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2011 Kawasaki Vaquero First Impressions

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Kawasaki recently invited Motorcycle USA out to Lake Conroe Texas to ride its 2011 Vulcan Vaquero. Texas was a fitting location, as the vaquero moniker originated in the region, meaning cowboy (vaca is Spanish for cow). About 50-miles north of Houston, Lake Conroe is within spittin’ distance of Sam Houston National Forest and MCUSA enjoyed sampling some of the scenic “farm-to-market” roads in the area.
2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero in Candy Fire Red colorway.
2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero in Candy Fire Red colorway.

We’ve taken turns in the saddle aboard the Kawasaki Voyager and Nomad, so the Vaquero was familiar right from the start. The “new” for this Kawasaki cruiser comes in the styling department. The Vaquero brings home the bagger look via the blocky upper fairing and integrated saddlebags. The bike in person looks fantastic in black, but we thought the Candy Fire Red colorway the more fetching of the two. Other styling highlights include the red-backlit instrument cluster, filled with a quartet of analog gauges, which made me feel like I was riding my old pickup truck from high school.

Kawasaki is pitching its new Vaquero as a solo touring mount, but it also will feature plenty of accessories for two-up travel – including a KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) backrest. We also sampled a couple of the numerous accessory wind screens. Other changes include minor refinements to the 1700 V-Twin and six-speed transmission.

We’ll fill you in on all the highs and lows and tech details in our 2011 Kawasaki Vaquero First Ride Review and Video, coming soon on Motorcycle-USA.com.
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