2010 Kawasaki VN1700 Classic Tourer
A feast for the eyes. Cruise control,
a large windscreen, ABS braking, colour coded hard
panniers, passenger floorboards and luxury backrest
are all standard and enable relaxed two-up touring
in total comfort.
Powerful 1700cc V-Twin Engine
Long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve
1,700 cm3 V-Twin engine was designed to deliver high
levels of torque. The valve system is based on that
of the VN2000, but uses a SOHC arrangement instead
of OHV for more direct engine feel and easier merging
K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking
Technology) ABS enables riders to execute controlled,
balanced braking. Designed to complement riders’
applied brake force, K-ACT ABS ensures ideal brake
force distribution to maximise braking efficiency.
Electronic Throttle Valve system
Kawasaki’s first fully electronic
throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control
the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and
the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine.
Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results
in smooth, natural engine response. Control of both
fuel injection and airflow also enables precise cold-engine
idling speed control.
Operation of the cruise control is
conveniently from the right handlebar cluster.
Cruise control can be activated between 30 mph (47
km/h) and 85 mph (137 km/h) in 3rd gear or above.
Operating the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake
pedal causes the cruise control to be disengaged.
Closing the throttle entirely is another instinctive
way to disengage the cruise control.
The VN1700 Classic Tourer adds wind
protection care of an adjustable handlebar-mounted
windscreen. A sub-windscreen and deflectors on the
VN1700 Classic Tourer further increase wind protection
performance. The sub-windscreen covers the area between
the windscreen and headlamp when the windscreen is
in the raised position. The fork-mounted deflectors
help direct air away from the rider’s legs.
The VN1700 Classic Tourer features
hard, lockable panniers (same as those on the VN1700
Voyager). The top-opening panniers provide 38 litres
of sealed storage space for relaxed touring.
Ignition switch allows on-position
key removal, preventing key bunches from damaging
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 (new for
Kawasaki cruisers), fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual
trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption.
Also contributing to passenger comfort,
the VN1700 Classic Tourer features a luxury backrest
with integrated passenger grab bars.
6-speed transmission with overdrive
6th gear is a relaxing overdrive ratio
contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel
economy when cruising at motorway speeds.