2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager/Nomad Review —

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Get outta town!

If the slumping got you down, maybe it’s to pack up a motorcycle and head out for a road trip. You wouldn’t be Despite a general downturn in sales, the touring segment continues to grow.

You’re not the one ready for a bit of horizon chasing, as has its new Voyager ready for your adventures. Team K describes its new steed as “nostalgic, muscular and The nostalgic aspect refers to elements from 1960s-era such as the driving lights pickup) and retro-tinged gauges.

The is based upon the Vulcan cruiser we recently reviewed. New the wheels up, we were favorably with the powerful and relatively platform. I refer to this because it contains a whack of that applies to the Voyager I bother rehashing here, so sure you give it a read to get the picture.

The Vulcan’s punchy cubic-inch, 50-degree V-Twin a mild retuning for use in the Voyager. ECU mapping and the use of dual exhausts muffler per side to minimize intrusion) results in an identical peak of 108 ft-lbs but arrives 500 rpm than the Classic’s 2250 Max horsepower also arrives 500 later than the Classic, at rpm.

The rev limiter kicks in at revs.

Response from the livelier motor is very aided as it is by an electronic throttle in the fuel-injection system that throttle position, load, and air pressure inputs to provide delivery. It has enough low-rpm to take off from a stop in gear. Twin counterbalancers and fifth and sixth gears vibes from the single-pin to a relaxed level.

The Voyager differs most from the Vulcan by its bounty of accoutrements. Chief among is the large frame-mounted fairing not only provides major-league protection but also a receptacle for a of infotainment features. Center is an LCD panel that hosts for average fuel economy, to empty, a gear-position indicator, a and twin tripmeters that can be through via a switch on the left

A fuel gauge and speedometer to the left, and a tachometer and engine gauge are on the right.

Below the gauges is the audio panel for AM, FM and bands, plus the ability to optional XM radio, CB and iPod Switches on the left handlebar the system. An iPod jack in the lockable glove box is optional.

quality through the two speakers is if not excellent.

Another touring of the Voyager is electronic cruise that functions in gears 3 to 6 30 and 85 mph. Speeds can be bumped up or incrementally (1 mph, claimed) the handlebar-mount controls, and cruise can be with brake and clutch or by closing the throttle manually. turnsignals are standard on all V17 models.

The Voyager is also equipped a 12-volt accessory socket.

it’s time to hit the road for a or a month, you’ll need to stow clothes, cameras, and perhaps a copy of “Zen and the Art of Maintenance.” To that end, the has a pair of lockable saddlebags hold 38 liters each and are from the elements. The top-opening uses a simple squeeze for effortless opening and closing, and can be left unlocked for quick of stored items. Dual are used for extra security.

more commodious is a 50-liter top box is big enough to hold two full-face Like the saddlebags, its locks are to the ignition. Dual lockable boxes offer cockpit-accessible space.

With all these and a big-cube motor, it shouldn’t be a to see it all add up to a considerable 886-lb ready-to-ride weight, which is less some other large bikes. What is a surprise is how the big rig is. Even low-speed maneuvers some other luxo-barges aren’t problematic for the Voyager, in part to a reasonable wheelbase of inches and modestly sized and 170/70 tires on 16-inch wheels.

If you’re looking to hit the and don’t need the full-boat treatment provided by the Voyager, also offers its new Nomad. basically a cross between the big and the Vulcan 1700 Classic LT.

Up is the same same height-adjustable as the LT, plus standard windshield Instead of the LT’s leather the Nomad is equipped with the hardshell bags from the Also borrowed from the are its electronic cruise control, and rear engine guards and an riding position.

It also gets the Voyager’s seat, and a passenger is treated to grab rails plus a backrest than the LT’s.

The rides similarly to the Voyager but is more agile thanks to a weight lighter by about 50 Pricing starts at $14,399 for the version with a gold Three extra Benjamins purchase the Candy Diamond Red and Luster Beige 2-tone

Like the LT, it comes with a warranty, one short of the Voyager’s.

The ergonomic package is excellent and riders of various sizes. to the Vulcan 1700, the bars less pullback and the floorboards are back by more than an the latter allowing a rider to some weight off over or while stretching. A 28.7-inch height is low enough to provide footing yet tall enough not to legs over long

The seat itself is very even plusher and wider for pilot and pillion than the V17

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom

The Voyager’s suspension is similar to the V17s but has a beefier 45mm rather than 43mm It uses the same air-adjustable with 4-position rebound but with heavier spring and rates to accommodate the Voyager’s substantial weight. With the shocks set to 10 psi (from a maximum of 43 and rebound damping on #3 of four the rear suspension was about for my light weight and aggressive style, providing good and acceptable ground clearance.

Kawi’s cruiser-touring rig performs well in in the corners, aided by a purported to be 40% stiffer than old Vulcan 1600’s. Steering is better than expected, and the can be hustled around smartly up to the imposed upon by the lean available by its floorboards. Smooth transitions and zero drivetrain via a carbon-reinforced belt drive power to the wheel decisively.

But cruising down the open where the Voyager is most in its A pleasantly neutral riding and comfy seat lets the pass by effortlessly. The big, fairing provides encompassing from the elements, aided by panels that keep from a rider’s legs. on the amount of ambient heat, vents in the fairing lowers can be set to one of open positions or shut off

A sub-six-foot rider is forced to through the non-adjustable windscreen provides good coverage much buffeting.

Triple-disc offer good power and and they can be upgraded with an brake system. The $1100 includes 4-piston calipers up rather than the 2-piston on the other V17s, and it includes a of linked braking called It works like a typical system, but pressure sensors at master cylinder detect the of braking based on the bike’s

A motor-driven actuator then the amount of pressure in the system and the amount of squeeze to the front caliper and/or rear as necessary. K-ACT sounds complicated than it feels, as the operates seamlessly. We’re to report that K-ACT engage at speeds below 12 and the ABS function is disengaged below 4

Stylistically, the Voyager excels several design elements as the machined and contoured cylinder for air cooling and the liquid-cooled upper We also liked the nice end with horizontal LED lamp into the top box, and the attractive 35-watt driving lights can be vertically and have a dedicated switch. Front and rear help protect bodywork in the of a tip-over.

Chrome instrument are another charming touch, if they reflect in the windshield backlit by the sun.

Overall, the is a well-polished machine with little to gripe about. A longer sidestand would the amount of heave it takes to the bike upright, and it was a bit surprising to the lack of an ambient temperature on the otherwise complete instrumentation. is also no reverse gear so you’ll want to avoid in to a downhill parking space

Like all V17s, the Voyager has a sculpted fuel tank, but its capacity is a bit smaller than of its competitors. Finally, heated and seats aren’t part of the

And speaking of competition, there a whole lot of them – Kawasaki the top-of-the-line V17 as the market’s only V-Twin luxury-touring machine. there are four or five themed bikes to cross-shop: Electra Glide Classic and Road Glide ($18,599); the Vision Tour ($19,999); Gold Wing ($22,099); and the Royal Star ($18,690).

The makes a very strong for itself by having an MSRP drastically undercuts its rivals. start at $16.799, bolstered by a warranty, and the ABS version rings in at

With its overall competence and price, Kawasaki’s new Voyager is the value in the luxury-touring segment.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom


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