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2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic.

The Kawasaki Vulcan is a cruiser style motorcycle. The Vulcan name has been used for custom or cruiser motorcycles since 1984, model designation VN, using mostly V-twin engines ranging from 125 to 2,053 cc (7.6 to 125.3 cu in).

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
  • 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
  • 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
  • 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 power is provided by a 4-Stroke, 1552cc, Liquid / Air-cooled, SOHC, V Twin engine with Electric starter. The engine is paired with a 6-Speed transmission and total fuel capacity is 5.3 gallons.

Maintenance Schedule for 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic is broken into three sections: Engine Related Items, Chassis Related Items, and Change/Replacement Items.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

1. Periodic inspection (Engine Related Items)

Operation (Engine Items)
Every1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750 mi)36000 km (22500mi)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
KFuel leak (fuel hose and
pipe) – inspect
KFuel hoses damage –
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
Evaporative emission control system – function (California model only)
KAir suction system damage
– inspect
KSpark plug condition- inspect
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
Clutch fluid level – inspect6 months
Clutch fluid leak – inspectyear
Clutch hose damage – inspectyear
Clutch hose installation condition – inspectyear
KDrive belt deflection – inspect
KDrive belt wear- inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage –
Tire tread wear, abnormal
wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage –
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses damage –
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation
condition – inspect
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber operation
(damping and smooth
stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber oil leak – inspect
KSwing arm pivot – lubricate
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings –
2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches
operation – inspect
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation
– inspect
Engine stop switch
operation – inspect
KChassis parts – lubricateyear
KBolts and nuts tightness –
3. Periodic Replacement

Change/Replacement Items
Every1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replaceevery 18000 km (11250 mile)
KEngine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace4 years
KCoolant – change3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – repalce3 years
KBrake hoses or clutch hoses – replace4 years
KBrake or clutch fluid (front and rear) – change2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper (or slave cylinder) – replace
4 years
KSpark plug – replaceevery 48000 km (30000 mile)


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
#: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

The 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 130/90 B16 M/C 67H BRIDGESTONE ” EXEDRA G721 E”
  • Rear: 170/70 B16 M/C 75H BRIDGESTONE “EXEDRA G722 E”

The manual for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front (up to 180 kg load [397 lb]): 200 kPa/28 psi
  • Rear (up to 97.5 kg load [215 lb]): 250 kPa/36 psi
  • Rear (9.75 – 180 kg load [215 -397 lb]): 280 kPa/40 psi

General information about the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

The Classic’s primary element is its liquid-cooled, 103.7-inch V, an engine that dominates the proceedings with a thoroughly retro look as well as asphalt-wrinkling output. Massive pistons moving within a pair of liquid-cooled but beautifully finned cylinder blocks arrayed at 52 degrees for optimum balance and a distinct V-twin thump. Internal dimensions are thoroughly long-stroke – 102 x 104mm – for mammoth low- and mid-range power, exactly the sort of big-inch thrust and V-twin feel cruiser riders crave.

The system utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), which feed data to the ECU that adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers a natural throttle feel because the APS is activated by a throttle body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip. This cruising-oriented machine features FI and exhaust tuning optimized to deliver peak torque at a lower rpm

A six-speed transmission with quieter and smoother operation for 2011 features overdriven fifth and sixth gears that contribute to more relaxed riding and better fuel economy at highway speeds. The Vulcan 1700 Classic transfers power from the transmission to the rear wheel through a narrow carbon fiber final drive belt with 40-percent higher tensile strength than a Kevlar unit of the same width.

Manual for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2009-2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic, which is available here.

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