Kawasaki VN1700 Classic

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Low-down punch and power



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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.


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.


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.


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.



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.

Tail light

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


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.


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.


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.



At its heart, K-ACT ABS is an advanced anti-lock braking system, designed to keep tyres from locking up during braking. But K-ACT ABS was designed to be used on touring models


Full Model Features

Delivery & REturns


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Our Northern Ireland & UK Mainland delivery charges start from £2.99 per package. Deliveries to The Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey), Scottish Highlands and Islands and Isle of Man start from £3.99 per package. Delivery’s to the Republic of Ireland start from £9.99.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours from the time payment is received. Please note if we do not have the item/s you require in stock, we will contact you ASAP with a delivery date and give you the option of a full refund if you prefer.

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You may return any Products you have purchased within seven (7) working days of delivery for any reason (including if you simply change your mind) provided that the Product is unused, undamaged and in its original packaging with all tags in place. To do so you must notify us in writing or other durable medium (including email) within those seven (7) working days. You will then be entitled to a refund from us, which will be paid as soon as possible, but in any event within thirty (30) days of safe receipt of your returned Product in compliance with this clause. You must arrange for and pay the costs of returning the Products to Phillip McCallen Motorcycles Ltd – on request, we will collect the Products from you, but the cost of this will be charged to you and we may deduct this from the refund. While in your possession, you must keep any Products you intend to return to us in good and saleable condition with all original packaging and tags in place.


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If you have any queries or complaints about returning a Product, please contact our Returns Department on (028) 92 622 886 and speak to one of our returns department representatives.

Technical Specification

Bike Technical Spec



    Engine type

    Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin



    1,700 cm3


    Bore x stroke

    102 x 104 mm


    Compression ratio



    Valve/Induction system

    SOHC, 8 valves


    Fuel system

    Fuel injection: ø42 mm x 2









    Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump




    6-speed, return


    Final Drive


  • 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)



    Wet multi-disc, manual



    Frame type

    Double-cradle, steel



    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



    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