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2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2012 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 model:

  • 2013 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 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2012 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 2012 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 (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
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) (e)
KAir suction system damage
– inspect (e)
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 # – replace (e)every 18000 km (11250 mile)
KEngine oil # – changeyear
KOil filter – replaceyear
KFuel hoses – replace5 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 (e) – 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.
(e): Emission related item

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

The 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

Designed to be as light and slim as possible, the Classic’s single backbone double cradle frame offers a short seat-to-steering head distance, with a correspondingly short wheelbase. An elegantly simple rear swing-arm with twin air-assisted shocks provides 3.1 inches of rear suspension travel, and features air spring preload and four-way rebound adjustment. Up front, a large 43mm fork offers precise steering feedback, a supple ride and 5.5 inches of travel.

The Vulcan 1700 Classic rolls on nine-spoke cast wheels that run fat, tubeless tires – 130/90 front and 170/70 rear – that complement its muscular styling. Dual 300mm front disc brakes featuring twin-piston calipers and a single 300mm rear disc brake with a two-piston caliper help bring this stylish machine to steady, powerful stops.

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.

Manual for the 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
User manual screenshot for the 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic, which is available here.

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