2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Review

For those who hear the call of the open road, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager ® ® meets this desire to travel - and then some. Complete with all the supplies needed to maintain full-color driver and passengers comfortable on long trips, and are equipped with a powerful engine that helps you eat the miles, the Voyager offers an unforgettable experience in a classic style. And with his style muscle car inspired by the striking curves Voyager if your destination is across the country or across town.

Voyager has everything you need for hiking adventurous: a smooth and torquey 1700 cc V-twin, large frame-mounted fairing, luggage beautifully built, fits a week of gear, a comfortable seat, cruise Electronic speed, high-fidelity sound system option anti-lock/integrated K-ACT braking system and the kind of insight design and reliability of Kawasaki is known for.

All V-Twins at the time of the motor thermal challenges, especially in full dress models with foot plates, because the rear of the cylinder and the exhaust pipe is almost directly to the pilot. Kawasaki is the first manufacturer to provide, as standard, designed for efficient air management system, which helps to increase rider comfort stop.

The main part of Kawasaki Air Management System (Ham) radiator heating routes to the ground under the engine, while the secondary part of the system pulls heat away from the rear cylinder pipe and exhaust and directs it to the ground on the side left of the bike. This system is particularly effective in hot weather stopped in traffic or for prolonged periods of low speed, as the relay for group rides or parades.

Although a non-ABS model available is the 1700 Voyager transmission / braking technology improved with the addition of the second generation of Advanced Technology brake Coactive Kawasaki (K-ACT) system. Available on the ABS equipped Voyager, K-ACT uses advanced electronics to translate the driver's brake inputs to both the lever and the pedal to the rear for smooth, balanced and deceleration maximum braking power. Basically, the front handle also activates the rear brake pedal and the rear also engages the front right caliper: K-ACT ensures that all of this happens seamlessly and efficiently, and second-generation system using the same small , lighter ABS unit and faster, higher-spec brake ECU found on Kawasaki Concours ™ 14 ABS Motorcycle for operation even smoother and more accurate. K-ACT coactive function does not engage when braking is used at speeds below 12 km / h, and the ABS function is automatically disengaged at speeds below 4 km / h.

Much more is facing a unique technology, such as the fully electronic throttle Kawasaki, acting in concert with Voyager, the electronic fuel injection (EFI) system, which improves engine response without dulling very distinctive throb Vee . The system also helps the unit to produce high-precision air / fuel measurement and more accurate speed control to a minimum. Setup, use the throttle position sensor (APS) and the throttle position sensor (TPS) that feed the ECU data, which adjusts the gas plate flow air intake adjusted accordingly. The system offers a natural feel of the throttle, as the APS is active, the throttle body pulley connected by cables and throttle.

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
The CC 1700-52 degree V-twin of all this technology is designed to cool the substrate is an engineering marvel and is functionally capable as they come. With liquid cooling, four valves per cylinder head and camshaft in a unique configuration for the big time in mid-range power, the engine uses a pair of large pistons to pump a lot of torque in a speed range incredibly wide - a key to the flexibility of this great engine. A load of the substance within the area of ​​the towers where riders spend most of the time - and more than enough all the way from idle to 5,000 rpm, the big leagues, the correction of thrust available when turning the grip.

Fuel injection Voyager and exhaust systems are tuned for maximum torque and power at a speed slightly higher than conventional models that are optimal for a torpedo-road. Silent Voyager has excellent sound quality and a tapered, classic look. Additional features tours provided by the Voyager is strong, but easy to squeeze the clutch, which contains six damping springs and progressive engagement in three easy steps to change under hard acceleration.

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

The Voyager's innovative technology is consistent with the essential features, including electronic cruise control road and six-speed transmission with overdrive gears fifth and sixth. The cruise control is conveniently controlled from the handlebar and can be activated between 30 and 85 mph in the last four reports. Ideally, the cruise control can be disabled by pressing the brake lever, clutch, rear brake pedal, or manually by turning the throttle.

Ratios with overdrive and super strong carbon reinforced drive belt, the transmission of Voyager adapted to its role as a relaxed mile-eater. Its high gear fifth and sixth contribute to a relaxed driving and better fuel economy at highway speeds, and drive belt reinforced carbon has a tensile strength 40 percent higher than the units Newest Kevlar, which allows the use of a design that minimizes the width 28mm transmission.

Need for long-distance tourer than wind and weather protection, and Voyager packs a lot in the form of his large frame mounted on the windshield and equalization, as well as leg guards, including the effective ventilation to keep the engine heat away from the rider's feet are going slower. Installation of this windshield frame beautifully crafted to transfer the vibrations of the wind and spins the handlebars, reducing rider fatigue on long trips.

