2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Review — Riding Impressions of the…

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Kawi’s Big Bore Touring Takes on the World

From Electra Glide Classic and C109RT to Yamaha’s Stratoliner and Victory’s Vision Tour. a solid variety of big-bore cruisers out there for riders for a laid back long bike.

How does the Kawasaki 1700 Voyager ABS stand out in the Read on to find out.

The Bells, Whistles, and Bags

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 (priced at $17,299 and $18,399 ABS) is a heavyset touring intent on getting its riders point A to point B in optimum with a dash of retro Unlike the pushrod-actuated Vulcan engine, the Voyager’s liquid-cooled, 1,700cc engine utilizes overhead cams (like the 900) for quicker revving and mid-to-high range power. is claimed to be 108 ft-lbs at 2,750

The single-pin powerplant is mated to a transmission, with belt drive.

The ABS model utilizes the setup as the Concours 14, though the operates in only one mode. or without ABS, the bike is with 4-piston dual front brakes. and 2-piston units. The 45mm fork 5.5 inches of travel, and the rear uses an air adjustable preload and rebound settings to adjust for and handling characteristics.

Mechanical aside, the soul of any touring are its luggage amenities and creature and the Vulcan 1700 Voyager has in spades. Top-loading side offer 10 gallons of volume and a lockable 13.2 gallon top is roomy enough for two full-face while also serving as a backrest. Two small storage can be found up front, and an available jack fits within the cubby.

The cockpit is framed by a tall and features a 2-speaker audio system that’s XM and CB compatible, iPod controls on the left and cruise control on the right .

a Leg Over: Large and in Charge

A of the Voyager’s cockpit.

Photo © Wasef


Climb aboard the 1700 Voyager and push off the stand, and you’ll immediately some significant heft; at under 900 pounds, this is one heavy bike. But crank up the big and punch the transmission into and this bike’s heft as quickly as its retro style spins. In fact, once at the Voyager turns surprisingly though that easy also makes it feel vulnerable to crosswinds.

During canyon rides Angeles National Forest, the was capable of reasonable lean for a bike of its size, though is required when attacking roads; despite its frame-mounted that reduces weight on the forks, this is still heavy bike that change direction too eagerly.

The exhaust note has a loud-ish, quality (though it’s an entirely different beast in to Harley’s famous potato-potato and decent acceleration can be produced the V-twin is pushed closer its 6,000 rpm redline. Though the has a fairly clunky shift typical for bikes in this fifth and sixth gears are overdrive ratios, allowing for cruising at low engine rpms. K-ACT system works allowing a small amount of before ABS intervenes and brings the to a halt.

The array of buttons on the grip may seem overwhelming to riders, and it takes some to remember the unusually placed button. But the Voyager’s long amenities are many, including a saddle. spacious floorboards. ride quality, and a windscreen offers solid protection. quality from the 2-speaker may not be audiophile quality, but there’s no lack of wattage at interstate

Improvements to the 2010 model better exhaust pipe and radiator ducting in order to the rider from engine though some warmth is perceptible on warm days. At leg shields can be opened or closed to varying levels of venting to the leg

The Bottom Line: Know Apples and Oranges

The 2010 Vulcan 1700 Voyager is at $17,299, and $18,399 with

Photo © Basem Wasef

It may less charisma than a equipped Hog, but the Kawasaki 1700 Voyager does it intends to do rather well, a comfortable and capable touring with plenty of amenities. The sum of its especially the distinction of its torquey that happens to produce an exhaust note— the Voyager to offer incrementally more than its smaller stablemates in the 900 family .

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

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