2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero vs. 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide…

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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

Kawasaki’s Vaquero is gunning Harley’s Road Glide

The crop of race-repli sportbikes the only place you’ll closely matched motorcycles all for the attention and dollars of the same of customers. The cruiser world is to see its share of …-for-tat, too.

Victory baggers zero in on Street Glide and Road models. More brands in on the action.

A quick glance of the new Vaquero. introduced the end of last reveals this new Kawi is targeting Harley-Davidson’s Road Custom.

Both machines prominent frame-mounted fairings house robust sound gauge packages, etc. bike also features hardbags and a long, low profile – or as as a touring cruiser can appear and low.

Whether or not Kawasaki readily admit it, the Vaquero clear that Kawasaki, Victory, wants a piece of big bagger pie.

Bagger from another mother?

The power unit, a 1700cc x 104mm) liquid-cooled, SOHC, 52-degree V-Twin, is bigger the standard 45-degree, air-cooled, Twin Cam in the ’Glide.

But for those who desire a bigger a few 2011 Harleys are offered an optional PowerPak. The most component of this optional is the 103-cubic-inch Twin (1690cc; 98 mm x 111 making it a …-on displacement for the Vaquero, also a 103-incher.

So for the of displacement parity, we took our Glide Custom with larger engine option.

the Vaquero’s engine technically square, it’s so close to it’s scary. The Harley on the other hand, is a stroker by This Milwaukee Twin’s … (undersquare) design favors producing peak at lower rpm.

As you can see by the dyno the 103 in the Harley is an equalizer, although it out-twist or out-power the Vaquero’s Twin.

The Harley’s 65.9-peak figure is just a tick off the 67.1 horsepower. Even is the Road Glide’s 81.4 to the Vaquero’s 81.8 ft-lbs, bikes hitting peak at 3250 rpm.

An overlay of each bike’s results shows that, the exception of the Harley’s slightly more linear response in low rpm and torque advantage between 3700 to 4500 rpm, got ourselves a super-tight race in the room.

We’re not sure ever seen two engines so matched. However, final don’t always tell the story.

“With the Harley, you twist the throttle, you clench neck to prevent whiplash,” guest tester Troy

The H-D’s slightly lower – 4.4%, depending on which overall gearing, refined and long … engine among other factors, to what feels like a accelerating, though ultimately not powerful engine.

Of no small too, is the Harley engine’s mounting. This mounting better isolates the chassis power pulse vibrations the engine is under load. A is the “paint shaker” shudder at idle.

Kawasaki’s 1700cc is rigid mounted in its steel-tube frame, making the Vaquero’s stiffer and therefore a more ride when aggressively the bike through turns, at speed.

As you might’ve guessed, a rigid-mount may mean more vibration the rider. To combat engine Kawi designers employed balancers to quell vibes.

you twist the [Vaquero’s] throttle, you clench your neck but realize you don’t have to that sudden surge of isn’t there. You just find yourself going Troy said of the Kawi

The Japanese Vee is smooth at idle, the ’Glide, and in low- to mid-range rpm its power rivals the Harley. rev the Vaquero a littler higher and notice what Kawasaki character, or what they as the sensation of “higher torque

When penning the new Vaquero, Green specifically chose a clutch in order for the rider to feel the engine, or rather, its During the Vaquero’s press Kawi staff speculated increased sensation of torque may not across so obviously to every and depends to some degree on the of the rider and/or the overall on the bike (passenger, loads of and gear, etc.).

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

When I first rode the last December its engine as a pretty smooth-running Twin. Now we’ve had a chance to ride the alongside its marked target, leaving the clutch damper in the would’ve been the better as its rigid-mounted motor transmitted vibration.

The Vaquero Vee is more worthy competition for the Harley but for long-range comfort, our preference is for the and slightly more responsive from Milwaukee.

More just fat Twins

Perhaps in line only to engine and wind protection or storage ergo layout is paramount for a big rig to take the long road While both motorcycles relaxed rider triangles, the handlebar has more pullback to the Road Glide’s bar.

“I the ergonomics of the Vaquero over the observed Troy. “The seem closer and I’m not as hunched though it wasn’t like the H-D a drastic reach.”

I also preferred the Vaquero’s bar however, riders taller say, 5-feet 8-inches or a longer reach should grabbing for the Harley’s handlebar a motion. The seat, floorboard and all seem in proportionate relation to one on both cruisers.

In a nod to the subjective behind assessing a motorcycle’s Troy and I were split on bike had the better seat.

“I the seat on the Harley better,” Troy. “It cradled my tush and had a small lip in the rear that like a mini-backrest.”

Contrarily, I have been happier the Vaquero’s thicker padded that sits 28.7 off the tarmac. Although the RG’s is lower at 27.1 inches, I the Vaquero saddle more yet still supportive enough to numb ….

Where the offers 3.1 inches of rear from its dual shocks air-adjustable preload and four-way damping, the Harley’s air-adjustable move a mere 2.0 inches.

When the roads are mostly the RG’s overall ride is but the Vaquero’s combo of thick foam and ample–by-comparison rear travel make for a downright ride compared to the often-jolting a rider gets from the half of the RG Custom when over rough pavement, joints, etc.

In the ever-present for lower seat heights, has unnecessarily sacrificed suspension and quality. While this of low seat heights benefits the experience for prospective riders, it ride quality too much for a intended for touring use.

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


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