Elegant and full integration into the bag is part of the Voyager. Closed, locked and a top-opening side cases, a 10-gallon (38L), a partner in the volume of solid, 13.2 liters (50L) lockable trunk tail, which is large enough to swallow two large full-face helmets. Also, lots of storage space, the Voyager also has a couple of storage boxes with lockable front, providing a convenient place to store small items and accessories.

Comfortable seat for the driver and passenger are a must on a touring bike. Voyager offers new Deluxe Tour with seats carved to provide support for all-day tour. Contributions for long-distance passenger safety and relaxation are a luxury and file floor for the driver and passenger.

Built-in instruments and controls mounted on the Voyager radio classic car style dashboard offers exceptional functionality and classic muscle car. The image is reinforced by the classic font used on the large round slices of instrumentation and a radio designed to look like 8-track players of the 1960s.

A multi-function LCD screen mixed with retro analog flag in the center of the instrument console. It is controlled by a switch on the right handlebar and has a speedometer, position, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption.

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

Compatible headset intercom, 40-watt, dual speaker system with audio voice prompts for navigation, three-band (FM / AM / WX) radio that is also compatible with the iPod, XM tuner or CB radio unit. The audio system (and iPod) can be controlled by an integrated controller on the left handlebar. In addition, the volume, the driver can also adjust bass, treble and system levels.

Voyager is also equipped with a water-cooled generator with rare earth magnet, which produces an impressive 46.8 amps of electricity - enough to power add-on navigation systems and other electrical accessories that add to the experience of modern tour. Voyager also has a port of cigarettes handy lighter style on the dashboard and two sockets under the seat - perfect for accessories.

Designers Kawasaki Voyager filled with advanced technologies, without tarnishing his dramatic style and attractive visual appeal. As the panel, the body of the Voyager continues with 60 muscle car inspired curves, muscular lines. Meticulous attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship of the covers body and engine is evident in the profiles that look good from any angle and are pleasant to the touch as they are in sight.

Voyager takes a lot lighter, thanks to the best case the machine, and excellent suspension. Dual air shock offers 3.1 inches of travel rear suspension settings unique features and Voyager. Dampers feature 4-way rebound damping adjustment will help to ensure predictable handling and a comfortable ride.

Offering a stylish alternative to other run-of-the-mill V-twin hikers, Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager combines reliability with the performance, V-twin feel, comfort and convenience of long distance riders tourism demand .

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Features and Benefits

Key Features

• Powerful liquid-cooled 1700 cc V-Twin has high levels of torque

• Six speeds for a more relaxed

• Electronic speed control maintains speed for comfort on long trips

• the chassis fairing offers stylish protection from the wind for the driver and passenger

• The lower fairings looking to add color to the wind to protect your feet

• The color of the trunk game is big enough to hold two helmets

• lock, color matched, hard top opening panniers are large and easy to carry up

• Feature-rich audio system is standard, has AM / FM / WB, and is compatible with iPods and XM Radio

• New for 2012, the ability to navigate the audio system can play the voice navigation Garmin Zumo 600 665 series GPS units or genuine through the audio system or a Kawasaki motorcycle helmet helmet accessories

• New for 2012, Kawasaki Air Management System (Ham) maximizes the comfort of the driver and passengers stopped or at very low speeds in hot weather

• Low 28.7-inch seat height to improve a comfortable driving position

• A compact, ergonomic comfort riser all day

2nd Generation advanced braking technology coercive Kawasaki (K-ACT) ABS

• Voyager ABS models feature the latest version of the fastest Kawasaki K-ACT sophisticated system that allows drivers to make balanced controlled braking. Designed to complement the riders brake inputs, the system distributes the ideal amount of braking pressure to maximize braking performance

• Battery status maintained by the ABS function, reducing the frequency of the signal to save power, if necessary

• For controllability in tight corners and when executing U-turns, the function coactive K-ACT is not involved in braking is initiated at speeds below 12 km / h

• the ABS function is disengaged at speeds below 4 km / h

• Both the ABS and non-ABS models, dual 300 mm front disc brakes, four-piston calipers and two piston rear disc brakes for sure, powerful stops

Powerful V-twin 1700 cc

• Liquid cooling, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection 1700 cc 52-degree V-twin engine

• Long stroke 102 x 104 mm diameter and stroke dimensions help deliver high levels of torque with a distinctive V-twin feel

• Valve system uses available over the cam instead of auction rounds faster and better mid-

