2010 Kawasaki Voyager 1700

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Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

2010 Kawasaki Voyager

Story by Neale Bayly. by Adam Campbell.

Riveted in the breathing slowly, and trying to the intensity of Mother Nature’s while buzzing on my man-made steed, I have attained my own nirvana. Rolling out of Lone California, as the sun lights the gleaming snow on Mount Whitney two above us, I’ve found it. found the perfect speed and attitude to fully appreciate the new Kawasaki Voyager as we head through the majestic Owens

Having ridden for the past of days from Irvine, to the Alabama hills, and then Death Valley with and video in mind, in this I find the big Kawasaki touring sweet spot. With the whe work all done, this is a pleasure cruise, and rumbling the picturesque highway I don’t it to end.

With the tachometer right around twenty hundred rpm, and the speedometer somewhere between 67-71mph, the is barely cracked. I’m  comfortably in the broad, sculptured saddle, the simply purrs, and the full fairing is deflecting the cool air as we effortlessly down the two-lane It’s like being on a conveyor belt with gentle vibration and a light programmed in for physical stimulation, the rest of the sensory department stunning, postcard-perfect mountain to enjoy.

To my right, the Alabama provide a golden base for the mountains of the Sierra Crest, as blue dry-salt lakes brightly to my left. Low flat rolls up to a softer mountain that pushes up into the sky, and the air at this altitude is and energizing. Turning on the sound I decide to over-stimulate my highly grey matter with a music from my iPod.

I missed the press intro for the Voyager 1700 when it was in 2009, so while the new 2010 is the same machine with minor revisions, it’s new to me. the venerable Vulcan 1600 an improved 1700cc power the new 52-degree V-twin now kicks out 108 of torque at 2750 rpm, is about a 15% increase. It’s making 20% more horsepower and peaks at 5,000rpm, with the rev kicking in a thousand rpm beyond

Compression ratio for the large pistons is 9.5:1 and they run in a …. These figures are a different to the other models this platform;  the is the mildest of the bunch.

A single camshaft opens and closes valves per cylinder, while two throttle bodies feed and air into the big cylinders at the bidding of the fuel injection system. An valve provides the perfect by reading throttle position, and the air pressure and temperature. All this to provide near perfect anywhere from idle to red but there were a couple of when the system felt it was not performing as it should.

Coming off a straight road where I had running on a constant throttle, the had a minor coughing fit when I got on the throttle after a stop sign. But happened after filling the gas in Death Valley, and I can’t say it a case of bad fuel because it happened that noticeably on the one At other times it felt we experienced a brief lean which could have the wind pushing the big rig around.

For the rest of the time it performed and when in its sweet spot the is as good as it gets on two wheels.

goes to the rear wheel via a transmission and belt drive. The is more efficient than the old drive system Kawasaki to be fond off, and the two highest are overdriven. This makes for a relaxed ride at highway Realizing this corresponds to the peak torque output why rolling down the road 70mph is so effortless.

The engine twin counter balancers, so the from the single-pin crankshaft is until the engine starts the red line. Then it starts to let you it’s there.

Acceleration on the big is measured and predictable, and the bike better to planned inputs overtaking. Visually, the big V-twin is a real looker. Masquerading as an lump, it is liquid cooled finned cylinders and nice accents on the cam covers and lower end of the

The rest of the engine parts a matte black finish, really helps make the parts stand out.

the big motor in place is a double-cradle frame with a box-section, backbone. A beefy looking hydraulic fork lives up and provides 5.5 inches of travel. It a sixteen-inch front wheel a 130/90 series tire.

Braking duties are taken of by a pair of 300mm rotors by four piston calipers. The of the Voyager you see here in these comes with ABS, is an $1100 option at time of

The Voyager is fitted with Kawasaki calls “K-ACT”, a braking system that is used on the Concours 1400. the rear brake pedal one of the front discs, while the front brake lever both the front discs in a manner. Pressure sensors on the cylinders read the bikes’ and make necessary adjustments to the brake bias accordingly.

The is disabled at speeds under 12 and the ABS cuts off at 4 mph. This U-turns a lot easier when you to rely solely on the rear to make the maneuver. Having the system on a skid pad while the Concours, I consider it a fabulous feature that, hopefully, never need.

Air assisted are used in the rear, and a 170/70 tire wraps around sixteen-inch rim. The shocks are for rebound damping and provide a compliant ride. The front is typically cruiser soft, so a good job the brakes don’t it any harder.

Still, during my on the big cruiser we got to experience a wide road surfaces and I have no about the way the suspension dealt them.

Start pushing the on a twisty road and its 886-pound makes itself felt, but is super light and responsive to the comfortable, wide bars at speeds. Besides, hustling canyon roads is not what motorcycle is about. The 5.3 gallon gives you close to a 200 mile before looking for fuel, and the on-board computer tells you how miles you have left fill up time.

Sitting comfortably in the pilots the initial view inside the is pure old school. Good-sized analog dials rimmed chrome rings read and road speed, while a larger multi-function LCD display in the gives a plethora of information to the savvy traveler on course. a gear position indicator, fuel range and average consumption indicators (over for my bike during the trip) and trip meters, and odometer, you are not to be short of information on the Voyager.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

is also a traditional fuel to the left of the speedometer and a temperature to the right of the tachometer. Over on the handlebar is the switch for the cruise There are no surprises with the way works, and touching either puts you instantly back in of the throttle.

The old-fashioned looking not only pulls in FM and AM signals, it Satellite radio, an iPod and the CB radio. This is a neat that is apparently making a and by simply installing a headset by Kawasaki before we left we were easily able to with each other as we

It’s a simple system cuts out the music when starts speaking, and will be a asset to those traveling their fellow Voyager or those wanting to communicate truckers and other CB users. We had a lot of fun the system and the headphones gave in-helmet sound when to the radio or my iPod.

The sound system also you to listen to music through the speakers located in the fairing, and didn’t quite offer the quality of sound. Not that it was the headphones just do a better

The sound system can be operated buttons on the radio, or by a series of on the left handlebar. These are a tad at first, but some familiarization hitting the road makes a lot easier to use. There are a lot of available and you don’t want to be them on the move.

You can listen to even when off the bike by the ignition switch collar to the position. This is a nice when you are pulled over the view and want a little to enhance your experience.

For the rider the full fairing has a windshield and plenty of protection. mounted, the fairing provides stability in high winds if it were mounted to the handlebars. also helps contribute to the steering.

The leg shields have vents to allow you to control and the bike has better heat for the rider than the ’09, to Kawasaki. Luggage capacity is and the large trunk can take two helmets, or 13.2 gallons of else you customarily take on There is an additional 20 gallons of space available between the two cases, and these have a easy top opening system — like the trunk — is fully

The Kawasaki Voyager is traditionally and the bike exudes quality deep,  lustrous paint and chrome. It’s available in a of Metallic Diablo Black and Imperial Red, or Metallic Sapphire Blue and Metallic Gray. The price for the non-ABS is $17,299, and with ABS it’ll run you

It comes with Kawasaki’s 36-month warranty and is available at now.

Kawasaki has done a job with the Voyager if you are looking for a in the heavy-duty touring category.  It is competitively, with a number of upgrades from last model based on customer It is also sophisticated, with conveniences and safety features.

But a truck load of looks and it is still capable of giving the visceral experience long-distance riders are looking for.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager


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