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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan – First Ride Kawasaki on Harley-Davidson and the V-Twin brigade in the Wars.

Ever had the chance to a really big pickup truck, a dually with four-wheel-drive and diesel? Sure it’s a in the parking lot, takes two to get MX bike up into the bed, and the price tops your mom and first house…

But, as say, that “ain’t no for a stepper.” So, no matter how long or the grade, even with the bed to the gunnels, you lean on the power and the is there—no sweat, no strain, all the bulk and work pay off.

what we have here the 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan top of 1700 Vulcan family model year. The Vaquero is a meant to take on Harley-Davidson and the of the touring-oriented V-Twin cruisers have become so popular.

The packet refers to the Vaquero as the Solo Cruiser” and, enough, there’s a sculpted and floorboards for the operator, a skimpy pad and for the packee.

Clearly, Kawasaki considers the and cruiser markets to be important as the 2011 Vulcan Vaquero is tailored. The goal is to offer the profile, long and low and curved. it’s the style that Motorcycle for at least two generations of and the Vaquero is a point-by-point match for FLT.

No offense intended, if we didn’t get to copy what only Peugeot would four-valves-per-cylinder heads, and only would offer the electric starter.

Because the hard full fairing, floorboards and add bulk to an already big package, the Vulcan became the foundation for the and the Vulcan 2000 line was put on

The 1700 engine is a 52-degree slightly undersquare at 102mm 104mm …. It is liquid-cooled, with four-valve heads, crankshaft (for the classic potato-potato exhaust beat), and at 108 foot-pounds of torque, no power given. EFI and digital ignition, of

There are six speeds in the gearbox, the top two overdrive so the sprockets for the belt drive can be the most efficient

There are some clever here: One, the dual bodies are controlled by the ECU, as we say, but the actual throttle pulls a cable, so the rider the feel normal to the now-banished two, the radiator is integrated the bodywork while the cylinders fins, as seen in air-cooled and three, the rear suspension is shock absorbers, again the old days. You can’t see them, but are there and can be adjusted for preload air, and offer four-position adjustment.

There’s an instrument a muscle car, the press says—with speedo, tachometer, of warning lights and controls. that is the sound system, AM/FM radio (optional XM) and iPod operation (via the switchpod), and cruise control and to report mpg and time and more.

the image being created for model, Vaquero in Spanish to Cowboy, and cowboys, as Willie reminds us, are always alone, eh?

The press packet refers to the as the “Ultimate Solo Cruiser” sure enough, there’s a seat and floorboards for the operator, a pad and pegs for the packee. The sound and cruise control, normally are standard, while the saddle, boards and backrest are options, one guesses, if they expected the to travel two-up, they’d named it the Spanish equivalent of Fun stuff, marketing.

It would be to find a feature not featured as in crashbars now known as case 5.3-gallon fuel tank, bags and helmet locks, shift, cast wheels fat tires, and so forth. But we should get for a $16,499 MSRP.

The radiator is into the bodywork while the have fins, as seen in days.

Such features add up in ways, too, and the straight-shooting reports a ready-to-ride weight of 835 Wheelbase is 65.6 inches, by the factory as “relatively short,” it is considering the cruiser-style long-and-low and the size of the drivetrain.

“Big” is the word here and that’s the intent and there’s of tradition favoring the big motorcycle.

If, and time for true confessions, a who’s 5-foot-9 and weighs 150 in his waterproof boots tips the past a certain angle and the are on full lock, the Vaquero keep on tripping and the rider—no for guessing who—will not be able to it up.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

Big? Make that big, and heavy.

Even so, as the goes, the faster you go, the lighter the feels. The posture is classic as the seat is shaped right and the bars are just high and close enough for style and The rocker shift falls to foot, the brakes do exactly your pressure demands.

more than one metric that’s hampered function achieving form, but not this

Speaking of quirks, when installed the cable to mitigate they went a tad too far, in the cable has some lag, like the analog kind. The gauge is more precise it needs to be, so that in traffic, the goes way close to the red zone but down when under there’s an electric fan, of and the temperature never got into the zone, but most such just sit there, no worries.

The exhaust note is pleasant and so one knows it’s a single-pin, Twin, just as it should, but so civilized there’s no bark, no Okay, we know too loud offense, but even so…

Finally, the part. The under-square engine is a bit below 2500 rpm, … and low speed does and the big engine has a rev range matching the dashboard redline, but the midrange is a

Torque works.

You need three to six thou, pick any of the four gears and there’s an rush, topping anything pop’s Panhead ever of.

Further, a day’s ride the Texas piney woods at the introduction returned 40.4 and the wind of deflectors—plural because a choice of heights, deflector it’s too low to be a called a windshield—do the wind without blocking the And not the least of virtues, you can drag the while playing sportbike, but it effort.

Kawasaki has bet lots of work and money on a cruiser works better than the image, so the bet from here is its bet will pay off.

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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