2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero

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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan

Photography by Adam Campbell and Jones

Everything about ride seemed fitting. The I’m riding—the 2011 Kawasaki Vaquero—is large and in charge, the I’m on are seemingly never ending, and nothing but country fields on side, broken up by the occasional towns that have weathered the test of time. The are rolling by effortlessly, thanks to my comfortable saddle and remarkably ride.

No matter how you slice it, the outside Montgomery, Texas made for motorcycles like I should have known Kawasaki would introduce its cruiser here. After Vaquero is Spanish for cowboy, and something this state not lack.

But all that aside, the point of this new machine?

comfortable ergonomics and significant protection, the Vulcan Vaquero is for long-distance travel.

In an ever-evolving market manufacturers are always for ways to expand their without investing too heavily in Team Green found a in its cruiser lineup. Until the cruiser rider who enjoyed big muscle and styling had the Vulcan Classic to ride, while the touring oriented set were by the Vulcan 1700 Voyager.

But about those who wanted Well that’s where the 1700 Vaquero comes in, as the “Ultimate solo cruiser” for without a destination.”

With powerful design objective, who to style and create a purely motorcycle than…the Japanese? But KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) had from its KMC (Kawasaki Motor brethren right here in the The design objective was pretty it was to be an aggressive and sporty bagger a low stance and plenty of curves.

And because no cruiser stays for long, the Vaquero’s accessories designed alongside the actual Many of these accessories be available by the time bikes hit the floor and can be purchased—and installed—on the

With a 30-degree rake the Vaquero prefers gentle over tight turns.

All it is one glance at these pictures to that the Vaquero is a large With a 65.6-inch wheelbase a long motorcycle, but all this estate is used to cradle the in luxury for the long haul. the designers focused on smooth, lines that naturally your eyes from the top of the to the bottom of the saddlebags.

The rear molding is even designed to integrate to the saddlebags, which are the same bags as those on the Vulcan 1600, but with lids.

Despite the flowing the Vaquero still manages to a bold, cruiser look, more dramatic with the magma matte black” finish. Don’t worry, if you chrome all over your there are a host of accessory to take care of that as

Despite the 108 ft. lbs. of torque the engine churns out, it neck-snapping power. It also ran while sitting idle, being liquid-cooled with cylinders.

Propulsion for the Vaquero from the same 1700cc seen on the rest of the Vulcan platforms, but with a few minor some–like revised piston to improve engine durability. A intake manifold increases and is claimed to provide more throttle response, though in this department are hard to thanks to Kawasaki’s already Electronic Throttle Valve

This equates to a powerplant delivers a claimed 108 ft. lbs. of at a low 2750rpm. Power reaches the through a six-speed transmission on the other Vulcans, except the does away with the primary chain guide to weight. A non-damper type is said to improve engine though in all honesty it was near to tell a difference without of the Vulcans to compare it to.

The Vaquero’s also receives a shorter gear ratio (44/15 40/13) which is said to “shifting sound,” or that noise when shifting first gear from And sure enough, our first experience proved this to be Third and fourth gears have taller tooth to increase the surface area in with each gear.

too is claimed to reduce shifting and provide smoother torque While I couldn’t hear a between shifts, I couldn’t but notice how smooth the transmission is

The Vaquero rides on a wide front tire. Bumps are with a 45mm fork, 300mm discs and twin-piston bring the bike to a stop. quality is plush and all three are needed to slow down

In the handling department, the Vaquero 45mm forks, larger the other models in the Vulcan with spring rates different to account for the variation in Rear shocks are air adjustable, a that’s easily done an accessory pump sold And though the frame-mounted front is largely a trim piece, it has a use: it deflects air towards the instead of to the rider—something I noticed hand while riding on the

Riders over the six-foot will probably want to opt for one of the windscreen options as oncoming air is to be directed straight at their Kawasaki claims the rider is also more expanded other Vulcan models, to “more room for bigger American

Hearing those words had me a worried since, at 5-foot with a 30-inch inseam, I a hard enough time the controls on some big-displacement anyway. Thankfully this the case with the Vaquero. The saddle is close enough to the to almost give the impression I was on a standard, not a cruiser.

