2012 model information

2012 MODEL INFORMATION
OVERVIEW ----------------------- P.2
AT A GLANCE -------------------- P.4
KEY FEATURES ------------------ P.5
SPORTY, FLOWING BAGGER STYLE ------ P.5
TOP-END TOOLS FOR
CRUISING COMFORT---------------------P.10
WINNING FEATURES
FROM THE VULCAN 1700 --------------- P.14
ADDITIONAL FEATURES -------- P.17
COLOUR(S) --------------------- P.18
MODEL NAME
VULCAN 1700 VAQUERO/VAQUERO ABS
MARKETING CODE
VN1700JCF/KCF
Version: 10 Oct 2011
Intended as a general reference for the preparation of marketing materials, some of the material
contained herein may not apply to all markets. Canadian model may not be exactly as shown.
SPECIFICATIONS --------------- P.19
OVERVIEW
SPORTY FLOWING-DESIGN
BAGGER LOADED WITH
TOP-END TOOLS
The newest edition to the Vulcan 1700 line-up, Kawasaki’s first
bagger model follows a wide-and-low concept, its design flowing
from the front to the rear of the bike. A number of blacked-out
parts and numerous original-design styling components give the
Vulcan 1700 Vaquero a hard, sporty image and its own distinct
look. Further, it is loaded with high-grade cruising essentials, like
Kawasaki’s advanced brake system K-ACT ABS, Electronic Cruise
Control, and a high-spec iPod-compatible audio system.
Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
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OVERVIEW
The Bagger
Top-end Tools for Cruising Comfort
ETV System Bagger Styling
- Bagger design flows from the front to the rear
- Wide-and-low image
- Large front cowl
- Short wind-deflector
- Perfectly integrated
side bags
- Long, tapered mufflers
- Blacked-out parts
contribute to the
sporty image
(Electronic Throttle Valve)
- Ensures ideal throttle valve actuation for smooth, natural engine response
Electronic Cruise Control
Cockpit
- Dashboard (instrument panel) colour matches
bodywork
- Instrument dials with red
rings and amber
backlighting add to the
sporty image
- Multi-function LCD
U.S. model shown
- Set speed remains
constant (even on
uphill slopes)
- Equipped standard on
all models
K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactivebraking Technology) ABS Facilitates
Controlled, Confident Braking
Performance (VN1700K only)
- Ensures ideal front/rear brake force distribution
- Enables controlled, stable braking in any situation
- Only linked braking system in class
High-spec Multi-function Audio System
40-watt/2-speaker
Customising Accessories
iPod Connector (Option)
- Numerous accessories available:
- Windscreen
(Short/Medium
Tall)
- Smoke wind
deflector (taller
than STD)
- Grip warmers
- Dual gel seat
- Solo seat
- Heated solo seat
- Driver backrest
- Quick-release
backrest
- Passenger
floorboard kit
- Side bag liners
- Luggage rack
- Quick-release
solo luggage rack
- Auxiliary driving
lights
- DC sockets
- Headset
- GPS mount
- Billet handlebar
clamp
- Billet engine
cover
- Vulcan premium
cover
- Side bag top rails
- Side bag side
rails
- Front fender trim
etc…
*Availability varies by market.
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MP3 Connector (Option)
Vulcan 1700 Winning Features
- Strong mid-range torque for superior passing performance
- Max torque @ 2,750 rpm (same as VN1700A/B/C/D)
- 1700cc liquid-cooled V-Twin
- 6-speed including overdrive
- Frame-mounted front cowl (handling less affected
by wind)
- Compact ride position
AVC (Auto Volume Control)
Intercom Mode
AM
XM Tuner (Option)
FM
WX
AUX
CB Radio (Option)
- Handlebar switches were designed for gloves-on operation
Mode selection
Recall preset stations
Push to talk (CB Radio)
Volume
Tuning/Song selection
Squelch
- High iPod compatibility
> Full iPod control via handlebar switches
> Song name, playlist, etc shown on digital display
> iPod fits in left-side lockable glove box (includes charging function)
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AT-A GLANCE
Kawasaki
craftsmanship – P.5
Elegant bodywork and
engine covers were
designed by hand, resulting
in shapes pleasing to the
eye.
