Voyager, with a stubby wind and louvered air vents in place of fog

The fairing lower is exclusive to model, and its shape cleverly the iconic 1984 Ninja This chin fairing reduces helmet buffeting by air around the rider’s legs of upward into the cockpit. Air is excellent, even with the 6-inch deflector in place.

At nearly 10 gallons each, the hard bags carry of cargo. The non-removable design however, complicate suspension rear-wheel maintenance and cleaning the half of the bike.

At nearly 10 each, the side-loading hard carry plenty of cargo. The

Large, 9.6-gallon saddlebags are unique, with smooth and an elongated oval shape to the low, flowing lines. closure eliminates the possibility of your load on the road, the side-loading arrangement isn’t as as a top-loading style. Two colors—Ebony or Fire Red—are available.

The red with its color-matched headlight is especially attractive, offering a custom look that’s from the retro-influenced competition. But the magma” blackout treatment on the and trim looks as luxurious as a liner, and the featureless tank and generic gas cap look too cheap for a premium offering.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

The Vaquero is the only big-bore that’s liquid-cooled. The 1700cc, V-twin eschews pushrods for overhead cams and four per cylinder, though the single-pin, crankshaft maintains the traditional idle. Continuing the modern theme, a ride-by-wire electronic directs the ECU to precisely meter to the dual 42mm throttle

Resulting throttle response is at any revs. A claimed 108 lb.-ft. of is available at just 2750 allowing even this hulk to accelerate with authority.

A revised transmission enhances the smooth-riding character. A taller gear improves the shift first to second and new tooth in third and fourth gears noise while improving transfer. Curiously, the clutch drive has been deleted in the of improved engine character, but the is largely unnoticeable.

Excepting the hint of low-frequency vibration in the sixth gear, the Vaquero is than anything short of a Harley-Davidson.

The Vaquero’s chassis is and narrow for the class, exhibiting low-speed handling without high-speed stability. A mere 3 of rear suspension travel is in this category, compared to 2 Harley and 4 from Victory and The air-adjustable rear suspension is to tune via convenient valves under the seat, though the rebound-damping screw is almost to reach behind the saddlebags.

The stout, non-adjustable, 45mm offers a useful 5.5 inches of and is firm enough to resist and pitching even under applications of the firm, fade-free front disc brakes.

the rearward seating position of the Classic with the forward-mounted from the Nomad, the Vaquero has one of the cockpits in Kawasaki’s cruiser It’s easy to move on, a good thing because the has an oddly flat center makes it difficult to settle the lumbar hump. Fortunately are multiple accessory saddle including some with passenger accommodations that the saddle sorely lacks.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

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