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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

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The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE is a massive cruiser designed for those who love long journeys and strong machines.

It is powered by a four stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52° v twin unit with a displacement of 1,700 cc. The engine is paired with a six speed transmission with overdrive and delivers a maximum torque of 108 Lb-Ft at 2,750 rpm.

Like any respectable cruiser, the 2014 Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE does its best to offer a comfortable riding experience. Therefore, once on board, you are met by a modern instrument layout with large round dials, a classy looking radio/stereo unit, a multi function LCD display and analog displays that include speedometer, tachometer and coolant temperature gauge.

The 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE is offered with a starting price of $ 18,699.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE.

Overview

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

Head-turning Looks, Miles of Attitude

Who says you can’t have a well-deserved attitude and still be practical? Owners of a Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® bagger have the best of both worlds. The traffic stopping good looks will make you smile every time you throw a leg over this blacked beauty. A frame-mounted, abbreviated fairing sets the stage while the swoopy tank leads the eye to the shapely luggage of this V-twin bagger. The multi-textured blacked-out engine and chassis treatment includes components (like the air-cleaner cover, wheels, fork assembly and tank cover) that would normally be chromed, leaving only a special few parts (engine guards, exhaust, mirrors, etc.) to receive plating and act as bright accents to either the Metallic Flat Spark Black or Two-Tone Candy Burnt Orange (SE model) paint.

Vaquero has the substance to back up the flashy styling. The beefy 1700cc V-twin is tuned to deliver instant power with the twist of the wrist on both the boulevard and the highway—all with Kawasaki’s famed long-term dependability. The impressive list of standard features rounding out the roomy cockpit, like electronic cruise control and a high output audio system, show the Vaquero’s practical approach to racking up big miles. However, when this menacing stranger rolls into town on Friday evening, no one will forget the first time they saw the Vaquero.

Beneath all that beautiful bodywork, matte paint and chrome is a superbly engineered motorcycle, one that blends power, handling, a confidence-inspiring character and impressive dependability into a massively functional package.

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE Key Features:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

• Blacked-out looks accentuate the lines and body shapes through the use of varied surface texture and subtle, contrasting highlights

• Sporty, one-piece saddle with low seat height emphasizes the classic, long, low “bagger” look

• “Muscle car” inspired instrumentation delivers essential information with style

• Powerful 1,700cc V-twin delivers impressive levels of torque and immediate passing power

• Six-speed transmission for effortless acceleration and relaxed cruising at highway speeds

• Electronic throttle actuation system combines optimized injector timing for throttle valve position, delivering accurate, powerful engine performance

• Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II ABS system builds rider confidence by helping execute controlled, balanced braking

• Electronic cruise control maintains speed and reduces rider fatigue on long trips

• Stylish, frame-mounted fairing keeps steering feel light by directing aerodynamic forces into the chassis

• Feature-rich, AM/FM/WB audio system with iPod and XM radio compatibility is standard equipment

• Twin tapered mufflers maximize saddlebag capacity and improve the engine’s power delivery

• Includes a 36 month limited factory warranty. Optional supplementary plans offer a maximum of 36 additional months of Kawasaki’s Protection Plus™ coverage—bumping the total possible warranty to an amazing SIX YEARS!

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE Features and Benefits:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

Powerful 1700cc V-twin engine:

• Fuel-injected 52-degree 1,700cc V-twin is liquid-cooled and features four valves per cylinder

• Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke dimensions deliver high torque levels with a powerful and distinct V-twin feel

• Valve-actuation system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quicker revving and enhanced mid-high rpm power

• Semi-dry sump design allows lower crankshaft positioning and a longer piston stroke without increasing engine height

• Single-pin crankshaft accentuates the engine’s V-twin character by providing strong power pulses

• Large-capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine

• Small-diameter iridium sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation

• Engine tuning, combined with long-stroke design, offers superior acceleration in the 50-70 mph range

• Even in overdrive (5th and 6th gear) the engine pulls strongly, making highway passing easier

