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Kawasaki VN1600 - 2005

Kawasaki VN1600

Engine Updates

Use of the VN1600A (VN1600 Classic) base engine increases the Classic Tourer's displacement from 1,470 cm3 to 1,552 cm3. VN1500L (VN1500 Classic Tourer Fi) exhaust characteristics are maintained; fuel injection settings are changed accordingly. The greater displacement substantially increases power feeling.

Chassis Updates

Frame is essentially the same as that of the VN1600A with reinforced gusseting in the middle section. Fork offset of 15 mm (5 mm less than that of VN1600A) results in ideal handling for this model.

Engine guard mounted to the downtube protects the engine in the event the bike falls over. Pannier guards prevent damage to the panniers in the event the bike falls over.

Styling/Ergonomic Updates

In addition to the windscreen and panniers from the VN1500L, the new Classic Tourer receives a number of new features designed to increase passenger comfort. These include the addition of a backrest, passenger grab rails and a change from pillion footpegs to footboards.

Backrest tailored to fit pillion's body provides high-comfort support for long-distance rides.

Elegantly crafted aluminium die-cast grab rails replacing the seat band of the VN1500L are shaped to fit the pillion's hands. In addition to providing additional passenger security, their chrome-coated finish contributes to the improved high-quality appearance.

Reshaped rear seat complements the backrest and grab bars and contributes to the increased passenger comfort. New seat construction features leather seat covers bonded to urethane for high-quality surface finish.

Pillion footboards give passengers more choice of foot position, which translates to greater comfort.

Revised front emblem and an emblem added to the rear of the bike contribute to the enhanced quality.

Other Updates

Newly developed metallic particles used in the paint of the new Metallic Ocean Blue colour give an even more brilliant finish.


  • Engine Type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
  • Displacement - 1,552 cm3
  • Bore and Stroke - 102 x 95 mm
  • Compression ratio - 9.0:1
  • Valve system - SOHC, 8 valves
  • Fuel system - Fuel injection: 36 mm x 2
  • Ignition - Digital
  • Starting - Electric
  • Lubrication - Forced lubrication, wet sump
  • Transmission - 5-speed, return
  • Final drive - Shaft
  • Primary reduction ratio - 1.517 (85/56)
  • Gear ratios: 1st - 2.500 (40/16), 2nd, 1.590 (35/22), 3rd, 1.192 (31/26), 4th, 0.965 (28/29), 5th, 0.781 (25/32)
  • Final reduction ratio - 2.619 (15/21 x 33/9)
  • Clutch - Wet multi-disc, manual
  • Frame Type - Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
  • Wheel travel: front, 150 mm, rear, 99 mm
  • Tyre: front, 150/80-16M/C (71H), rear, 170/70B16M/C (75H)
  • Caster (rake) - 32
  • Trail - 184 mm
  • Steering angle (left / right) - 35/35
  • Suspension - Front: 43 mm telescopic fork, Rear: Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks Rebound damping 4-way
  • Brakes - Front: Dual 300 mm discs Caliper Dual twin-piston, Rear: Single 300 mm disc Caliper Twin-piston
  • Wheelbase - 1,685 mm
  • Ground clearance - 135 mm
  • Seat height - 705 mm
  • Fuel capacity - 20 litres