Since 1984, Kawasaki has produced many cruisers and custom bikes known as Vulcan. There have been several different series released under this name, including the 1700 Classic. This model has been built for more than ten years, and it is still in production.
History of Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
The very first bike from the Vulcan series was the 750 model released in 1985. It featured V2 DOHC engine capable of producing 60 hp. Over the time, a range of Kawasaki cruisers was produced, featuring different engines ranging from 500cc to 2053cc. In 1986, all foreign brands producing motorcycles of more than 700 cc had to pay an additional tariff to sell their products in the US market. That is why Kawasaki was forced to limit their engines to 699cc. The VN500 introduced in 1990 was the most compact Vulcan model. It featured 498cc inline-twin engine. The 800 and 1500 versions were released in the 1990s.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic has been produced since 2009. Several motorcycles were released that year, including Nomad and Classic LT. This model came with a 6-speed MT, and shaft drive was replaced with a belt. It also featured new chassis. There were different models used for developing new bikes of the 1700 series, including the Kawasaki 1600 and the 2000 versions. When the manufacturer switched to the 1600 models from the 1500 versions, it added just few changes, but the Kawasaki 1700 series featured more improvements, including a new V2 engine.
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic, 2009 Description
This Vulcan Classic bike is equipped with 1,700 cc V2 engine with a fuel injection system. This bike weighing 126 lbs. is lighter than the Voyager. The manufacturer ensures that this Classic motorcycle is capable of offering 15 percent more torque if compared with the previous version. There are fenders made of steel, 9-spoke cast wheels, a large headlight, as well as many chrome details, including engine, exhaust, and fork and shock covers. To make the design of the engine of the 1700 model more interesting, some of its parts come with a matte finish.
The height of the seat is 28.3 in., and some bikers find it more comfortable than the one used in the model sold as Voyagers. The speedometer of this Kawasaki Classic model is easy to see while riding. The chassis of the 1700 is smaller than in the 1600 modes, and the wheelbase is of 65.6 in.
The steering head and saddle are located closer to each other if compared to the 2000 Vulcan model, which makes this bike easier to control. Although this Classic bike is heavier than its predecessor, it is more maneuverability. This cruiser comes with dual-piston calipers that along with the 300mm rotors allow reducing the speed smoothly.
All in all, Vulcan 1700 Classic is a quality vehicle with great features and finish. It is only available in black color, but taking to attention the reasonable price for this machine, it is not a big problem.