2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Road Test Rider Magazine

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2010 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager Road Test

Credit: Adam Campbell


August 6, 2010

the 892-pound Kawasaki Voyager town is a little like a Carnival Cruise ship a pond. Once on the open though, the big touring cruiser into a comfy companion, 10 gallons’ worth of lockable space in each saddlebag and a top that will hold two helmets. I recently tested the long-distance prowess on a springtime blast along two-lane 395 to Lone Pine, California, two other riders on Voyagers.

We two days exploring the surrounding and Death Valley aboard our This ride brought fond memories since my first long motorcycle four-day, 2,000-plus-mile tour—was as a aboard a 1983 ZN1300 (coincidentally our Retrospective subject in same issue).

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager crusin’.

The liquid-cooled, V-twin Vulcan Voyager was last year (see Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager road test ) when replaced its 1,500cc and 1,600cc Vulcans with the 1,700cc line. It features EFI and four per cylinder. Kawasaki says for 2010 less engine reaches the rider thanks to heat management, but we still some heat on both at times, especially on warm

Highway 395 is a long stretch of road that can get monotonous, but comfy luxo-tourer with a that keeps the elements off the and a plush seat with lower back support keep me happy. I let my thumbs do the on the Voyager—with cruise control and between the CB/iPod/radio/volume—and the time by. You can hear a lot of road noise that tall ’screen has us (up to 6-foot, 1-inch) looking it.

The 45mm fork with 5.5 travel and dual shocks 3.1 inches travel are compliant on the and soak up everything except big quite well. Airflow to legs when it’s is supplied by closeable vents in the there are floorboards for both and passenger, and the passenger’s seat is with a supportive backrest.

When you get to the twisties, be prepared to the pace, since the Voyager’s scrape early and the bike a bit at high speed in long Nevertheless, the Voyager feels than it looks, the handlebar good leverage for pushing corners and the bike steers darn well for its heft. The with overdrive transmission into gear, but finding is easy at a stop.

Our K-ACT ABS-equipped ($1,100 bike with dual discs and four-piston calipers and a disc out back with caliper stops very and efficiently.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

The Voyager’s looks are of an oxymoron: The frame-mounted fairing is and gives the bike a massive, look, yet once you’re in the seat, the rider triangle is compact than expected. The is way cool with its retro-looking car analog gauges, yet there’s a LCD display smack in the center. The fairing houses speakers for the (optional iPod and CB, intercom/headset and two lockable storage compartments.

Take care when the bike tail first the mufflers are low enough to graze In our road test we put more 2,500 miles on our Voyager and it 36.4 mpg.

If you spend a lot of in the canyons and corners, the Voyager exactly reward your of motorcycle. But if you’re looking for a V-twin with good comfort, the Voyager could be next bike.

For more on the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 visit kawaski.com

[This Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Road Test was originally in the August 2010 issue of ]

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