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Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS



Kawasaki’s first bagger model follows a wide-and-low concept, its design flowing from the front to the rear of the bike. Along with its hard, sporty image, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero is loaded with high-grade cruising essentials like Kawasaki’s advanced brake system K-ACT ABS, Electronic Cruise Control, and a high-spec iPod-compatible audio system.


Type 4-stroke, V-Twin
Fuel system Digital fuel injection with dual 42 mm throttle bodies
Valve system SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)
Bore and stroke 102.0 x 104.0 mm
Cooling Liquid, plus cooling fins
Displacement 1,700cc
Ignition TCBI with digital advance


Front: calipers Dual 4-piston caliper
Front: type Dual 300 mm discs
Rear: calipers Twin-piston caliper
Rear: type Single 300 mm disc


Overall width 970 mm (38.2 in.)
Curb mass** 383 kg (838.8 lbs.)
Overall length 2,510 mm (98.8 in.)
Seat height 730 mm (28.7 in.)
Ground clearance 145 mm (5.7 in.)
Wheelbase 1,665 mm (65.6 in.)
Overall height 1,290 mm (50.8 in.)
Fuel capacity 20 litres (4.4 gal.)


Gear ratio: 2nd 1.900 (38/20)
Final reduction ratio 2.250 (72/32)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.933 (44/15)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.806 (29/36)
Primary reduction ratio 1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.967 (29/30)
Final drive Carbon fiber belt
Gear ratio: 4th 1.143 (32/28)
Transmission 6-speed with overdrive
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.407 (38/27)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Tire: front 130/90-B16
Wheel travel: rear 80 mm (3.1 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º
Wheel travel: front 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Trail 177 mm (7.0 in.)
Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Caster (rake) 30º
Tire: rear 170/70-B16


Maximum Torque 146 N.m {14.9 kgf.m} / 2,750 rpm
Maximum Power 61 kW {82 PS} / 5,000 rpm


Suspension, rear Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping
Suspension, front 45 mm hydraulic telescopic fork


Warranty 36 months warranty

Factory Limited Warranty Owner's Warranty Guide

This model comes with 36 months factory limited warranty. 


Kawasaki keeps the good times rolling with unlimited kilometers/hours of usage. We have you covered with our nationwide, Kawasaki dealer network. Visit any authorized Kawasaki dealer (for this product line) throughout Canada and continental USA for factory warranty coverage.


Click “Owner’s Warranty Guide” for full details regarding Kawasaki’s factory limited warranty coverage.

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Special offers

Mega Cash

Get the best for less with our manufacturer-to-dealer incentives called MEGA cash credits.

Instant MEGA Cash Credits available on select new, unused 2012, 2013 or 2014 models sold by Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc., purchased between October 16, 2014 and April 30, 2015. Instant MEGA cash credits are manufacturer-to-dealer incentives, deducted from MSRP, and vary from $200 (EX650FEF - Ninja 650 ABS) to $2,300 (ZG1400CDF – Concours 14 ABS), depending on the model. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers unless otherwise noted.

4.9% Special Retail Financing

Take advantage of our Special Retail Financing offer for as little as 4.9% APR OAC for 60 months. Visit your local Kawasaki dealer today for complete details and get moving - for less - right now.
*Limited time purchase financing offer for 60 months on select new, unused 2013, 2014 and 2015 Kawasaki models sold by participating authorized Canadian Kawasaki Motors Dealers, available on approved credit. See dealer for complete details. Offer ends April 30, 2015. Offer cannot be combined with any other special offers unless otherwise noted.

Genuine Kawasaki Accessories Promotion

Now is the time to outfit your new Kawasaki with the best accessories we offer. Purchase a select new motorcycle, and receive $650 worth of free Genuine Kawasaki Accessories.

The “Genuine Kawasaki Accessory Promotion” is available on select 2013 and 2014 models sold by Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc. Receive $650.00 retail value of Kawasaki Accessories with the purchase of VN1700KDF - Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS. Offer valid on vehicles purchased between October 16, 2014 and April 30, 2015. The Genuine Kawasaki Accessory Promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions unless otherwise indicated. See your dealer for complete details.


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.

K-ACT ABS: Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology 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.

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* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as "Your price" may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer's suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

† Mega Cash noted with the MSRP, is a Special Offer that cannot be combined with any other special offer. Customers can choose a different current Special Offer, but they will be charged the full MSRP listed price and not the Mega Cash price.

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.