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Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

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The Vulcan Mean Streaks 1,552cc engine packs a punch features such as liquid electronic fuel injection, spark plug digital and four valves per cylinder. It features hydraulic valve adjusters to reduce maintenance and a counter balancer to keep running smoothly.

The Mean chassis provides the rider nimble handling and high-speed unmatched by the competition. Sportbike-style inverted forks and a reinforced with dual air-assisted shocks soak up bumps and irregularities in the road. Stopping is provided by dual radial front disc brakes grippy six-piston calipers and a rear disc brake.

In the world, appearances and rider are every bit as important as massive so Kawasaki polished the valve and cooling fins for a bright, image. The 1600 Mean bright 17-inch aluminum enhance the bikes high-class while high-performance radial provide exceptional grip and

Rumbling across the middle of with the speedometer reading the tachometer registering 3750rpm and the barely off the stop, I set my sights on With another hundred to go, close to a full tank of and one of the most comfortable seats I sat on in a while, there would be no to stop. I was riding Kawasaki’s new Streak’ and had been running since Daytona.

The big 1500c injected V-twin was purring beneath me, and the air suspension was soaking up the while keeping me firmly in the saddle.

A week or so before Biketoberfest I got an to attend a Kawasaki press day the use of a Mean Streak for a few days Well, I might not be the sharpest in the shed, but it did not take me more a split second to figure one out. I would head to Daytona for a media meeting Steve Rice and John of Kawasaki, ride to lunch the picturesque Ocala National and then go have fun on the bike for the three days.

Arriving in around 9.30 am, I quickly the Kawasaki demo area on International Speedway Blvd and myself to Steve Rice. We over to the Kawasaki hospitality for coffee and a chat while we for the other journalists to show up. As we getting acquainted, Steve me a little background on the Mean and some of the other new Kawasaki out this year.

With the of Bill Andrews from the AMA and Joe from City Cycle we were introduced to John to learn more of the technical of Kawasaki’s newest Vulcan.

and Steve have played a big in the Mean Streak’s development, and told their story as we sat the early morning breeze. Vulcan’s have been us since 1985. During time the big Vulcan cruisers undergone a slow evolution in the motorcycle you see here today; a blend of power, comfort, and braking.

Kawasaki did a lot of research before the Mean Streak. They hit the and really took the time to ask what they wanted in a They leaned heavily on the Riders Owners Club for leads, and even went as far as certain members of the club to along and evaluate the pre-production

With more than a of lifetimes motorcycle experience them, Steve Rice and Hoover were able to all of this to the factory, and help the machine you see here today.

A lot of was spent figuring out how much the newest Vulcan should With the majority of cruiser not looking for huge amounts of Steve and John kept the to a more than adequate 65 at the wheel. They built engines with varying of power, including a turbo made in excess of 168 horsepower.

it was never intended for production, it to all involved that if the engine handle that much the production engine was going to be proof. A normally aspirated was made to produce just 100 bhp, but in tests it just too much for everyone. In answer to a about the horsepower situation Hoover told us, Can we go further?

Will we go further? Maybe.

We learned that Kawasaki had to the automotive world to help styling clues for the Mean With a desire for a neo-retro machine, cars like the PT Cruiser and the Dodge Prowler under scrutiny. Market had revealed that a lot of riders are for a factory custom, and the Mean is here to accommodate them. And an awesome job they did.

the seamless 4.5-gallon fuel fenders and side panels in stunning candy gold paint, the Kawasaki turned and provoked comments wherever I The chrome consul on top of the tank the fuel cap and instrumentation lights, and the sized electronic speedometer and sit between the custom chromed handlebars.

Briefing over, it was to go and ride the beast. Steve and Ellis (Kawasaki Funny drag racer) accompanied us on out into the Ocala National Lasting long enough to us a great taste of the bike, we up at cool Florida style for lunch.

We hit some deserted with Steve making we put the Mean Streak’s high handling to the test. Snaking the thick forest with digit speeds registering on the we cranked the bikes through sets of fast sweepers. solid, and totally predictable, the big stayed firmly on line, the suspension soaking up any irregularities the threw at us.

Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak

The riding position remains even at high speed, and it comes time to slow down Kawasaki have a first class braking Using two six-piston calipers and 293mm rotors, straight their ZX-9, you will be happy with the performance by this sport bike set up. Add to modern 17-inch cast-aluminum using a beefy 170/60-R17 out back and a 130/70-R17 radial out and the sport bike theme

The last and most visually piece of sporting hardware to the Mean Streak is the sturdy inverted cartridge fork, especially for this bike.

over, I rode a while the group before heading and west for home. This was my to put a quick 350 miles on the bike tomorrow lunch time I needed to be back in Daytona. The was kind and traffic fairly for the duration of my ride.

The following I saddled up, and hooking up with my buddy Eric Bock we set off to across Florida on some back roads. Firstly, we ran on the Interstate 75, settling in amongst the at around 80mph, which to suit the big twin. Upgraded the previous generation Vulcan, the motor is an absolute gem. It is so smooth from any where in the rev and pulls like a train.

It makes no difference if you twist the at 40mph or 80mph in top gear; you are rewarded with smooth, acceleration. Kawasaki claims a 10 increase in power but seat of the impressions would say more. is injected into the cylinders by 40mm throttle bodies, the larger intake and exhaust are opened and closed by all new camshafts.

allows the new engine to rev higher and the extra power.

Turning we meandered across the state through old historic towns and areas devoted to livestock and farming. We saw plenty of motorcycles, for Daytona, and enjoyed a relaxing few in the saddle. The Mean Streak the perfect tool for the rolling pulling easily up the small and handling the twisty parts ease. Clicking up and down the newly revised gearbox I had remembering easier shifting on I have ridden lately.

through the historic town of I noticed admiring glances some of the many bikers at the gas stations along the route.

Entering Daytona, traffic to a crawl giving the big Vulcan opportunity to show its versatility. The motor, and light handling made piloting the Mean through the stop/start traffic a With no surging or hesitating the fuel injection, I was able to along at walking pace in gear and accelerate through in the traffic with ease.

traffic backed up over the to Main Street, we parked up and around Beach Street and on to Main. We watched the circus for a few before hitting the saddle en for our accommodation in Deland. Leaving in the warm early evening air I hit my with the Mean Streak.

most of the other bikes in a frantic struggle to race other to the next red light, I cruised along in fourth the tachometer registering a little 2,000 rpm. Relaxed and I leaned back and enjoyed the front row seat at the show.

Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak
Kawasaki VN 1600 Mean Streak


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