2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 Review- Vulcan Voyager First Ride

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First Ride: 2009 Vulcan Voyager 1700 first entry into the V-Twin dresser category has all the of success.

Photography By Adam

When talk turns to touring motorcycles, a few key words out: features, power and Oh, and did we mention features? Typical riders like to bring but the proverbial kitchen sink them; they also all the bells and whistles engineers can their way, making days in the saddle as enjoyable as

Kawasaki hasn’t had a serious contender in years. The last it had a full dresser in the lineup was in 2003 with the long-in-the-tooth, Voyager XII. And until the of thisnew Voyager 1700, no company had dared tread on the ground of good ol’ American touring bikes, occupied by Harley-Davidson and its Ultra Classic Glide, with Victory the party with its Vision in 2008.

But the complete revamping of the family was a great opportunity to the first-ever metric V-Twin touring machine as the clan’s

Copying formulas of those brands would do little to Team Green, so it instead did it does best: pack the with technology to enhance the experience, all the while keeping it behind retro-themed styling. of the tech features that this bike stand out are a Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV), ABS with Kawasaki Coactive Braking Technology and all the touring amenities buyers

Key to the entire Vulcan line is the new 1700cc, 52-degree, long-… A single-pin crank gives the that classic Vee character, twin counterbalancers keep it The cylinder heads feature a arrangement in place of the Vulcan pushrods for improved mid- to power. Semi-dry-sump oiling lower placement of the crankshaft, a long, 104mm … increasing engine height; measures 102mm.

Kawasaki 108 foot-pounds of torque at just rpm.

One difference between the (and its close sibling, the bagger) and the Classic/LT Vulcan which share the same engine, is that peak and torque are moved 500 rpm higher in the rev where engineers felt riders could better it on the highway. ECU mapping and changes to the are responsible for this difference, but out on the road we found the sensation of power was negligible.

This is due to the fact that both and sixth gears in the transmission are overdrives, with 0.967 and ratios, respectively. On our introductory through California farm and small towns like and Sebastopol north of San Francisco, of those top two cogs were and were only selected a couple of short freeway At 70 mph in sixth, the analog rev-counter a low-down 2500 rpm, that same speed in netted 3000.

But we’re sure when let the “Good Times Roll” the Midwestern U.S. good economy and the ultra-smooth top-gear will be welcome.

Response the sophisticated fuel-injection system, features a fully electronic throttle arrangement, was very Optimal fuel delivery was regardless of right-wrist input or conditions. Acceleration was strong, particularly good roll-on in third and fourth gears.

In the department, our seat-of-the-pants impressions the Voyager ahead of the H-D Ultra Electra Glide we tested in the May A 28mm-wide carbon-fiber-reinforced belt drive sends power to the wheel.

Handling is the last you want to worry about loaded down with a and luggage. A 4.4-pound-lighter—yet 40 percent rigid—steel double-cradle frame is compact than that of the Vulcan 1600, allowing a 65.6-inch wheelbase. Curvy were quite enjoyable; once did the Voyager exhibit that could be described as

Only its limited bank held it back; the floorboards carved crescents into the Slow-speed maneuvers were a non-issue. The Voyager carries its low, which made into and out of parking spaces aided further by the low 28.7-inch and firm footing afforded by it.

The 45mm fork and dual that feature air-adjustable are largely responsible for making the machine (claimed curb handle so competently. Up to 43 psi of pressure can be run in the shocks to compensate for a passenger and in addition to four rebound We ran 25 psi, pumped up via a Schrader on the upper outside of each body with a small accessory hand pump.

An box that buyers will want to check is for the K-ACT ABS system, which adds to the $16,799 base price. the system interprets the rider’s at the front lever and rear to determine if the pressure applied is balanced. If not, the ECU either or decreases pressure fore and aft to braking efficiency. ABS is incorporated as an safety net.

The system is transparent—you would never that anything out of the norm was during braking. To make that the system is not intrusive, it intervene at speeds below 12 while ABS doesn’t kick in 4. Braking hardware comes in the of triple 300mm discs, calipers in front and a two-pot out back.

Although we only had half a day the Voyager (we sampled all four over two days), it was clear this is a bike that has a appetite for all the miles that 5.3 of on-board fuel will in one sitting. The deep-dish seat is yet supportive, the reach to the bars and wind protection provided by the screen envelops the rider in a (no earplugs needed), still Vents in the lower fairing in of the floorboards are adjustable to help the cockpit on hot days.

Like any touring rig, the Voyager has creature comforts to keep and passenger entertained and happy. on the cruise control and fire up the audio system that is compatible, iPod/MP3-ready (with cord) and can be fitted with an XM or CB radio in addition to its FM/AM/WX unit.

If those are not enough for you, three power on the dash and two under the seat—can juice to a GPS, radar heated apparel or whatever you can’t do without on the road. worry about overloading the system because the Voyager has a rare-earth-magnet alternator that out 48.5 amps.

Storage is what dressers are all right? Twin 38-liter, lockable, hard-shell side are color-matched and weather-sealed, as is the 50-liter top case that will two full-face helmets…or that kitchen sink. Two more compartments in the cockpit hold items that you need to closer, such as your that plugs into the system inside the cubby on the rider’s left.

Inspiration for the styling comes from muscle cars, says and at least the face of the audio of 8-track players of the era. The fairing features a single headlight flanked by a pair of driving lights; bright LED on the rear fender are supplemented by two rows of LEDs in the back of the top Twin chromed exhausts one to a side, allowing better clearance and room for the side

Nine-spoke cast wheels are with fat 130/90-16 front and rear tires.

Cockpit styling is retro-modern. speedometer, tachometer and coolant are analog while a large LCD in the center displays gear fuel gauge, clock, dual tripmeters, remaining and average fuel consumption. A on the right handlebar controls all LCD

A thumbnail comparison between the and its two strongest adversaries, the Ultra and Vision Tour, has the Voyager like a great deal at with ABS, in either or titanium/black. As tested, the 1700 is less expensive than a Ultra Classic and $2100 than the base-level Vision the money saved would go a way toward purchasing accessories.

first entry into the V-Twin dresser category has all the of success. Lots of high-tech nice styling, long-term and power that will help the Voyager out-sprint the should make the incumbents

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