2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Review —

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Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic Light Tourer

Anti-heat upgrades add appeal to an bagger

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The market continues to feel the ill of a depressing recession, but one of the few brightish is the touring-cruiser segment. Well-heeled are able to satisfy their of hitting the open road, of them choosing among models in Harley-Davidson ’s catalog, as as Victory ’s well-received Cross and Cross Roads.

Somewhat in the luxury T-C niche is Kawasaki ’s Debuting in 2009 alongside the 1700 it is based on, the Voyager is a in the mold of a Harley Electra or Road Glide. The formula is a V-Twin stuck in a cruiser and fitted with a half plush seats and several and convenience items.


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When one of Harley-Davidson, they normally think of racing success. is unless they know dirt-track competition – a uniquely form of racing on dirt that Harley has dominated forever.

So it was fitting that –purveyor of the Harley-inspired Voyager – us to attend the first AMA Grand dirt-track held at the historic Speedway since 1999, so we into the standing-room-only crowd in of the half-mile dirt oval in the Napa County Fairgrounds.

I been to countless national and road races, but this be my first chance to see top-rank racing in person. It took seconds to realize the advantages of able to see 100% of the track. The of speed and the bar-banging action on was enthralling.

It all plays out right in front of like an action-packed hockey

As per usual, the Grand National of twin-cylinder bikes was dominated by The lead was contested by a five-rider with 20-year-old (and GP Steve Bonsey taking the Grand National victory of his career over veterans Halbert and Chris Carr.

But back in 13th place was a you might not expect: a Kawasaki 650.

The brainchild of perhaps most legendary tuners, Werner, the Ninja is ridden by Smith, a veteran 27-year-old who for the Werner-Springsteen Racing team. brings 13 national championships to the three of them with Jay the former dirt star who now the Kawi dirt-track team his old tuner.

Unfortunately for our hosts, was a weekend to forget, as Smith have the setup to run at the pointy end of the on the half-mile circuit. However, the combo made history the dirt-modded Ninja (punched out to took the win at the Indy Mile in of a MotoGP-fueled crowd. Smith up with another win, time at the famous Springfield

The Werner/Springsteen/Smith squad ended the ranked seventh in the standings as worked out the kinks of their dirt-tracker.

“Every time out we more about the bike, and me,” Werner told us “We’ve just scratched the and we will get better, hoping to a run at the overall championship.”

Smith will again up with Werner next with another evolution of the Ninja. Keep an eye out for a Kawasaki another roaring Grand field in 2011!

So, on a bright morning, we loaded up a Voyager for our south. This kind of is designed to carry two people in so my wife, Carolyn, came to test the pillion accommodations. riders will know the addition of a female to a trip can tax a storage capacity, but the Voyager up all we had.

The attractive saddlebags are large at 38 liters each, but the 50-liter top box that really the Voyager’s luggage capacity by items of nearly any size, two full-face helmets when not with clothes and makeup and irons. A highly visible LED spans the rear width of the and augments the V-shaped LED taillight.

The box also incorporates a plush and minimal armrests for a passenger, comfort and security. A broad and pillion seat will your significant other during long stints, by floorboards that allow a of knee bends.

The Voyager’s seat is at least as pleasing. placed at a fairly low 28.7 (0.4 inch lower its H-D rivals) despite being padded, and it delivers a neutral triangle with a comfortable bar and roomy floorboards that fit of all sizes.

Laid out in front of a is an eye-catching instrument panel vintage-look gauges, including a tach and speedo in a retro design bookended by smaller gauges for fuel and coolant A central LCD panel displays about average fuel range to empty, clock and a indicator. At the bottom of the dashboard is the for the audio menus that readouts for iPod docking.

A glovebox on either side of the provide stowage for small the left one can be wired for an MP3 player The right side of the inner is equipped with a 12-volt Our bikes were fitted a pair of 12V plugs for the passenger’s requirements.