LED taillight – P.7
Attractive LED taillight
contributes to styling.
Compact riding
position – P.16
Light handling – P.15
Compact chassis
designed for light
weight and light
handling.
Upright riding position
and sculpted seat offer
all-day riding comfort.
Low seat height and
seat shape make it easy
to reach the ground.
Electronic Cruise
Control – P.12
Convenient Electronic
Cruise Control is
controlled from the right handle.
Fully loaded console – P.12
In addition to large automobile-style
dials, multi-function instrumentation
ensures the rider is kept fully apprised
of riding conditions. Integrated
audio system offers class-leading
iPod-compatibility. All controls are
conveniently located at the handles.
Large front cowl and
wind deflector – P.6
Sleek, lockable
side bags – P.8,6
Muscular front cowling
and wind deflector, key
bagger styling elements,
offer protection from the
wind and weather. Mounting
the cowling to the frame
rather than the handlebars
contributes to light handling
and minimises effect of wind
buffeting.
Essential bagger equipment,
the hard, lockable side bags
follow the lines of the bike’s
elegantly integrated rear
section. Each offers 35 litres
of storage space.
Twin tapered mufflers
– P.9
Electronic Throttle
Valve System – P.11
Long tapered mufflers
complement the wide-andlow bagger styling.
Electronic throttle valve (ETV)
system delivers smooth,
natural engine response.
Belt drive – P.14
Smooth and efficient belt
drive uses carbon fibre as
a tensile material. Slimmer
than a Kevlar belt, it reduces
weight and contributes to
appearance.
6-speed transmission
with overdrive – P.15
1,700cc liquid-cooled,
4-stroke V-Twin – P.14
6-speed transmission
includes an overdrive gear
for relaxed highway cruising.
Long-stroke engine based on that
of the VN2000 delivers significant
torque and power.
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Superior passing
performance – P.15
Engine tuning ensures
strong acceleration in
the 80-110 km/h (50-70
mph range, facilitating
overtaking.
Coactive braking – P.10
2nd Generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced
Coactive-braking Technology) ABS (VN1700K
only) complements rider active brake control
with supplementary brake force enhancement for
confident, highly effective braking in all situations.
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KEY FEATURES
SPORTY, FLOWING BAGGER STYLE
In typical bagger fashion, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero follows a wide-and-low concept, its design flowing from the front of the bike to its
integrated rear. While its muscular curvature is based on that of the Vulcan 1700 Voyager, it is much more than a Voyager with the top case
removed; the Vaquero features a host of original-design components: engine shrouds, side covers, rear fender, mufflers… even the side bags
are new to the Vaquero. Further, numerous blacked-out parts contribute to a hard, sporty image. Both bodywork and engine covers received
the meticulous attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship expected of all Kawasaki cruisers.
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KEY FEATURES
Bodywork
*Large, muscular front cowling is reminiscent of American sports cars in
its sculpted, flowing design. Chromed headlamp cover contributes to
the look. (Photo 1)
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*Louvre-style fog lamp covers can be replaced with accessory fog lamps.
* Short-style smoked wind deflector contributes to the Vaquero’s
sporty image.
*Original engine shrouds
tidy the front of the bike
and help to give it a light,
sporty look. (Photo 2)
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*The elegantly shaped fuel tank tapers at the rear, contributing to the
Vaquero’s curvaceous figure, 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 sexy. Its hand-sculpted contours are
pleasing both to the eye and to the touch.
* Compact turn signals also add to the sporty image.
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KEY FEATURES
*Kawasaki craftsmanship
is also evident in the
styling motif of the front
fender. (Photo 3)
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*Motif from the front fender continues on the rear fender.
