2014 Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

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The Kawasaki VN1700 Classic sets new standard in its class in terms of style, power and rideability.

It is equipped with a 1700 cc, liquid - cooled, 4 - stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 8 valves engine which rewards you with a maximum output of 55 KW (74 PS) at 5,000 Rpm and 135 Nm (13.7 Kgfm) of torque at 2,750 Rpm. The engine’s power is handled by a 6-speed transmission.

The also features Kawasaki’s first fully electronic throttle actuation system which enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel and the air delivered to the engine.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Kawasaki VN1700 Classic is fitted with an Electronic Cruise Control, front and rear disc brakes and a 20 liter fuel tank.

The bike is priced around 11.499 USD.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki VN1700 Classic.

Overview

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

VN1700 Classic

Cruise the boulevards on the Kawasaki VN1700 Classic. Low-down punch and power are all you’d expect from a large capacity custom.

2014 Kawasaki VN1700 Classic Key Features:

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

Electronic Throttle Valve system

Kawasaki’s first fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response. Control of both fuel injection and airflow also enables precise cold-engine idling speed control.

6-speed transmission with overdrive

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at motorway speeds.

Belt drive

Belt final drive is quiet and efficient and helps reduce maintenance chores. Using carbon fibre instead of Kevlar as a tensile material, the belt offers high strength (tensile strength is increased by 40%) with a slim size and light weight.

Instruments

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, preventing key bunches from damaging the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is in operation. Note: turning the ignition switch collar to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart. Multi-function LCD displays on the tank-mounted instrument cluster are controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear position indicator (a recent addition for Kawasaki cruisers), fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption.

Fuel Tank

The elegantly shaped fuel tank tapers at the rear, contributing to the VN1700’s curvaceous profile, its lines flowing through the rest of the bike. The fuel tank’s curves have constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamism that is both powerful and seductive.

Tail light

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

The VN1700 is the first Kawasaki Cruiser to feature an elegant LED taillight.

Rear suspension

Dual adjustable rear air-shocks ensure a comfortable riding feel. The VN1700 Classic also features chromed shock covers, contributing the luxurious finish of the rear of the bike.

Powerful 1700cc V-Twin Engine

Long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700 cm3 V-Twin engine was designed to deliver high levels of torque. The valve system is based on that of the VN2000, but uses a SOHC arrangement instead of OHV for more direct engine feel and easier merging onto motorways.

K-ACT ABS

At its heart, K-ACT ABS is an advanced anti-lock braking system, designed to keep tyres from locking up during braking. But K-ACT ABS was designed to be used on touring models weighing in excess of 300 kg – and that is before adding a tandem rider and luggage. Complementing its standard ABS function, K-ACT ABS links the front and rear brakes. It monitors the brake force the rider is exerting at both the front and rear, and takes into consideration vehicle speed to ensure highly effective braking while maintaining chassis stability. For example, let’s say the rider pulls on the front brake lever. To keep the bike from pitching forward, the ABS ECU actuates the rear brake (via fluid pumps) to ensure that front-rear balance is maintained. Should the rider push the rear brake pedal, the system actuates the front brake as well to distribute the load more evenly so that the rear wheel does not lock up. Based on the vehicle speed, K-ACT decides the optimum hydraulic pressure to send to each caliper, ensuring that even with a heavy motorcycle, stable braking performance is possible.

Electronic Cruise Control

Electronic Cruise Control allows a desired speed (engine rpm) to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Because the rider does not have to constantly control the throttle, this system allows relaxed cruising. This reduces stress on the right hand when travelling long distances, contributing to a high level of riding comfort. Electronic Cruise Control is featured on Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 / VN1700 Series cruisers and JET SKI ULTRA 300X and 300LX personal watercraft. These models are equipped with an Electronic Throttle Valve system, meaning the throttle valves are not actuated directly by twisting the throttle grip (or pulling the throttle lever); rather, a position sensor on the throttle grip sends a signal to the ECU, which in determines the ideal throttle position. This is how Electronic Cruise Control is able to automatically adjust engine power to maintain vehicle speed when ascending or descending grades are encountered. Without the detailed control offered by Electronic Throttle Valves, functions like Electronic Cruise Control would not be possible.

Specifications

Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement1,700 cm³
Bore x stroke102 x 104 mm
Compression ratio9.5:1
Valve/Induction systemSOHC, 8 valves
Fuel systemFuel injection: ø42 mm x 2
IgnitionDigital
StartingElectric
LubricationForced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Maximum power55 kW 74 PS / 5,000 rpm
Maximum torque135 Nm 13.7 kgfm / 2,750 rpm
Transmission6-speed, return
FinalDrive Belt
Primary reduction ratio1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratios: 1st3.077 (40/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd1.900 (38/20)
Gear ratios: 3rd1.407 (38/27)
Gear ratios: 4th1.143 (32/28)
Gear ratios: 5th0.967 (29/30)
Gear ratios: 6th0.806 (29/36)
Final reduction ratio2.250 (72/32)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
Frame typeDouble-cradle, steel
Rake/Trail30° / 169 mm
Wheel travel, front140 mm
Wheel travel, rear80 mm
Tyre, front130/90B16M/C (67H)
Tyre, rear170/70B16M/C (75H)
Steering angle, left / right35° / 35°
Brakes, frontDual 300 mm discs Caliper: Dual twin-piston
Brakes, rearSingle 300 mm disc Caliper: Twin-piston
Suspension, front43 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rearSwingarm with twin air-assisted adjustable shocks. Rebound damping: 4-way
Dimensions (L x W x H)2,500 mm x 1,025 mm x 1,155 mm
Wheelbase1,665 mm
Ground Clearance130 mm
Fuel capacity20 litres
Seat height720 mm
Curb Mass349 kg
ColorsEbony

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