Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan

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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

The series of cruisers Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan appeared in 2009, replacing Kawasaki VN 1600 Vulcan and Kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan (until 2009 was produced for the American market of the year). The VN1700 model was targeted at foreign markets (North America, Europe and Australia) and is practically not found on the Japanese market.

Unlike the VN1600, the updated VN1700 series receives a number of changes:

  • Engine. Increased its volume to 1700 cm³, received a new injection system with enlarged throttle valves (42 mm versus 36 mm) and an electronic throttle drive. Improved performance: 67 hp → 73 hp; 127 Nm → 136 Nm.
  • Drive unit. A toothed belt replaced the cardan drive.
  • Brake system. There were versions with ABS, touring modifications also received a combined system K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology).
  • Suspension. The model received a thicker front fork (41 mm → 43 mm (45 mm in touring versions) and adjustable air rear shocks.
  • Checkpoint. The traditional 5-speed transmission is being replaced by a 6-speed one.
  • Modifications. There are new versions such as the Classic LT (classic + leather cases, glass, different seat and passenger backrest) and full touring versions of Voyager and Vaquero (Voyager Custom).

The main modifications of the Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan:

  • Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan Classic - regular classic version.
  • Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan Classic LT (Light Tourer) - regular version + windshield + leather side bags + backrest of the passenger seat.
  • Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan Nomad (Classic Tourer) - version with built-in side plastic trunks, high glass, backrest and cruise control.
  • Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan Voyager - Touring version with a large front fairing (with high glass), integrated rear and side saddlebags and a leather passenger back (similar to the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic).
  • Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan Vaquero - the version is similar to the Voyager, but has a short windshield and comes without a passenger backrest and rear trunk (similar to the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard).

Currently (end of 2017) there are only Voyager and Vaquero touring modifications available on the market in North America and Australia.

The main competitors of the Kawasaki VN1700 Vulcan in the class:


Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad (Classic Tourer)
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom)


Specifications Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan:

ModelKawasaki Vulcan 1700
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year2009+
Framesteel tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped 50 °
Working volume1700 cm³
Bore / Stroke102.0 x 104.0 mm
Compression ratio9.5: 1
Number of valves per cylinderSOHC, 4 valves per cylinder (with hydraulic clearance compensators)
Fuel supply systemDFI (Digital Fuel Injection), 2x MIKUNI EACW42
Ignition typedigital transistor TCBI
Maximum power73.4 hp (54.0 kW) at 5000 rpm
Maximum torque136.0 Nm (13.9 kg * m) at 2750 rpm
Drive typebelt
Front tire size130/90 B16 M / C 67H
Rear tire size170/70 B16 M / C 75H
Front brakes2 discs, 300mm, 2-piston calipers (opt ABS, K-ACT)
Rear brakes1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper (opt. ABS, K-ACT)
Front suspension43mm Telescopic Fork, 140mm Travel - Vulcan 1700 Classic, Classic LT, Classic Tourer (Nomad)

45mm Telescopic Fork, 140mm Travel - Vulcan 1700 Voyager, Vaquero

Rear suspensionPendulum with two shock absorbers (rebound damping), 80 mm
Motorcycle length2500mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic, Classic LT, Classic Tourer (Nomad)

2560 mm - Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2510 mm - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom)

Motorcycle width1025mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic, Classic LT, Classic Tourer (Nomad)

995mm - Vulcan 1700 Voyager

970 mm - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom)

Motorcycle height1155 mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic

1465 mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic LT, Classic Tourer (Nomad)

1550 mm - Vulcan 1700 Voyager

1290mm - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom)

Wheelbase1665 mm
Saddle height719 mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic, Classic LT

730 mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic Tourer (Nomad), Voyager, Vaquero (Voyager Custom)

Minimum ground clearance130 mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic, Classic LT

140mm - Vulcan 1700 Classic Tourer (Nomad)

135mm - Vulcan 1700 Voyager

145mm - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom)

Acceleration to 100 km / h5.40 sec - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Maximum speed183 km / h - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Fuel tank capacity20.0 l
Motorcycle weight (curb)345 kg - Vulcan 1700 Classic

378 kg - Vulcan 1700 Classic Tourer (Nomad)

382 kg - Vulcan 1700 Classic Tourer (Nomad) ABS

362 kg - Vulcan 1700 Classic LT

402 kg - Vulcan 1700 Voyager

406 kg - Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

379 kg - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom)

383 kg - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (Voyager Custom) ABS