*Blacked-out finish
of the wheels, fork
and fork covers adds
to the bike’s sporty
image. (Photo 4)
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*The form of the
one-piece seat
complements the
flowing lines of the
bike, especially
in the rear fender
area. (Photo 5)
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*New one-pieced side covers complement the bagger design.
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* Sculpted strut covers seamlessly fill the space between the rear fender
and the side bags.
* A fender cover extends the length of the rear fender to line up with the
bottom of the side bags.
* Elegant LED taillight contributes to appearance in the rear.
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KEY FEATURES
Dashboard
Side Bags
*Instrument layout and large round dials give the console a sporty
automotive appearance. This image is reinforced by red-coloured rings
on the dials, amber backlighting on the dials and instrument and audio
LCD screens, and by the font used on the instrumentation. (Photo 6)
*Capacious side bags are curved on the top and flat on the bottom –
a design that lends itself well to the bagger styling. (Photo 7)
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6
U.S. model shown
*Dashboard panel matches the colour of the body, giving this area a
very integrated look.
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*Keeping in mind that bagger models are often customised, the side
bags open to the side and feature minimalist latches in order to offer
the largest possible surface, should owners choose to repaint.
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KEY FEATURES
Engine
*Engine covers have curved upper surfaces. Their three-dimensional
form adds volume and gives a quality appearance.
*Basic engine structure has a great impact on a V-Twin engine’s
appearance. Using a semi-dry sump enabled the engine’s long-stroke
configuration without increasing its height.
* The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms
a curved lined that continues to flow through the bike. (Photo 8)
* The matte black finish of the engine covers gives the bike a sporty
image, and sharply contrasts the chromed mufflers and cylinder head
covers. (Photo 9)
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* The edges of the cylinder fins receive a special NC treatment that
makes them gleam in sunlight.
* Slim design of the belt drive contributes to appearance.
* Twin tapered mufflers extend to the end of the side bags, adding to the
bike’s long, flowing lines.
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KEY FEATURES
TOP-END TOOLS FOR CRUISING COMFORT
Like the flagship Vulcan 1700 Voyager, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero comes fully loaded with advanced systems. K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced
Coactive-braking Technology) ABS ensures smooth braking control for confident, highly effective braking. Kawasaki’s fully electronic
throttle valve system offers smooth, natural engine response and easy starting in cold conditions. Electronic Cruise Control, multi-function
instrumentation, and a high-spec audio system compatible with iPod and other systems are standard equipment.
Coactive Braking (VN1700K only)
* 2nd Generation 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.
* Rider actuation of the front brake lever and/or rear brake pedal causes
brake fluid to act directly on caliper pistons per usual brake systems.
Pressure sensors (one for the front brake master cylinder, and one for
the rear) detect the amount of braking force the rider is applying. Then,
taking into account the vehicle speed at time of initial brake application,
the brake ECU determines the amount of corresponding brake force
necessary for maximum braking efficiency. A motor in the control unit
operates front and rear fluid pumps, increasing pressure to the front right
caliper (based on rear pedal application) and/or rear caliper (based on
front lever application) as necessary. (Illustration A)
* Two more pressure sensors (one measuring front right caliper fluid
pressure, the other measuring rear caliper fluid pressure) also provide
feedback to the brake ECU.
* K-ACT ABS also incorporates an anti-lock braking function to help
prevent the wheels from locking up during hard braking in a straight line.
* For maximum controllability in tight corners and when executing
U-turns, K-ACT ABS’s coactive function does not engage when braking
is initiated at speeds below 12 mph (20 km/h). The ABS function is
disengaged at speeds below 4 mph (6 km/h).
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KEY FEATURES
ETV (Electronic Throttle Valve) System
* 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. (Photo 10)
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A
* Control of both fuel injection and airflow enables precise cold-engine
idling speed control.
* The simple system makes it easy to incorporate other systems, like
Electronic Cruise Control (please see below).
* Twisting the throttle grip actuates a throttle pulley on the throttle body.
