2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 | Review


After a six-year leave the highway, Kawasaki is reentering the touring market with the forward, nostalgically styled, Voyager. Kawasaki is touting new Vulcan 1700 series as a for the company’s future in the cruiser and the reimagined Voyager has been as their cruise line’s flagship.

With its long-… V-twin engine and bulging muscle car styling riffs, the Voyager resembles a husky cousin of the inline four XII that vanished over the in 2003. The Voyager’s new Occidental is the visual hook in Kawasaki’s to develop a motorcycle that it will exploit a void by the competition-namely, a high-tech metric powered, full-dress cruiser.

The segment’s current growth defies the gravity of the motorcycle overall sales decline, and sees disposable income in thar saddlebags. The company is that a muscular new mile-eater on the floor will bolster its against the downturn. Development of the 1700 series (which includes the familiar Classic, LT and Nomad) was a top-down effort, focusing on the Voyager.

The Voyager’s old tech fusion certainly at the curb. Gone and (in most unlamented are the pointy angles, engine, boxy saddlebags and booster-seat passenger perch of the The resurrected Voyager takes its cues from LBJ-era with an obvious and unavoidable nod to The classically curvilinear fairing is thus transferring air pressure to the rather than the handlebars.

The no-frills headlamp and auxiliary enhance its vintage good Adding some function to the are the adjustable air vents on the lower leg shields. The 5.3-gallon tank itself unobtrusively under the lip of the and is topped with a broad strip.

The dual ten-gallon saddlebags are rounded and capacious, but the latches can be For those whose junk a trunk, Kawasaki provides. The 13.2-gallon chest doesn’t as though it could contain two helmets, but in they go without

Touring riders asked for taillights and, again, took heed. In addition to the fender-mounted LED taillight, the trunk a wide, dual-strip LED tail/stoplight, high and bright on the bike’s Up front, chunky 45mm pin a 16-inch, 130mm Bridgestone radial, with a 16-inch 170 up the rear.

Kawasaki crafted the new mill partly in response to demand for a step-up from the Based loosely on the hulking 2000, the new 1700 substitutes 4vpc architecture for the 2000′s pushrod design. A single pin accentuates the low-end V-twin while twin counterbalancers the vibrations.

Kawasaki claims the new powerplant delivers 108 ft/lbs of at a punctual 2750 rpm on the Voyager. figure represents a 15-percent over the 1600. Kawasaki is not to boast that, along the additional 100 cubes, the 1700 a 20-percent increase in horsepower, peaks at 5000 revs.

To the Voyager’s brawn, Kawasaki has its first fully Electronic Valve system (ETV). with a fuel injection based on those found in the 650R and Vulcan 900, the ETV the ECU to control spark, air and fuel while adjusting for throttle temperature, air pressure and load.

The throttle pulley remains allowing for familiar resistance at the The ETV converts that analog into a precise digital resulting in easy starting, fuel economy and lower

Kawasaki is quick to assure of us who have retained a healthy along with our eyebrow that we may drop the clubs and from caves; the ETV is monitored by an diagnostic system, which default to one of three fail-safe in the event of component failure, allowing the engine to continue Along with the Nomad, the ETV incorporates cruise control in the top gears.

Kawasaki is understandably of its new V-twin, and has framed the bike’s fins and liquid-cooled upper for maximum visibility within the curvaceous bodywork. The new powerplant is of an arranged marriage with new six-speed transmission, which not one, but two overdrive gears. The Vulcan line has dropped the and now transfers power to the rear via a svelte belt.

The 28mm fiber strip is not only lighter than the old shaft-driven but transmits power more and looks much cooler in the

Shoehorning this newly hardware and technology into an chassis design would be to lugging your MacBook Air in a Ralphs bag. Kawasaki has a new single backbone, double frame for the 1700 line is 40-percent more rigid and 4.4 pounds off the retired 1600 To increase maneuverability, the new chassis is compact-the wheelbase has been to 65.6 inches, while has been shaved two clicks to 30

Rider ergonomics have tightened, and the compressed rider is immediately noticeable, in a good The floorboards are elevated and forward, the handlebars demand a shorter than most big baggers. It all to a very natural upright with the big, scooped seat providing enough to my lower back.

The windscreen just tops the rider’s eye line and is distortion The result proves comfortable the time you knock back the in the morning to the time you knock a beer at sunset.

