Standard Features


Swagger on the Open Road

Cool, low, long, ultra stylish – all these adjectives fit the Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™ plus one more – plenty functional. This bagger, introduced just last year into the Vulcan cruiser line, proves that practicality and cool can co-exist on the same bike. Its aggressive and muscular styling makes any Vaquero rider stand out from the crowd. And with a powerful 1,700 cc engine, electronic cruise control and full-featured audio system, the Vaquero begs to be taken out on the open road.

Custom, blacked-out details are your first clue to the Vaquero’s mission, and there’s plenty to see. It all starts with the beautiful Candy Plasma Blue paint on the abbreviated fairing, sculpted tank and curvaceous bodywork that looks as if it could be a mile deep. The Special Edition takes it a step further with its Candy Lime Green with Ebony paint job and a custom marbleized paint graphic. Luxurious chrome accents (engine guards, exhaust, mirrors, etc.) provide a beautiful counterpoint to the glossy paintwork, but it’s perhaps the multi-textured blacked-out engine and chassis treatment that best highlights the Vaquero’s radical aesthetic look. The engine, air-cleaner cover, wheels, fork assembly and tank cover all get the black-out treatment, which gives the bike a true custom look that’s beautiful and menacing at once. It’s definitely not a motorcycle you’ll easily forget.


Model Year
Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™
Starting at MSRP


98.8 in.
50.8 in.
38.2 in.
Curb: 835.7 lbs.
65.6 in.
Seat Height
28.7 in.


4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 52° V-twin
1,700 cc (103.7 ci)
Bore x Stroke
102 x 104 mm
108 ft. lbs. @ 2,750 rpm
Compression Ratio
Digital fuel injection with (2) 42 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Tank Capacity
5.3 gal.
TCBI with digital advance
Liquid plus cooling fins


6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder


Front: (2) 300 mm discs, (2) 2-piston calipers
Rear: (1) 300 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front: 130/90 x 16
Rear: 170/70 x 16


Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Front: 45 mm hydraulic fork; 5.5 in. travel
Rear: Swingarm with 2 air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping; 3.1 in. travel
7 in.


Candy Plasma Blue, Two-tone Candy Lime Green / Ebony (see Options for color pricing)

Standard Features

Key Features
 Liquid-cooled 1,700 cc V-twin puts out loads of torque  
 6-speed transmission allows for relaxed cruising  
 Electronic throttle actuation system ensures optimized injector timing and throttle valve position, resulting in an accurate, powerful engine response  
 Electronic cruise control maintains speed for more comfort on long trips  
 Frame-mounted front fairing directs aerodynamic forces to the chassis to keep steering feel light  
 Unique “muscle car” styled instrumentation keeps the rider fully informed  
 Audio system has FM, AM and WX and is compatible with iPod, XM tuner, or CB radio  
 Aggressive and muscular cruiser styling from end to end  
 Twin tapered mufflers maximize saddlebag capacity  
 Low seat height with sporty one-piece seat contributes to long, low classic cruiser look  
 Aggressive black-out look and strong colors emphasize the simple character of the body shapes  
Powerful 1,700 cc V-twin Engine
 Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700 cc 52-degree V-twin engine  
 Long-stroke 102 x 104 mm bore and stroke dimensions deliver high torque levels with a 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 spark plugs 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
 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  
Electronic Cruise Control System
 System maintains a desired speed even on uphill climbs  
 Cruise control can be engaged and adjusted entirely from the right handlebar  
 Cruise system can be activated in 3rd gear or above at any speed between 30 mph and 85 mph  
 Pressure on the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal automatically disengages the cruise control, as does manually rolling off the throttle  
On Board Diagnostics
 Diagnostic system allows self testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700  
 System displays codes on the instrumentation, which can be read by owner  
6-speed Transmission / Final Drive
 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  
45 mm Telescopic Fork
 Provides superb steering feedback  
 5.5 inches of travel for excellent ride quality  
 Optimized damping and spring settings for a plush but controlled ride  
Dual Air-adjustable Rear Shocks
 Air-adjustable shocks can be tuned to match varying rider and passenger loads  
 4-way rebound damping adjustability helps the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure  
9-spoke Cast Aluminum Wheels
 Light and strong wheels allow the use of tubeless tires, while flat black paint nicely complements the Vaquero’s styling treatment  
 Fat and long-wearing 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires  
 Tire choice and suspension settings augment the chassis’ light handling characteristics  
Styling and Bodywork
 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-part 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  
 Louvre-style fog lamp covers can be replaced with accessory lamps  
 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  
Wind Protection
 Large, wide fairing with abbreviated windscreen and integrated lowers provides substantial wind and weather protection for riders  
 With the fairing mounted to the frame, any wind buffeting is transferred to the bike rather than the handlebar, helping to enhance highway stability and reduce rider fatigue  
Convenient Storage
 The Vaquero features hard, lockable and sealed side-opening side cases that provide nearly 10 gallons of storage space each for overnight touring  
 Their flowing, rounded shape is an attractive alternative to the square, boxy luggage found on other bagger models  
 Up front, lockable glove boxes provide a handy place for storing smaller items  
 Dual under-seat helmet holders  
Classic Custom Dashboard / Advanced Audio
 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 1960's  
 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  
 Sculpted seat blends a stylish shape with ideal foam density for all-day comfort  
 Scooped shape allows an easy reach to the ground  
 Upright riding position and rubber-topped floorboards contribute to substantial riding comfort  
 Dual adjustable rear air-shocks use settings optimized for a compliant ride and higher-load carrying when needed  
Long Range
 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers a substantial range, helping to minimize fuel stops when out on the open road  
Optional Accessories
 Kawasaki offers a large number of optional accessories, including iPod connector, XM radio module, standard gel seat, dual gel saddle, saddlebag liners, auxiliary lights, DC power sockets, GPS mount, billet handlebar clamps, engine cover trim, saddlebag top rails, custom cover and more; see your Kawasaki dealer for more information  
Special Edition
 Deluxe two-tone Candy Lime Green with Ebony paint complemented by a custom marbleized paint graphic for a distinctive look  


 Color Pricing
 Candy Plasma Blue $16,799  
 Two-tone Candy Lime Green / Ebony $17,199  


Candy Plasma Blue

Two-tone Candy Lime Green / Ebony

 Color Pricing
 Candy Plasma Blue $16,799 
 Two-tone Candy Lime Green / Ebony $17,199 
*Price, if shown, is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and does not include government fees, taxes, dealer vehicle freight/preparation, dealer document preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable). MSRP and/or final actual sales price will vary depending on options or accessories selected.

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