The Accelerator Position Sensor (APS), also located on the throttle body,
sends a signal to the ECU, which then actuates the throttle valves via a
DC motor. Throttle position is confirmed to the ECU by Throttle Position
Sensor (TPS). (Illustration A)
* Because the throttle grip is
connected to cables, the feel at
the grip is like a standard cableoperated throttle. (Photo 11)
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* Redundancy in the system (APS and TPS each send two sets of signals
to the ECU) ensures some control is maintained in case of failure.
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KEY FEATURES
Electronic Cruise Control
*Operation of
the Electronic
Cruise Control is
conveniently from
the right handle.
(Photo 12)
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* The system can be activated between 30 mph (47 km/h) and 85 mph
(137 km/h) in 3rd gear or above.
Multi-function instrumentation and
high-spec audio system with superior
iPod-compatibility
*Instrumentation and audio functions can be fully controlled by
handlebar switches. The switches were designed for gloves-on
operation.
* Multi-function LCD display in the centre of the instrument console is
controlled by switches on the right handle. Features include a gear
position indicator, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range
and average fuel consumption. (Photo 13)
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* Operating the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal causes the
Electronic Cruise Control to be disengaged. Closing the throttle beyond
the “zero-throttle” position is another instinctive way to disengage the
system.
U.S. model shown
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KEY FEATURES
*Pushing the “S” switch to
the left (“MODE-A”) toggles
the middle display between
“RANGE” (remaining cruising
range) and “AVERAGE”
(average fuel consumption).
Pushing the “S” switch to the
right (“MODE-B”) toggles the
upper display from “ODO”
to “TRIP-A” to “TRIP-B” and
back. (Photo 14)
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*The audio system (and iPod)
can be operated by switches
on the left handlebar.
(Photo 16)
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* Class-leading iPod-compatibility allows the audio display to show the
same information available on the iPod screen: song name, playlist, etc
all appear on the audio display.
*High-spec audio system features twin 40 W speakers, radio (FM/AM/WX) and compatibility with an iPod, XM tuner or CB
radio unit. (Photo 15)
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* The left-side lockable glove box provides convenient and secure iPod
storage and is equipped with a charge function.
U.S. model shown
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KEY FEATURES
WINNING FEATURES FROM THE VULCAN 1700
Numerous features were carried over from the Vulcan 1700 Series. The 1,700cc engine, offering both significant power and torque and
superior passing performance, is mounted in a frame designed for light weight and light handling. And like its siblings, the Vaquero’s compact
package offers ease of manoeuvrability.
Powerful 1,700cc V-Twin engine
* Long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700cc V-Twin engine
was designed to deliver high levels of torque. Bore and stroke measure
102 x 104 mm.
* Valve system uses a SOHC arrangement instead of OHV for more direct
engine feel and easier merging onto freeways.
* Large capacity airboxes are located on either side of the engine.
* Extremely smooth casting cores for the intake manifold enable a very
smooth finish without machining. The extremely smooth surface of
the intake manifold helps prevent fuel spray build-up from occurring,
resulting in more linear power delivery and smoother throttle response.
* Semi-dry sump allowed the crankshaft to be lowered, enabling a longer
stroke without increasing engine height.
* Both pistons are connected to a single crankpin. Primary balance is
satisfied care of two counter-balance shafts.
* Small-diameter iridium spark plugs reach deep into the combustion
chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially at low-load
operation (near idling).
* 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 40% greater than a Kevlar belt of
the same size) with a slim size and light weight. Belt width is 26 mm.
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KEY FEATURES
Superior passing performance
6-speed transmission with overdrive
*6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to stress-free riding and
better fuel economy when travelling at highway speeds.
*Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 80-110 km/h range.
Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range,
facilitating overtaking at highway speeds.
Long range
Light handling
*Designed from the start to be as light and slim as possible, the frame
minimises the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary meat.
The only forged parts (the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand
bracket, rear fender/shock absorber bracket) are areas that require
additional strength.
*20 litre fuel tank offers a substantial range, helping to minimise fuel
stops when out on the open road.
