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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

Submitted by on April 7, 2012 – 3:05 amNo Comment

For 2011 Kawasaki continues the bagger segment growth trend with its Vulcan 1700-based Vaquero.

A blacked-out color scheme distinguishes the Vaquero from its Vulcan brethren while creating a turnkey custom look. The engine, air-cleaner cover, wheels, fork assembly and tank cover all get the blackout treatment; chrome accents (engine guards, exhaust, mirrors, etc.) provide just enough gleam to tactfully offset the Vaquero’s dark matter.

Building on the blackout theme is the Ebony paint scheme; but if an all-black bike is a bit much for you the Vaquero is also available in Candy Fire Red.

As part of the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero’s name implies, the same 52-degree, SOHC, 1700cc V-Twin that motivates the entire 2011 Vulcan line (including the Voyager, Classic and Nomad) powers the Vaquero.

Introduced in 2009 as an all-new upgrade over the Vulcan 1600, the big 1700cc (103.7 c.i.) lump utilizes a single-pin crank for that genuine “Big Twin feel,” and overdriven fifth and sixth gears keep engine rpm low while a claimed 108 ft-lbs help you bomb along at freeway pace.

Dual 300mm front discs with twin-piston calipers and a 300mm rear disc with a two-piston caliper help reel in that healthy torque.

The Vaquero’s 28.7-inch seat height is the same as on the Vulcan 1700 Voyager and Nomad, while a 5.3-gallon fuel capacity is shared across the Vulcan lineup. A claimed ready-to-ride curb weight of 836 pounds for the Vaquero is within a hair’s width of the Nomad’s weight.

The Vaquero is ready for overnighters with its lockable, side-loading, 10-gallon capacity (per bag) hard bags. A “chopped” frame-mounted fairing – repurposed from the Vulcan Voyager tourer – lends to the Vaquero’s bagger look that’s highly evocative of Harley’s Road Glide.

Also Harley-like is an ignition key that’s removable once the Vaquero is started. The impetus behind this is to prevent the key(s) from nicking up the finish around the ignition area.

Tucked inside the appearance-defining fairing is a centrally placed LCD readout flanked by analog speedo and tachometer dials; analog fuel and temp gauges round out the instrument package. The dials feature large numbers and chrome bezels to create a muscle-car atmosphere in the cockpit.

otomaps.com source article: www.netcarshow.com www.motorcycle.com www.roushperformance.com

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