Approaching the Voyager, no getting around its imposing Its nose is distinctive and classy, a single headlight framed by a of standard driving lights. classy is our tester’s two-tone scheme (a $1000 option on an Glide and unavailable on a Road Ultra) with a sparkling blue over a tasteful

The engine is nicely finished polished and contoured cylinder and chrome valve covers, guards, primary-drive cover and surround.

Like all big baggers, it quite a heft to bring the off its sidestand; a slightly longer would lessen the amount of it takes to pull the bike It feels well balanced at a

However, the big tourer reveals its during low-speed maneuvers. It awkward at sub-5-mph speeds, due to its wide and tall bias-ply front tire that rubbery front-end feedback. vague front-end feel makes a rider unsure of way the bike will lean coming to a stop.

I didn’t require the tip-over provided by crash bars at the and around the saddlebags, but the Voyager a couple of tense moments at low If the bike were mine, I’d be to ditch the Bridgestone Excedras and fit a set of with a lower-profile front

The Voyager’s turn-in behavior is at higher speeds. It steers than something this big has a to, making it feel light on its for a large girl. Credit a 30-degree rake angle and a 170/70-16 rear tire, a wheelbase 2 inches longer a Harley bagger.

When time to gain speed, the 1700cc motor pumps out the of grunt expected from a big Although it’s not the class of the its 66 hp and 86.3 ft-lb of torque measured on a Vulcan 1700) the Harley Twin Cam 96 by nearly Clutch pull is fairly and short gearing in the first two make for spritely acceleration a stop.

The Vulcan engine a pleasantly loud, burly both from its intake and its exhaust. Vibration is nicely by dual counterbalancers in normal but a rider can feel big pistons below when it’s up and revved out. An overdriven gear is very tall, the loping along at just rpm when cruising at 60 mph.

response below 65 mph is from gear, which is also an ratio. Switching gears is smooth for a rig in this class, and its shifter allows a simple when quick upshifts are

The Voyager is a regal place to be out on the open road. The upper and lowers provide plenty of from the elements, even our bike’s 4-inch-lower accessory I was pleasantly surprised to find I still ride with my open.

No earplugs needed, Leg vents can be adjusted from closed to wide open four positions.

Some Voyager owners complained of heat coming off the engine in hot so Kawasaki installed a new heat-deflecting to route hot air away from the It proves to be marginally effective, but a still gets soaked engine heat when the threatens to hit triple digits.

composure is where the Voyager A beefy 45mm fork a great job at smoothing out road while a pair of air-adjustable with 4-position rebound provides stability and comfort.

And you’re not bothered by bumps in the (unless leaned over in a you’ll have time to a powerful stereo system. the stereos in our recent Bagger the Voyager needs only its volume capability to be heard by the rider at highway speeds to a powerful amplifier. However, passenger won’t enjoy the tones coming from the speakers, so we recommend the accessory speaker kit if he/she is an audiophile.

controls reside on the left and the iPod-compatible functions can be seen on the screen.

Standard cruise with buttons on the right-side helps thwart rider Self-canceling turnsignals are another feature. We also enjoyed the to remove the key from the ignition startup, putting it securely in our until the next ride.

Our Voyager was equipped with the net that is antilock brakes. an $1100 option that 4-piston calipers up front than the 2-piston clampers on the V17s, and the Tokicos offer a brake lever. Rear is made simple by a large pedal that’s easy to on.

ABS intrusion is partially mitigated by it disengaging below 4 mph.

But the ABS has another trick up its sleeve K-ACT. Pressure sensors at master cylinder detect the of braking based on the bike’s then uses a motor-driven to vary the amount of pressure to the front-right caliper and/or caliper as necessary. Its intervention is transparent – aided by the linking being disengaged below 12 mph – it a worthy feature on a touring like this.

Aside the Voyager’s awkward handling at there’s not much to whine Sure, its 5.3-gallon fuel is a bit on the small side, but it’s good enough for 200-plus per tank at its 40 mpg consumption we regularly

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