Settling the big touring saddle and pulling the upright (add nine for the ABS model), the muscle car flashback As soon as I glanced at the cockpit its big, chrome-bezeled gauges, I was that I have a ’65 Mustang in the patiently awaiting restoration. The hint of modernity is the LCD multi-function sandwiched between the dials.

The displays a gear indicator, and warning lights, in addition to a mode odo/tripmeter and fuel

Likewise, the audio head is a hybrid of old and new dashboard aesthetics. The headset-capable system includes an radio and is compatible with MP3 an XM radio tuner and, for early adopters, CB radio. The unit is tucked under the gauges, but can be operated by a controller on the handlebar.

The snug ergos and steering geometry contribute to the respectable low-speed dexterity. a few tight boots-on-the-boards U-turns, I had to get off the and reexamine its visual heft. The big grew more dexterous as I shifted through the gears.

The new is smooth and clunkless with progressive effort at the clutch. Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Finder eliminates the need to with the shifter until the N materializes while the bike is

Kawasaki engineers obviously to find a balance between big-twin conduct and a composed, temperament. The Voyager delivers a counterbalanced engine pulse, complements the glottal thwapp from the big slash-cut pipes. In and sixth gears, vibes are damped for endurance.

Scrambling lazy farmland sweepers at a pace, I leaned on third and gears almost exclusively. The meat is at the center of the steak, and is enough power and range in the two cogs for almost any non-highway Because the Voyager’s hefty end feels more securely than those of its Vulcan I was able to angle the big fairing farther than I expected.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

has mated the bike’s nimble new with tour-ready suspension. In to the 45mm Showa’s with a 5.5 inches of travel up front, the sports twin air shocks 3 inches of travel and adjustable damping. The default setting is for a rider weighing 150 pounds, so of us will be adding some air to the for maximum wrinkle reduction.

The Voyager features adequately stopping power; four-piston put the bite on dual 300mm up front, with a single disc hauling down the While that familiar proved reassuring in every I encountered, Kawasaki’s Advanced Braking Technology (K-ACT) ABS exclusively on the Voyager-is a welcome to a luxury touring bike 900 pounds.

While the K-ACT translates rider input balanced braking force, it not be confused with standard braking systems. Responding to from pressure and speed the brake ECU controls the motor-driven pumps, which deliver the amount of pressure to the brake Clamp down on the right lever, rear brake or both, and the system will and apply progressive, measured power to both front and brakes, preventing lock-up.

The system is designed to feel to the rider, delivering a small to the lever and pedal to indicate its The K-ACT system does not below 12 mph, and the ABS is clipped 4 mph. Still, it required a squeeze for me to get the system to activate.

it did, it responded as advertised. It however, take a bit of getting to being able to grab a of front brake without the attempting to bury itself in the A Kawasaki rep noted that of their cruiser and touring prefer the standard braking but riders stepping up to a bigger will find K-ACT to be a investment.

With a flick of the signal onto the highway, the reveals the flipside of its personality-a wayfarer with iPod Dropping into the overdriven and sixth gears, engaging the control and cranking up the tunes, some distinctly civilized pleasure.

Highway gears smooth power delivery and a engine pulse in place of the acceleration found in the lower For the average-sized rider, the bike’s ergonomics are comfortable over touring time, though pilots may long for some leg-stretch. Passenger accommodations floorboards and a curved trunk-mounted that also provides arm

The Voyager’s ETV’s cruise function is accessed from the handlebar and can be engaged between 30 and 85 mph in the top gears. Once the desired is set, it can be raised or lowered in mph increments. The system can be overridden by brake or clutch input.

Equally intuitive, is the Voyager’s unit. The three-band system is via the left handlebar and can fully an iPod through its cockpit The two-speaker system is upgradeable, the addition of rear speakers. will be quick to swap out

At highway speeds, everything Chet Baker to Bad Religion aural tinfoil when to an audible volume. The Voyager features inputs for navigation heated clothing and other gadgetry. No word at press regarding Xbox or karaoke connectivity.

Kawasaki will be out an extensive accessory catalog some familiar accoutrements pillow top gel seats, trunk saddlebag trim, and trunk in addition to audio and intercom

There will be those who to the new-look Voyager’s American just as there will exist a stalwart core of who mourn for the old in-line four’s allure. Both camps find common ground in the new lithe handling, abundant and tech-appeal. The 2009 Kawasaki Voyager 1700 is certain to a vigorous debate and many a bon

Photos by Adam Campbell

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