The Vaquero's front suspension travel, at 5.5 inches, is also healthy, and a rather plump-looking 130/90 x 16 Bridgestone front radial makes the most of it. It's a good match for the 170/70 x 16 rear tire, and even though this Vulcan's claimed curb weight is 836 lbs. (a touch more than the Nomad), I found the Vaquero offered surprisingly neutral handling, with light steering effort at the bar. The engine feels better sorted than its kinfolk too, though perhaps that's just a placebo effect-after all, we'd just listened to a bunch of Kawasaki reps talk about engine improvements. Still, the tranny felt less truckish, if a bit overgeared.