2014 Kawasaki Voyager 1700 ABS Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2014 Kawasaki Voyager ABS Comparison

The Vulcan Voyager has car looks, but does it pack a like the vehicles it’s after? Find out how it fared its Harley and Victory competitors in our Kawasaki Voyager 1700 ABS video.

The 2014 Kawasaki Voyager 1700 ABS enters our Tourer fracas with the attractive price point at The Voyager in its current 1700cc form debuted in 2009, but the name has been around a time as the Inline-Six, KZ1300 launched in 1983.

The modern comes with an attractive of rider aids and electronics Kawasaki’s K-ACT II integrated system with ABS, Air Management System, cruise and a 52-degree V-Twin with a 104mm …. It’s hot rod frame-mounted front fairing it a signature look while a crankshaft and a bass-filled rumble from its exhaust give it a bit of hot rod to match.

Hopping onto the its tank feels wide but is the smallest of the bunch at 5.3 gallons. Of the bikes, the Voyager was the first in need of a pit stop because of fuel cell which is small for a touring machine. The by which the motorcycle needs gas is exacerbated by an obnoxious green in the range readout that flashing “Fuel, Fuel, when the bike approaches 30 miles-till-empty.

The rider’s triangle is compact compared to the Harley and and riders sit higher in its saddle. The floorboards are the smallest of the bunch, riders into one position there’s less room to their weight around riding. The seat is well-padded at but the fixed riding position and a of lumbar support eventually on you during long hauls.

At 28.7-inches, the seat height comparatively tall, with rider Jason Abbott it gave him the sense of riding on top of the instead of in. The stock gear is up high, and it’s a long of the toes to shift gears at

At the heart of Kawasaki’s big touring is a 1700cc liquid-cooled V-Twin. The powerplant utilizes an eight-valve and a single overhead cam to provide its nature. The bulk of its torque on below 3000 rpm and initial is pleasingly aggressive. At idle, got the proper proportion of single-pin vibrations, enough to let you know definitely on a V-Twin.

Get it into the of its powerband and the deep-seated rumble your chest cavity. But gears top out around 4300 rpm as its isn’t overly wide so you squeeze as much out of it as you can the mills of the and Victory. Power has a tendency to off on the top end as useful output drops and noise increases.

“I mixed feelings on the motor. low and into the mid it has the power, torque and note you want but once you get the top it falls off. I know bikes aren’t made for top end but the feels a little on the de-tuned up top,” agreed test Jason Abbott.

Handling on the 2014 Voyager ABS is a mixed bag as well. In sweepers and turns, the motorcycle stays but turns-in a bit heavy. Steering a little push at the bar, the bulky front tire the tallest sidewall in the test is a bit to handle than the others.

At it’s also got the laziest For a bike with a

The 2014 Vulcan Voyager 1700 ABS has its own look thanks to a front with hot rod-inspired styling.

The Voyager 1700 ABS has a liquid-cooled, V-Twin with a 102 X 104mm

Big numbers and easy-to-read gauges the cockpit of the Voyager 1700 The instrument panel lights up at night and generally looks

curb weight just 900 pounds though, it’s at low speeds. However, the parallel of LA’s 405 freeway exposed a to the front end at speed. The way the Voyager reminds us of the Ultra Classic Harley updated the chassis in in the sense that it translates the front tire rolls to the rider through the bars.

The of a front end that’s floating prevents riders from full confidence in it on uneven We believe stiffening up the fork give the front end better control.

Contrarily, the Voyager’s system instills plenty of Braking power is smooth and thanks to Kawasaki’s K-ACT II braking system. Grab a of the front brake and the four-piston put a strong bite on dual discs.

Squeeze it hard and the integrated activates the right front on the rear brake as well. The has pressure sensors at each cylinder detecting braking while the ECU is busy measuring The ECU calculates the optimal braking needed and pumps brake to the front right caliper and caliper accordingly.

This when only a handful of brake is needed because automatically get an assist from the front caliper on the rear as well. The ABS and K-ACT II is dialed so not overly intrusive. The K-ACT engage at speeds below 12 mph the ABS shuts off at speeds below 4 There’s a noticeable pulse in the of your foot when the ABS but it isn’t overbearing.

However, we did quite a bit of fork dive on the end under moderate to heavy

While the Voyager’s front end may its shortcomings, dual rear provide a firm foundation for the The rear suspension is firm only 3.1-inches of travel but quality is comfortable. The system has settings for rebound damping and preload is air adjustable. Banging gears, the six-speed transmission is and louder than the Harley and on par with the Victory.

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The transmission did out of gear a couple of times we thought we had a solid shift. The at the shift lever because of its didn’t help the situation.

The Voyager received the Kawasaki Air System (KAMS) in 2012. The big powerplant has a reputation for running so improving rider and passenger was high on the priority list. The sources an auxiliary fan and ducts to heat from the radiator, cylinder and exhaust pipe and away from the rider.

Big are located on both sides of the while the lower leg fairings vents riders can crack helps put cool air on the cylinder too. Temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s our testing meant engine wasn’t a factor as we can’t one instance where the radiator fan on the engine came on during our

In the looks department, the styling by the front fairing carries to the dash with its “American vibe. A multi-function LCD is squeezed in an analog speedo and tach, the attractive, functional and less than its competitors. Numbers in the are big and easy to read while the indicator running up the left of the digital display is a helpful

The display lights up great at as a clear light illuminates the The Voyager is equipped with audio system and has an iPod in the left glove box and XM radio Audio controls reside on the handlebar but they’re stacked deep, turn signals at the top by volume, tuner, and SQ all on one housing. a lot of range for one thumb with so decisions controlled by a rider’s hand.

The LCD in the center of the instrument console is by switches on right handlebar and a gear indicator, clock, dual trip meters, range and average fuel Cruise control is also on the right handlebar, the system of being activated in third and above at speeds between 30 and 85

“Bar controls worked felt solid and looked but didn’t seem to have as control options. Not having grips or seat was big negative the temps were low, like you would want things on a long haul said Abbott about the instrumentation.

The Voyager does Navigation Audio Prompt which plays voice from a Garmin zumo GPS device through the Voyager’s system or accessory Kawasaki but both the Garmin and headsets to be purchased separately. Kawasaki’s does have two-speakers into the front fairing, but get its big barking at speed and it’s for the system to compete with the note.

Compared to the four-speaker on the other two bikes, its audio comes up short. The tourer’s capacity is comparable thanks to hard saddlebags with 10 of storage each and a 13.2 lockable topcase, but latches and on the topcase are flimsy in comparison and its aren’t as wide as its competitors.

The Voyager 1700 ABS has the tallest of the bunch and it provides a solid against wind. As Abbott it doesn’t come with the of heated grips, standard on the other two V-Twin tourers. For the Voyager comes with floorboards and its seat has armrests wrap around nicely the Harley’s, but the padding doesn’t down as far so there’s no lumbar

The Victory goes even when it comes to spoiling with adjustable floorboards and own controls for the heated seat.

The 1700 Voyager 1700 ABS has of admirable features including brakes, unique muscle car and a punchy engine. As Abbott “Overall the Kawasaki has a really look, it has a good combo of chrome and paint.” But the way the front end grooves in the road to the rider, shorter powerband, louder-shifting and fit and finish that isn’t on par the other two relegates it to third in our 2014 V-Twin Tourer

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