2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan First Ride

Kawasaki its hat into the full dress motorcycle ring with the of the 2009 Vulcan Voyager.

new 1700 models are Kawasaki’s in cruisers.” So said Kawasaki Manager Croft Long to a of moto scribes at the 2009 1700 Cruisers intro in Valley, California. We were to experience Kawasaki’s 1700cc injected future in the form of new cruiser and touring V-Twins, what is claimed to be the first V-Twin-powered full dress motorcycle, the 2009 Kawasaki

The next two days would be logging hundreds of miles Hwy. 1 and over the Marin hills including an unforgettable up the Bay Area’s highest scenic Mt. Tamalpias.

Joining Kawasaki’s new touring motorcycle are three already imbedded in Vulcan the Nomad, Classic, and Classic LT. the obvious 100cc bump in from 2008’s 1600cc class, the new 1700 models now a six-speed transmission, belt of shaft drive, and a new chassis. enough variation in styling and touring amenities between the to sate discriminatory riders, and of new bodywork and lots more are included in the 2009 upgrades.

The new is based on the powerplant used in the 2000, except the 1700 a single overhead cam in each head instead of the 2000’s actuated overhead valve The 102mm X 104mm bore/… of the cubic-inch engine is claimed to 108 ft-lb of torque. Compression is now up 0.5 from the 1600. Kawasaki has hard to make sure

The 2009 Vulcan Cruisers 1700cc 52-degree V-Twin is based on the big lump in the Vulcan

the engine is full of V-Twin and twin counter-balancers help the happy medium between too vibes and too little.

The 52-degree is mounted in a single backbone cradle frame. The new chassis is compact, shaving 13mm off the There are less castings, to knock off 4.4 lbs over the 2008 and Kawasaki claims the new arrangement is 40% rigid than the old chassis. The to steering head distance is now and the rake has been brought in two with its new settings at 30-degrees 6.7-in. travel.

The rider’s has also been compacted by in the handlebars 30mm and the floorboards by

The 2009 Vulcan 1700 also benefit from Kawasaki calls its ‘first electronic throttle valve It feels like a cable-actuated but is really a system of sensors and an ECU are controlling the precious fuel But there are cables. The throttle is connected to a throttle pulley, position is monitored by an accelerator sensor.

A separate cable to the throttle position sensor, the information from both being sent to the ECU. The ECU translates the info and adjusts the plates to control air intake, and spark. The system adjusts for temperature, pressure, and throttle

With 15 mph switchbacks, elevation and some of the greenest hills Marin County was a perfect for testing the road-readiness of the 2009 of Vulcan 1700 Cruisers.

engine, smaller frame, new system — with a of attributes like this, I was to ride the new Vulcans. Though I had ridden the old Inline-Four Voyager, its as a manageable motorcycle precedes it. But many, I wondered why Kawasaki was the model back after a absence.

In response to this Kawasaki said that the Voyager’s return was due in large to customer response. Second, sees it as an opportunity to capitalize on a of alternatives. There are no other V-Twin full dress with traditional styling.

The reason is the positive trend in the touring segment. The niche to riders with higher incomes, so why not try to tap into it?

The first I notice when throwing a leg the 28.7-inch high seat is how the ergos are. It’s a reach to the bars. The tank overly wide at 5.3 gallons, me to snug in to the bike. The floorboards are in too, and the seating position me straight-backed, arms comfortably with a solid center of It’s the most compact triangle of any luxury-touring bike

Combine the rider-friendly ergos a 65.6-inch wheelbase and you’ve got a big that is easily manageable at low from the get-go.

The 2009 Vulcan Cruisers a narrow carbon fiber switching over from drive used in the 2008

Rolling through the gears of the transmission, shifts are smooth and engage reliably. It is a lot less than American V-Twins. I tap out gear until it redlines at 42 push second to its limit it bogs at 68 mph. Third and gears are the best, set wide ample power through the rev

Fifth and sixth are overdrive and unless you’re revving it’s not going to give you roll-on acceleration, so it’s to wind fourth out before up. When it’s time for long miles on cruise though, you’ll be grateful for the of the overdrives and the wear and tear save in the long run.

As the along the Bohemian Hwy. into Occidental increased, so did for the Voyager’s brakes to shine. with Kawasaki’s Advanced Braking Technology (K-ACT), brakes are mandatory when it time to stop an 886-lb The system works in conjunction the ABS that is available as an option on the

It uses pressure and speed that send info to the ECU which controls the motor-driven pumps so they deliver the amount of pressure to the brake So when you give the front lever a good squeeze, the will concurrently activate the hand front caliper on the brake. Depressing the back likewise engages calipers on the 4-piston set-up up front.

The system does not engage braking below 12 mph, and ABS at 4 mph. It took hard to get the ABS system to engage, recognizable by a pulse at the

I love spring. Not are the flowers bloom, but it’s when I get to sample the newest like Kawasaki’s 2009 of Vulcan 1700 Cruisers.

lever and pedal. The system keeping the bike upright and end dive is less noticeable on other big motorcycles.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom
Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager Custom

The suspension is for touring. It starts with a Showa hydraulic fork, 2mm than the other Vulcan in order to support the fairing. adjustable rear shocks air-assisted (0-43 psi) rebound damping do the road-smoothing on the back.

The default settings are at the position and are for a rider in the 150 lb range, so you’re a flyweight, a click or two of is in order.

Kawasaki did an excellent job of the bike with plenty of vibes felt in the saddle. I the feel and the sound of the ride. But the fairing on the Voyager I rode had a rattle at 2200-2300 rpm.

At I thought it was the windscreen, but I grabbed it while riding and the rattle It sounded like the housing for the that fit inside the fairing to be bolted down tighter.

Cruise control comes on the 2009 Vulcan Voyager. The is well-located and it is easy to operate.

The of the frame-mounted front fairing is one of my parts of the motorcycle, though. isn’t a surprise since the shapes of the headlights and the lines of the itself borrow from muscle cars of the 1960s. but edgy.

The muscle car influence over to the intuitively designed The dial gauges, speedo, and digital display sit in an automotive-style board and are easy to see. The LCD is by switches on the right handlebar and a gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip remaining range and average consumption. And while the analog are easily visible, the small indicator is challenging to locate at

The front fairing and wind did provide plenty of protection

Auxiliary controls are housed on the handlebar while cruise is on the right. The top volume button is to reach with the throttle but it’s a stretch to the next two I had no problems operating the cruise with my right hand, The Voyager has an integrated audio that can be upgraded with rear speakers.

It has plug-ins to the wiring harness for an iPod, intercom, dual rear XM radio and a CB, but they are all offered as

The top case of the 2009 Voyager a claimed 13.2-gallons and passed the two test.

Touring amenities include saddlebags and a top case. The lockable, top-opening saddlebags have a storage capacity while the top has 13.2 gallons of storage and easily holds two full-face The bags and cases can be left and accessed without the key, a big over Kawi’s last that mandated the removal of the key time a rider needed to get the bags.

The latches on the saddlebags are a touchy and require a firm to snap into place. fairing leg shields add more comfort and have fresh air that are individually adjustable. floorboards suit the motorcycle’s touring styling but drag when you’ve got a chassis is as rider-friendly as the Voyager’s.

One factor to garner attention to the 2009 Kawasaki  Voyager is its $16,799 MSRP. Two choices, Candy Plasma Blue/Metallic Black or Metallic Titanium/Metallic Black, are your current The Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS stickers for $17,899, and after the ride with and without the spending the extra dough is the sense of security.

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


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