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Specifications, pictures and owners reviews for Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan:
Mootorcycle type:Cruiser
Dimensions L/W/H(cm):250 / 102.5 / 115.5
Engine size (cc):1700 cc displacement
Fuel supply:electronic fuel injection, 2x42mm throttle bodies
Compression ratio:9.5:1
Bore and Stroke:102x104 mm
Ground clearance:130mm (5.1 inches)
Engine oil capacity:4.3litres (4.5 quarts)
Fuel tank capacity :20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
Top speed:185 km/h (115 mph)
Peak horse power:74 hp
Max torque:135 nm (99.6 ft lbs)
Dry weight:324 kg (714 lbs)
Wet weight:349 kg (769 lbs)
Front suspension:43mm telescopic fork and 140mm wheel travel
Rear suspension:swing arm with air-assisted 4-way adjustable shock for rebound and dumping. The rear wheel travel is 80mm.
Front tyre size:130/90-B16M/C
Rear tyre size:170/70-B16MC
Transmission type:6-speed wet multi-disc, manual
Ignition / starting:TCDI with digitaln advance, electric starting
Front brakes:dual 300mm disc, double-piston caliper, standard ABS
Rear brakes:single 300mm disc, double-piston caliper and ABS
Final drive:Belt drive
Cooling system:Liquid cooling
Fuel consumption:6.30 l/100km (37.3 mpg)
Picture of Kawasaki - VN 1700 VulcanVN 1700 Vulcan

Additional notes regarding the technical specifiaction of Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan:
- Fuel consumption (economy) is usually presented in L/100km (shows how many liters of fuel it consumes per 100 kilometers) or in MPG (shows how many miles it can go with one gallon of fuel). In the average case Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan will burn 6.30 liters on every 100km of your trip. That is based on the technical specifications of the motorcycle and may vary depending on several factors as style of riding, temperature, road condition etc. As per the MPG number it will run for 37.3 miles while burning one gallon of fuel. As we already know its fuel efficiency and fuel tank capacity we can easily calculate that if the tank is full we can ride it 197 miles till we run out of gas. However we better not try it because the gas stations are never where we desperately need them to be.
- Engine displacement of 1700 cc - this refers to the volume described by the movement of a single piston in the cylinder multiplied by the number of the cylinders the engine has. Engines with bigger displacement volume tend to produce more power and usually have bigger fuel consumption. The engine displacement is measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or liters (l) and for Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan it is 1700 cc as per the specifications above.
- 130 mm ground clearance - means that the shortest distance between the ground (considering it is flat) and the chassis of VN 1700 Vulcan is 130 mm. Motorcycles with lower ground clearance would have better handling as their center of gravity will be lower than average.Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan bore and stroke explaination
- Bore and stroke 102x104 - the bore is a measurement of the inside diameter of the cylinder. The stroke represents the distance traveled by the piston from the top of the cylinder to the bottom (or vice versa) in a single stroke. The technical specification of Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan shows that its bore and stroke measures are 102 mm and 104 mm. If the bore is shorter than the stroke as it is with this Kawasaki engine then we say that VN 1700 Vulcan has a long-stroke engine.
- Compression ratio 9.5:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 9.5:1. To avoid engine knocking when compression ratio is high those motorcycles might be recommended to use premium fuel only. It plays a big role in engine efficiency because bigger compression ratio means better thermal efficiency and more mileage with the same amount of gas.
- Belt final drive: All three variations of the final drive (shaft, belt and chain) are perfectly doing their job and one of them is always preferable depending on the type of motorcycle and it can not really be said which one of them is the best as each one has its advantages on certain occasions. All of them are workable technologies and have proved that over the years. The final drive of Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan is belt.
motorcycle final drive with beltBelts are lighter than both chains and shafts, do not rust and require no lubrication. They resist dust and rain better than chains. The typical driving belts are made of aramid fibers covered with synthetic rubber. On the other hand, compared to the shaft drives they are much cheaper and lighter option, not to mention their economical efficiency in driving power from the engine to the rear wheel.
- Liquid cooling: the constant cooling of the motorcycle engine is mandatory for its efficiency and durability. While air cooled bikes are better cooled while in motion, the liquid cooled motorcycles have pumps, radiators and fans to deal with the heat even at idle speed.Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan  - installation of turn signals
- If you decided to fix the turn signals of your Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan yourself there is nothing to worry about as that is indeed an easy DIY task. When disconnecting the wires of your motorcycle turn signals it is advisable to stick distinct tapes on them if they are not color coded. It could be as simple as disconnecting both the male and female ends if box connection is used. There should not be any confusion connecting the new Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan turn signals after they are placed since the wires have been properly marked.Bike cover for Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan
Motorcycle covers come in different sizes and their sizing chart will help you choose the correct one using the given dimensions of the Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan. Any aftermarket accessories that affect the dimensions of the bike should be considered. Accessories like saddles bags, backrest or windshield will call the need for a larger motorcycle cover.

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