* Shorter distance between the seat and frame head pipe facilitates
handling at low speeds, especially when executing U-turns.
*Mounting the front
cowling to the frame
rather than the
handlebars contributes
to light handling when
manoeuvring at low
speeds. (Photo 17)
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*Also, with the front cowling mounted to the frame, any wind buffeting
is transferred to the bike rather than the handlebars, contributing to
reduced rider fatigue on long trips.
* Tire choice and suspension settings also contribute to the light
handling.
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KEY FEATURES
Convenient storage
* Side bags are sealed
and lockable, with
a volume of 35 litres
each. (Photo 18-19)
Ergonomics
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* Sculpted seat
designed for both
comfort and an easy
reach to the ground.
(Photo 20)
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* Upright riding position contributes to all-day riding comfort.
*
* Up front, lockable glove boxes provide a handy place for storing small
items and accessories.
* Dual adjustable rear
air-shocks ensure
a comfortable ride
feel. The air pressure
in the shocks can
be adjusted for
different road and
loading conditions.
(Remote air valves
are located under
the seat for easy
access.) (Photo 21)
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*Model may not be exactly as shown
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ADDITIONAL FEATURES
* Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, preventing key bunches
from damaging the luxurious chrome finish around the ignition area
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. “ACC” position allows accessories to be used while the
engine is off.
* ACG with rare earth magnets has reserve of 155 W for powering
accessories. Optional 12 V socket can be installed below the right-side
glove box to provide a power source for optional accessories.
* Front engine guards help protect the bike’s bodywork in the case of a
stationary fall.
* Two helmet holders are located under the seat. (Photo 22)
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COLOURS
* Metallic Spark Black
* Candy Plasma Blue
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SPECIFICATIONS
VN1700JCF/KCF
ENGINE
FRAME
Type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Type
Double-cradle, steel
Displacement
1,700cc
Wheel travel: front
140 mm
Bore and Stroke
102.0 x 104.0 mm
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Valve system
SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø42 mm x 2
Caster (rake)
30°
Ignition
Digital
Trail
177 mm
Starting
Electric
Steering angle (left/right)
35° / 35°
Lubrication
Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
DRIVETRAIN
Tire:
rear
80 mm
front
130/90B16M/C 67H
rear
170/70B16M/C 75H
SUSPENSION
Transmission
6-speed, return
Final drive
Belt
Primary reduction ratio
1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratios: 1st
2.933 (44/15)
2nd
1.900 (38/20)
3rd
1.407 (38/27)
4th
1.143 (32/28)
5th
0.967 (29/30)
6th
0.806 (29/36)
Final reduction ratio
2.250 (72/32)
Clutch
Wet multi-disc, manual
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Front: Type
45 mm telescopic fork
Rear: Type
Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks
Rebound damping
4-way
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SPECIFICATIONS
BRAKES
Front: Type
Caliper
Rear: Type
Caliper
PERFORMANCE
Dual 300 mm discs
Maximum power
61 kW {82 PS} @ 5,000 rpm
Maximum torque
146 N.m {14.9 kgf.m} @ 2,750 rpm
Dual 4-piston
Single 300 mm disc
(VN1700J)
Twin-piston
136 N.m {13.9 kgf.m} @ 2,750 rpm
(VN1700K)
ELECTRICAL
DIMENSIONS
Battery
12V 18AH
Headlight
120 60/55W H4
Taillight
LED
Alternator
46.8A/14V @ 5000 rpm
Overall length
2,510 mm
Overall width
970 mm
Overall height
1,290 mm
Wheelbase
1,665 mm
Ground clearance
145 mm
Seat height
730 mm
coverage
Curb mass*
378 kg (VN1700J)
with the Good Times™
Protection Plan*
382 kg (VN1700K)
Fuel capacity
20 litres
Warranty
36 months
Up to Two years
To view our
complete accessory
catalogue visit:
additional
*Depending on the program purchased.
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The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under
standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its
performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for
sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc. reserves the right to
alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet
individual markets.
* Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)
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