Floorboards of footpegs also helps to the reach problem.

It’s a mentioned before, but once I couldn’t help but notice how smooth the Vaquero is to ride. very little vibration through the handlebars and the entire feels solid. Twisting the really just activates a controlling the throttle bodies, but its is so seamless that I really miss throttle cables

But, despite its 1700cc and a 108 pound-feet of torque, the engine me wanting more.

Turning up the wick after a stop sign just send my head snapping the way I was hoping. Still, the heel/toe is a nice touch and rowing the gears is simply effortless even easier thanks to the gear indicator located on the Speaking of which, the layout of the dash is simple and elegant; bright analog gauges fuel level, speedometer, and engine temperature.

Strong in the backlit gauges makes easy to read both day and

The instruments are reminiscent of muscle car Analog guages meter road speed, engine and engine temperature. The digital in the center displays tripmeters and has a gear indicator. Below the the Vaquero’s audio system crisp sounds and can toggle different bands, including XM and bands for iPods.

These can all be toggled with the left

Out on the open road, the Vaquero is in its Cruise control is simple to and comes in handy when you can see the ahead for miles. Gentle are preferable to sharp curves, the high-profile 130-series front and 30-degree rake angle for a machine that doesn’t any sudden movements side to

  Heavier riders will to opt for the pump to increase rear air pressure.

As stock, each is set to zero psi, but our test were pumped to 20psi, was just slightly firm for my frame. Stopping duties are by 300mm discs—two up front, one in the each are paired with a caliper. Believe me, you’ll all six to slow you down.

Adjustable brake and clutch are a nice touch as well.

a long-distance cruiser, the last the Vaquero needs is to refuel in town. Thankfully, a 5.1 gallon tank means that be necessary.

Designed as an integrated of the bike, each saddlebag seamlessly with the bodywork. each bag is spacious, neither has for a full-face helmet.

Overall, I the Vaquero hit its mark. It’s an long-distance touring cruiser doesn’t tax the body and makes the look good everywhere he With a whole host of options available, there’s nothing you can’t alter or

A little more power have satisfied my cravings in the department, but by no means is it a slouch. And almost 836 pounds to lug around, the is easily forgiven this shortcoming.

At $16,499, the Vaquero comes with a best-in-class base warranty. In addition, up to 36 months are on affer. With we turn to the Smart Cycle rider rankings, where we what to expect from bike if you’re a beginner, or expert rider.

New riders stay far away from the if for no other reason than sheer weight. It’s a machine that will bite the uninitiated, especially tight maneuvers.


riders may be able to handle the if they’re quick learners. the weight issue is the main of concern. If you feel you can adapt and you’re yearning for a big-inch cruiser, this might be a first choice.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero


Engine: Four-…, SOHC, four-valve per cylinder, V-twin

Displacement: 1,700cc /

Bore x Stroke: 102 x 104mm

ratio: 9.5:1

Maximum 108 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm

Cooling Liquid, plus cooling

Ignition: TCBI with Advance

Induction: Digital injection, dual 42mm bodies

Transmission: 6-speed overdrive and positive neutral

Frame Type: Steel, with box-section single-tube

Rake/Trail: 30deg./ 7.0 in.

Front / wheel travel: 45mm fork / 5.5 in.

Rear Suspension / travel: Swingarm with air-assisted shocks, with rebound damping / 3.1 in.

Front Size: 130/90-16

Rear Size: 170/70-16

Brakes, / rear: Dual 300mm dual twin-piston calipers / 300mm disc, twin-piston

Overall length: 98.8 in.

width: 38.2 in.

Overall 50.8 in.

Seat height: in.

Curb weight: 835.7

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

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