2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
MSRP $16,499

The Spanish word vaquero means “cowboy.” Well, if that cowboy happened to be independent, adventurous and sported handmade boots and a custom hat, he’d probably ride a 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero. It starts with the beautiful Ebony or Candy Fire Red paint on the abbreviated fairing, sculpted tank and curvaceous bodywork. Luxurious chrome accents provide a beautiful counterpoint to the glossy paintwork. The Vaquero’s 1,700cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin, boasts the very latest in engine technology yet looks like a throwback to the past, all while delivering 108 foot-pounds of torque.

ModelVulcan 1700 Vaquero
Engine TypeFour-stroke, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52° V-twin
Engine Displacement1,700cc
Bore Stroke102 mm x 104 mm
CoolingLiquid-Cooled plus cooling fins
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Fuel SystemDigital fuel injection, dual 42 mm throttle bodies
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
Starting SystemElectric
Transmission6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final DriveNA
Rake Trail30° / 7.0 in.
Seat Height28.7 in.
Wheelbase65.6 in.
Front Suspension45 mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear SuspensionSwingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front BrakeDual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers
Rear BrakeSingle 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Front Tire130/90-16
Rear Tire170/70-16
Fuel Capacity5.3 gal.
Dry Weight835.7 lbs. (Wet)
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