Electronic throttle valve system:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

• Fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of intake air (via throttle valve angle) and fuel (via fuel injector timing) delivered to the engine

• Optimized injector timing and throttle valve position results in accurate, powerful engine response

• Control of both injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control

• From the rider’s perspective, the ETV system works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip remains connected to cables, so the feel at the grip is the same

• Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body, which triggers the Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) to send a signal to the ECU, which then modulates the throttle valves via a DC motor

• Accurate throttle position is relayed to the ECU by a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)

• APS and TPS send two sets of signals to the ECU for system redundancy in the unlikely event of a sensor failure

6-speed transmission/final drive:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

• Durable and easy-shifting six-speed transmission with positive neutral finder

• 5th and 6th are overdrive gears for excellent fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds

• Carbon fiber-reinforced final drive belt offers a 40 percent increase in tensile strength compared to current Kevlar belts

• Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Styling and bodywork:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

• Basic engine architecture supports the Vaquero’s factory-custom look, while its blacked-out color with machined and bare-aluminum accents sets off the bike’s color scheme

• Gloss and matte finishes on the engine highlight aesthetics even further

• Hand-formed body shapes create a highly customized appearance

• Many of the parts are exclusive to the Vaquero, which add to its factory-custom look and feel. These include the engine shrouds, rear fender, one-piece side covers, saddlebags, fairing and seat

• Cut-down fairing looks like a true custom piece, right down to the abbreviated smoked windscreen and headlight cover

• Sculpted strut covers seamlessly fill the space between the rear fender and saddlebags

• Mufflers are tapered at their ends for a thoroughly retro look

• Sculpted, custom-look seat looks good and cradles the rider for maximum comfort

• LED taillight is attractive and highly conspicuous when lit for added safety

Classic custom and dashboard/advanced audio:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

• Instrument layout and large round dials give the Vaquero’s console a custom look with a retro flavor

• The radio/stereo unit features a classically custom look from the 1960s

• Multi-function LCD display in the center of the instrument console is controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption

• Analog displays include speedometer, tachometer and coolant temperature gauge

• Audio system with twin speakers features radio (FM/AM/WX) and compatibility with optional iPod®, XM tuner or CB radio units

• The audio system (and your iPod, which plugs easily into the left fairing pocket) can be operated by switches on the left handlebar

• Ignition switch allows key removal in the on position, which prevents keys from damaging the black finish tank cover during operation

• Turning the ignition switch collar to the ACC position allows accessories to be used while the engine is off; turning it to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart

Kawasaki advanced coactive-braking technology (K-ACT II) ABS:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE

• Vaquero ABS features Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II system, which helps riders to execute controlled, balanced braking. Designed to complement the riders’ brake inputs, the system distributes the ideal amount of brake pressure to maximize braking efficiency

• Low battery mode maintains ABS function while reducing signal frequency to conserve power when needed

• For increased controllability in tight corners and when executing U-turns, K-ACT II’s coactive function does not engage when braking is initiated at speeds below 12 mph

• ABS function is disengaged at speeds below 4 mph

• Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a two-piston rear disc brake for sure, powerful stops

Specifications:

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero SE
Engine TypeFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52° V-twin
Displacement1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke102 x 104mm
Compression ratio9.5:1
Maximum Torque108 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Cooling SystemLiquid, plus cooling fins
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
InductionDigital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Transmission6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final DriveBelt
Frame TypeSteel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake/Trail30° / 7.0 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel45mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travelSwingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size130/90x16
Rear Tire Size170/70x16
Brakes, front / rearDual 300mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers / Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length98.8 in.
Overall width38.2 in.
Overall height50.8 in.
Ground Clearance5.7 in.
Seat height28.7 in.
Curb weight835.7 lbs.**
Wheelbase65.6 in.
Fuel capacity5.3 gal.
Color ChoicesCandy Burnt Orange
Warranty36 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan12, 24 or 36 months
Price$18,699

** Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90-percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).


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