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2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700

Sale price: $US 0.99 
Last update: 13.09.2018

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Type:Café Racer
Engine Size (cc):1,000
Sub Model (Optional):Sport Classic
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2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 for sale
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2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 for Sale
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I bought this bike new in 2008 from Fast By Ferraci in Pennsylvania. I had been stopping by the dealership on my lunch breaks and speaking with an older guy about racing, tractors and Italian food. There had been a Sport Classic on the floor for the past year that I had thrown a leg over a couple of times that I just loved; this was the bike that I had sketched and imagined for years. A modern engine, brakes and suspension a with café racer profile (in my imagination it had always been a Norton featherbed frame with a two valve 900 Ducati motor). It felt smaller than it looked and when I bought it the older guy - who turned out to be Eraldo Ferracci himself - spent several afternoons with me setting up the suspension and giving me advice about which modifications might be appropriate. I moved out west a couple years ago and have ridden her sparingly since. 
Modifications have occurred over the years based on the limitations of the original design. The tank. Jeez. Two replacements from the factory until I decided it was actually dangerous to have this thing slip off of the mounting points. A group had formed online. Autocad files were submitted and a factory that does prototyping work for Ferrari produced around a hundred brushed aluminum tanks. The tank the bike wears now is one of these - it was $3000 but worth every bit for safety and the reaction people have to it. I had a friend who does vintage style sign painting do the Ducati script by hand. The front fender has been replaced with a carbon fiber unit from Radical Ducati (sadly now defunct). A Ducati Performance derestricted airbox cover was added. It has NOS 1970s Tomaselli gum grips - I usually use Renthal grips but these are pretty neat and I had seen them on a bike at The Quail motorcycle show a couple years ago. The forks were replaced with Showa adjustable units from a Monster S2R. This made a big difference in turn in and being able to hold reasonable lines. Initial testers had complained about the way this thing handled and I had always experienced it as a bit nervous especially when ridden quickly. The swap made this bike handle the way Ducatis should: no drama and as if on rails.
Most of the original parts including the forks and one of the tanks have been retained and well stored. This includes the for-Sport-Classic-designed Pirellis - (the bike wears Continental Battleaxes that are more performance oriented). It does not include the original mirrors as these were really useless and continually worked themselves loose enough to flap about in the wind (from the first day leaving the dealer actually). They now look wonderful on my friend's old BMW R90S. 
I replaced the stock pipes with Conti replicas from a company in England (Keihan http://www.keihan.co.uk/). They are stainless steel and sound proper (there are baffles available but have never been installed). That said, the reduced back-pressure exacerbated a backfire under deceleration issue that these bikes are known for. A FatDuc O2 manipulator addressed this and the modification helped all around for smoother throttle response (though it does have a nice crackle under deceleration). The header pipes are wrapped in Kevlar for heat transfer and to keep your thighs from cooking on longer rides. The header pipes themselves are stainless from the factory but came painted black; they are still black though if I was less concerned about the heat I would have them stripped and polished.
The bike has just over 5000 miles and is in near mint condition. It starts on the button with a new battery. I have changed the oil with Mobile 1 synthetic every six months regardless of use and it comes with recent (March 2018, Ace Motorsports in Concord) belts, chain and tune. Brake fluid has recently been refreshed and the bike is very clean. A small ding in the tank (pictured) occurred at the dealer and I have been quoted $75 to have it taken out; it doesn't bother me and feel like it adds to the character. It has a clean title in my name (red key included). 

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