When the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 hit dealers’ showrooms in 1984, it ushered in a new era for the venerable motorcycle marque. The Vulcan 750 was Kawasaki’s first V-Twin-powered, American-style cruiser motorcycle. Since then, the Kawasaki Vulcan cruisers have become a staple seller for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer.
The 2009 Vulcan 1700 Classic has the big-boned styling chops of a classic cruiser and a healthy V-Twin engine doling out the power.
The Kawasaki Vulcan line covers a broad range of cruiser motorcycles, ranging in displacement from 125cc to 2000cc, with model names like the Classic, Eliminator, Mean Streak, Nomad, and Voyager. The Eliminator 125 is at the bottom of the scale with its air-cooled, 124cc single-cylinder engine and straight flow exhaust while the Vulcan 2000 stands at the top of the heap with its four-stroke 52-degree V-Twin pumping out an impressive 2053cc of power. The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 had the largest V-Twin engine in a production motorcycle when it was introduced in 2004. The massive liquid-cooled V-Twin had a bore/stroke of 103 X 123.2mm, forged pistons, alloy-steel connecting rods, dual cams and right-side pushrods all nestled within a double-cradle steel frame.
For 2009, the Kawasaki Vulcan line includes 14 cruiser motorcycles, including the introduction of a bona fide long-distance touring motorcycle in the Vulcan 1700 Voyager. The first fully dressed Kawi tourer includes hard saddlebags and a top case, a high-rising front windscreen, a large frame-mounted front fairing and a plush setup so passengers ride in style and comfort.