VN1700 Classic

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Cruise the boulevards on the Kawasaki VN1700 Classic. Low-down punch and power are all you’d expect from a large capacity custom.


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 onto motorways.


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.

Rear suspension

Dual adjustable rear air-shocks ensure a comfortable riding feel. The VN1700 Classic also features chromed shock covers, contributing the luxurious finish of the rear of the bike.

Tail light

The VN1700 is the first Kawasaki Cruiser to feature an elegant LED taillight.

Fuel Tank

The elegantly shaped fuel tank tapers at the rear, contributing to the VN1700’s curvaceous profile, its lines flowing through the rest of the bike. The fuel tank’s curves have constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamism that is both powerful and seductive.


Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, preventing key bunches from damaging the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is in operation. Note: 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 (a recent addition for Kawasaki cruisers), fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption.

Belt drive

Belt final drive is quiet and efficient and helps reduce maintenance chores. Using carbon fibre instead of Kevlar as a tensile material, the belt offers high strength (tensile strength is increased by 40%) with a slim size and light weight.

6-speed transmission with overdrive

6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at motorway speeds.

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.



Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin

Displacement: 1,700 cm3

Bore x stroke: 102 x 104 mm

Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Valve/Induction system: SOHC, 8 valves

Fuel system: Fuel injection: ø42 mm x 2

Ignition: Digital

Starting: Electric

Lubrication: Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump


Transmission: 6-speed, return

Final Drive: Belt

Primary reduction ratio: 1.515 (50/33)

Gear ratios: 1st 3.077 (40/13)

Gear ratios: 2nd 1.900 (38/20)

Gear ratios: 3rd 1.407 (38/27)

Gear ratios: 4th 1.143 (32/28)

Gear ratios: 5th 0.967 (29/30)

Gear ratios: 6th 0.806 (29/36)

Final reduction ratio: 2.250 (72/32)

Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual


Frame type: Double-cradle, steel

Rake/Trail: 30˚ / 169 mm

Wheel travel, front: 140 mm

Wheel travel, rear: 80 mm

Tyre, front: 130/90B16M/C 67H

Tyre, rear: 170/70B16M/C 75H

Steering angle, left / right: 35˚ / 35˚


Suspension, front: 43 mm telescopic fork

Suspension, rear: Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks 4-way


Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs. Dual twin-piston

Brakes, rear: Single 300 mm disc. Twin-piston


Dimensions (L x W x H): 2,500 mm x 1,025 mm x 1,155 mm

Wheelbase: 1,665 mm

Ground Clearance: 130 mm

Seat height: 720 mm

Fuel capacity: 20 litres

Curb Mass: 349 kg


Maximum power: 55 kW {74 PS} / 5,000 rpm

Maximum torque: 135 N·m {13.7 kgf·m} / 2,750 rpm

Model:VN1700 Classic

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