2013 Kawasaki VULCAN® 1700 CLASSIC

2013 Kawasaki VULCAN® 1700 CLASSIC
MSRP: $11,499.00
Manufacturer: Kawasaki
Condition: New


The stunningly beautiful Vulcan® 1700 Classic cruiser evokes that certain feeling in riders: one that beckons you aboard with its gorgeous curves and drop-dead custom styling and says “let’s ride.” It’s beautiful from so many angles – from its raked front end to the fat rear fender complemented by a fat rear tire – exemplifying classic boulevard styling. And the deep paintwork, thick chrome and detail touches will rock your world the first time you lay eyeballs upon it.

Key Features

  • Liquid-cooled 1,700cc V-twin engine produces massive torque
  • Fuel injection system optimized for power in the low
  • to mid-rpm range
  • Compact frame for easy maneuverability and handling
  • Electronic throttle valve system helps produce smooth power
  • Adjustable rear suspension
  • 9-spoke cast wheels add to the classic V-twin look and feel
  • Instrumentation includes digital LCD screen that displays a wealth of information



Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin
1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke
102 x 104mm
Compression ratio
Maximum Torque
108 lb-ft @ 2250
Cooling System
Liquid, plus cooling fins
Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
TCBI with Digital Advance
Six-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Frame Type
Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
30° / 6.7 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel
43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel
Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
Brakes, front / rear
Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers / Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length
98.4 in.
Overall width
40.4 in.
Overall height
45.5 in.
Ground clearance
5.1 in.
Seat height
28.3 in.
65.6 in.
Curb weight
761 lbs.**
Fuel capacity
5.3 gal.
Color Choices
12 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan
12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90-percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).


Key Features

  • Liquid-cooled 1,700cc V-twin engine produces massive torque
  • Fuel injection system optimized for power in the low
  • to mid-rpm range
  • Compact frame for easy maneuverability and handling
  • Electronic throttle valve system helps produce smooth power
  • Adjustable rear suspension
  • 9-spoke cast wheels add to the classic V-twin look and feel
  • Instrumentation includes digital LCD screen that displays a wealth of information

Powerful 1,700cc V-twin engine

  • Liquid cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin engine
  • Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke dimensions help deliver massive torque and distinctive V-twin feel
  • Valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quick revability and enhanced mid
  • to high-rpm power
  • Semi-dry sump allows low crankshaft placement and long stroke without increasing engine height
  • Single-pin crank 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 sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation
  • Dual staggered mufflers offer a rich sound and stylish appearance
  • Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 50 to 70 mph range
  • Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly, facilitating overtaking at highway speed

Fuel Injection

  • The Vulcan 1700 takes advantage of FI and exhaust tuning optimized for maximum performance in the low
  • to mid-rpm range, giving it plenty of grunt on the boulevard
  • Utilizes one sensor in place of the usual three for simplicity and light weight
  • Based on the systems used by the Ninja® 650R and Vulcan 900 motorcycles

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 fuel injector timing and throttle valve position results in accurate, powerful engine response
  • Control of both fuel injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control
  • The ETV works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip is connected to cables, so the feel at the grip for the rider is the same
  • Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body that 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

On Board Diagnostics

  • Diagnostic system allows self testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700
  • Displays codes on the instrumentation that can be read by owner from the accessory manual

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive

  • 5th and 6th gear are overdrive ratios, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds
  • 28mm carbon fiber final drive belt offers a 40 percent increase in tensile strength compared to current Kevlar belts. This allows the Vulcan 1700 to use a belt only 2mm wider than the Kevlar belt on the Vulcan 900
  • Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Light Handling Chassis

  • Compact frame features a shorter wheelbase and short distance between the seat and steering head for an ideal ergonomic layout and easy maneuverability
  • Light and as slim as possible, the frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require additional strength – the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket, and rear fender/shock absorber bracket
  • The compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates maneuverability at low speeds, especially when executing precise slow-speed maneuvers like parking or making U-turns

43mm Telescopic Fork

  • Provides superb steering feedback
  • 5.5 inches of travel for excellent ride quality

Dual Adjustable Rear Air Shocks

  • Air-adjustable spring preload can be tuned to match varying rider and passenger loads
  • 4-way rebound damping adjustments help the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure
  • Chromed shock covers contribute to the bike’s luxurious finish

9-Spoke Cast Wheels

  • Allow the use of tubeless tires and complement the Vulcan 1700’s muscular styling
  • 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires
  • Tire choice and suspension settings selected to augment the chassis’ light handling characteristics


  • Dual 300mm front and a single 300mm rear disc are squeezed by twin-piston calipers. This braking system is tuned to provide sure, powerful stops

Classic V-twin Appeal

  • The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape that continues to flow through the bike
  • Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces. Their three-dimensional form adds volume and gives a high quality appearance
  • The edges of the cooling fins receive a special NC treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight
  • All the non-chromed engine parts have a matte black finish that further accentuates the gleaming chrome


  • The fuel tank’s hand-sculpted contours employ a constantly varying radius, giving the bike a dynamic flowing style that’s pleasing both to the eye and the touch
  • The elegantly shaped fuel tank contributes to the Vulcan 1700’s curvaceous figure
  • LED taillight looks elegant and provides years of trouble-free service


  • Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, preventing keys from scratching the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is in operation
  • Turning the ignition switch collar to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart
  • Multi-function LCD displays on the tank-mounted instrument cluster are controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear-position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining mileage range and average fuel consumption
  • Liberal use of chrome on the engine, fender brackets, light stays, and rear shock covers contrast nicely with the bodywork’s deep, lustrous paint
  • The sculpted shape of the seat complements the rich visual tone of the bodywork

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