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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 (2009+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700, which has been made from 2009 onward, and is still in production.

It’s an evolution of the earlier Vulcan 1600 range.

All of the Vulcan 1700 range are powered by the same 1700cc 52-degree SOHC liquid-cooled fuel-injected V-twin, replacing the earlier 1552cc engine in the Vulcan 1600 range. The fundamentals haven’t changed during the Vulcan 1700’s lifetime, so the maintenance schedule hasn’t changed.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 came in a few different trims:

  • Vulcan 1700 Classic — the bare basics model. Even this model had ride-by-wire, all the way back in 2009!
  • Vulcan 1700 Nomad — Six-speed transmission, windshield (no fairing), and hard saddlebags
  • Vulcan 1700 Voyager — Luggage, fairing and windshield, driving lights, passenger backrest
  • Vulcan 1700 Vaquero — has the front fairing and saddlebags, and a small windshield. Rear seat is basically non-existent.

Unfortunately, there was no Vulcan 1700 Mean Streak! The 1600 was the last of them.

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What you need to service your Kawasaki Vulcan 1700

Your Vulcan 1700 is fairly easy to service, although it is a water-cooled V-twin (so there’s coolant) and belt-driven (so you need to check belt tension). But at least you don’t have to adjust valves!

ItemKawasaki Vulcan 1700 spec
OilThe manual calls for AP standardI SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 SAE 10W-40 engine oil. Many oils fit this requirement. A few are Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil or Motul 7100 full synthetic. Some fans use Shell Rotella T6, an affordable diesel that’s a sleeper because it’s so cheap but so high quality.
Oil filterThe Vulcan 1700 uses Kawasaki part 16097-008 which is used on many motorcycles. You can use a high-quality aftermarket Hiflofiltro HF303RC for ease of replacement (it has a nut on the end).
Air filterThe standard Kawasaki part number is 11013-0031. You can use Use K&N’s air filter KA-1709 to replace it (easier to get, same spec).
Spark plugThe manual says you need an NGK ILZKAR7B11 spark plug.
Belt tensionCheck your belt tension with a belt tension tool.
General lubricationUse lithium soap-based grease for general external lubrication
Vulcan 1700 maintenance replacement parts

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Vulcan 1700

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700.

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 schedule for the Vulcan 1700 motorcycles is basically a major service every 7500 miles (12000 km) and a minor service every 3750 miles (6000 km).

Probably the best news is that you don’t need to adjust valves on a Vulcan 1700! The manual says “Valve and valve seat wear is automatically compensated for the valve clearance. So inspection and adjustment of the valve clearance are not necessary on this motorcycle”. Hooray! This is because the Vulcan 1700 has self-adjusting hydraulic valves.

The maintenance schedule is in different parts in the original manual, but we combined them together to one schedule for ease of use.

Notes:

  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • K: According to Kawasaki, these should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer (but have a crack!)
  • # (Air filter, chain, etc.): Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
  • R = Replace, C = Change, I = Inspect, L = Lubricate
OperationEvery1000 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)42000 km (26250 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Emissions-related parts
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)yearIIIII
Idle speedIIIII
KFuel leak (fuel hose and pipe)yearIIIII
KFuel hoses condition, damageyearIIIII
Coolant levelIIIII
Coolant leakyearIIIII
Radiator hose damageyearIIIII
Radiator hoses installation conditionyearIIIII
Evaporative emission control system (US CA model only)IIIIIIIII
KAir suction system damageIIII
KSpark plug conditionIIII
Change/replacement items
Air cleaner element # (KA-1709)every 18000 km (12000 mile)RR
KEngine oil # (Kawasaki 10W-40, Motul 7100, Mobil 1 Synthetic)yearRRRRR
KOil filter (HF303RC)yearCCCCC
KFuel hoses5 yearsR
KCoolant (50/50 ethylene glycol pre-mix)3 yearsC
KRadiator hoses and O-rings3 yearsR
KBrake hoses or clutch hoses4 yearsR
KBrake or clutch fluid (front and rear) (Castrol DOT 4)2 yearsCC
KRubber parts of master cylinder and caliper (or slave cylinder)4 yearsR
KSpark plug (NGK ILZKAR7B11)every 48000 km (30000 mile)R
Clutch and Drive Train
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)IIIII
Clutch fluid level6 monthsIIIIIIIII
Clutch fluid leakyearIIIIIIIII
Clutch hose damageyearIIIIIIIII
Clutch hose installation conditionyearIIIIIIIII
KDrive belt deflectionIIIIIIIII
KDrive belt wear- inspectIIIIIIIII
Wheels and tires 
Tire air pressureyearIIII
Wheels/tires damageIIII
Tire tread wear, abnormal wearIIII
KWheel bearings damageyearIIII
Brake system
Brake fluid leakyearIIIIIIIII
Brake hoses damageyearIIIIIIIII
Brake pad wear #IIIIIIII
Brake hose installation conditionyearIIIIIIIII
Brake fluid level6 monthsIIIIIIIII
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, drag)yearIIIIIIIII
Brake light switch operationIIIIIIIII
Suspension
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation (damping and smooth stroke)IIII
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leakyearIIII
KSwing arm pivot (lithium soap-based grease)L
Steering System
KSteering playyearIIIII
KSteering stem bearings (lithium soap-based grease)2 yearsL
Electrical System
Lights and switches operationyearIIII
Headlight aimingyearIIII
Side stand switch operationyearIIII
Engine stop switch operationyearIIII
Chassis
KChassis parts (lithium soap-based grease)yearLLLL
KBolts and nuts tightnessIIIII
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 motorcycles run the following tyre sizes and pressures. It’s the same for the Nomad, Voyager, and Classic. There’s no Mean Streak (which was different for the 1600).

WheelSizePressure (cold)
Front130/90 B16 M/C 67H200 kPa / 28 psi
Rear170/70 B16 M/C 75H250-280 kPa (36-40 psi) depending on load
Vulcan 1700 Nomad/Voyager/Classic tyre sizes and pressures

Originally the vulcan 1700 motorcycles shipped with Bridgestone Exedra tyres.

General information about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 range is the only surviving large Kawasaki Vulcan cruiser, the 2000 having been discontinued.

They all share the same fuel-injected 1700cc water-cooled V-twin engine. Even though it’s water cooled, it manages to keep a very retro line, and the water cooling keeps emissions down, power up, and heat to a minimum.

The pistons are massive and nearly square — 102x104mm — and the result is a huge amount of torque that peaks before 2500 rpm, giving the low rumble that you’d expect from a big twin.

The Vulcan 1700 has had ride by wire since 2009. This is amazing! Some motorcycles today still don’t have ride by wire, though they’re usually the cheaper ones, and the Vulcan 1700 is uber-premium.

The Vulcan 1700 puts power to the ground through a six speed gearbox and a belt drive.

Manual for the 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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