Kawa’s big custom GT takes advantage of the overweight of its friends’ engines to invite itself into the big twin club. After the 1600 VN Classic and the 1600 Mean Streak, the Tourer also upgrades to a higher displacement and now displays 1552 cm3, i.e. 82 cm3 more than its previous version..
The scraping of the footrests, the pounding couple coming out of the guts of the twin, the braking limited when approaching a bend … Could we be riding an Italian Hypersport? Not really – Exactly the opposite: at the controls of the largest vessel in Kawasaki’s road fleet.
Take-off time is approaching; and while the passenger swallows the facade, we contemplate that of the VN 1600 Tourer: imposing, long, well finished, the VN "cruiser" flatters you, invites you, wants to take off. His suitcases are just waiting to accommodate the luggage for the week of cruising, the orders are tasted in the velvet, and the template encourages you to quickly get out of the city. Such a machine needs to breathe the air of great escapades. Perhaps it would have been necessary to take the intercom to chat with Madame about the route? Broutille! The large plexiglass window in front of the pilot allows a quiet discussion until the 1600 has engaged on the national road.
What more do you need to savor the road ahead? Perhaps a cigar, or a smile from the Miss sitting behind. A glance in the retro and here we are full of spirits. The joy that can be read on that sweet face embellishes the afternoon. Madame can be happy: the place offered to her is of choice. Good seat, steps as long as shoes, remarkable grab handles and sissy-bar that holds the back well, the trip promises to be beautiful for everyone.
Under the large 20 L tank, the 12 mkg available at mid-speed easily pushes the 375 kg of the beast (uh, well, a lot more with the 2 loustics on board). Its mission: to wrap around the couple – ours: to enjoy it. Are you tempted by a touch of madness as you approach the mountain bends? Forget. the width of maneuver on the angle is frankly reduced. We lean a little, it goes – We lean medium, it’s the sparks under the feet – The option ‘we lean a lot’ is prohibited in the program, under penalty of continuing the road in balance on the crash bars … and the rest to fly down the slope. No, be less generous and focus on braking. The dual 300mm front disc will quickly call for help. Use and abuse the rear brake to slow the Kawa Tourer down, and think that such a motorcycle drives smoothly.
(Text of the essay inspired by the article by L. Boloré – Moto-Journal n ° 1690
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VN 1500 TOURER 2004
Model marketed in
about 160 km / h
The technical aspect
Kawasaki VN 1600 Classic Tourer 2005
- Tank: 20 liters
- Wheelbase: 1685 mm
- Operating weight: 375 kg
- Train before
- Secondary cardan drive
- Rear axle
(102 x 95 mm)
at 4,700 rpm
at 2,700 rpm