• high-rpm power

• Semi-dry sump allows a lower crankshaft placement and a piston stroke without increasing engine height

• A single bolt increases V-twin engine character, providing strong power pulses

• Large capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine

• small diameter iridium plugs penetrate deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially when working with low load

• Dual mufflers, one on each side of the bike, the clearance time for luggage

• The engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the range of 50 to 70 mph

• Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds


• Use a sensor instead of the usual three to reduce the complexity and weight

• The course oriented Voyager utilizes the FI tuned exhaust system and achieve maximum torque and power at a higher rpm than the engines used in standard Vulcan 1700 cruisers

Electronic throttle system

• fully electronic throttle actuation allows the ECU to control the amount of intake air (via throttle angle) and fuel (via fuel injector timing) delivered to the engine

• Optimized fuel injector and when the result of throttle position accuracy, the response of the powerful engine

• Control of fuel injection and air offers an easy cold starts and precise control of motor speed to a minimum

• From the driver's perspective, the ETV works like a standard cable-operated throttle, the throttle is still connected to cables, so it feels like to drive is the same

• Twist the throttle is a pulley on the throttle body that triggers the sensor throttle position (APS) to send a signal to the ECU, which then modulates the throttle valves via a DC motor

• The precise throttle position is transmitted to the ECU of a throttle position sensor (TPS)

• APS and TPS send two signals to the control system redundancy is unlikely failure of the sensor

Cruise Control

• Cruise control can be turned on and set completely right handlebar

• Cruise control can be activated by the third or higher at any speed between 30 mph and 85 mph

• The pressure on the brake lever, clutch or rear brake pedal deactivates the cruise control automatically, manually run the accelerator

Board diagnostic

• Diagnostic system allows self testing of electronic systems for 1700 Vulcan

• Display instrumentation code can be read by the owner through manual accessories

Six-speed gearbox / Final Drive

• Both 5 and 6 Report of the exchange rate is "overdrive", which promotes stress-free driving and fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds

Carbon fiber reinforced • 28 mm belt final drive with a 40 percent increase in tensile strength than current Kevlar belts. This allows the Vulcan 1700 to use a thin belt of only 2 mm larger than the Vulcan 900 units Kevlar

• belt drive system is quiet, efficient, and offers lower maintenance requirements compared to the chain

Light handling chassis

• A handling more compact than its predecessors, the Voyager a shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between the seat and the steering column for improved ergonomics and easier ride

• Designed to be as thin and light as possible, the framework reduces the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require more strength - the down tube joint, engine brackets, side support foot and the rear fender bracket shock / impact

• The compact design affects the handling and facilitates handling at low speeds, especially after the implementation of the State the exact speed of slow movements, such as parking or making U-turns

45 mm telescopic fork

• Provides superb steering feedback

• 5.5-inch travel guide helps a great comfort

Dual adjustable rear shocks Air

• Features adjustable spring preload air to help compensate for variations in passenger and baggage

• 4-way adjustments shock damping to compensate for variations in the pressure of the spring

• Voyager specific parameters are rolling and needs long trip associated with this type of motorcycle

9-spoke wheel Cast

• Allow the use of tubeless tires and complement a muscular style of Voyager

• 170/70 130/90 rear tires and front to provide maximum traction and wear

• The tire choice and suspension settings to extend the platform, "the handling characteristics

Classic V-twin call

• The basic architecture has a significant impact on the appearance V-twin engine

• on top of the line created without the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape, which continues through the wheel

• chrome engine covers have curved upper surfaces profoundly. Its three-dimensional form adds volume and gives a quality appearance

• The edges of the fins receive a special treatment that makes the sun shine NC

• All non-chromed engine parts have a matte black finish that further accentuates the chromed parts


• muscular fascia is reminiscent of classic American cars in its sculpted design, flowing

• Protection of chrome headlights and fog lights contribute to the twin theme of muscle car

• The fuel tank hand-sculpted contours employ constantly varying rays, giving the bike a dynamic flow that is pleasing to both eye and touch

• The lines flowing through the rest of the bike and clean fuel tank contributes to the curvaceous figure of Voyager

• Liberal use of chrome contrasts with the body depth, gloss paint. The engine guards, front and rear accents on the side case and trunk brackets are fully chromed trunk

• Design Scene front fender continues on the rear wing, which has an elegant LED taillight

• Front and rear protection to protect the body of the renewal of motorcycles

• Two 35W fog lights have a dedicated on / off and can be adjusted vertically

• In addition to the light behind the fender, the Voyager also has a large, highly visible LED taillight mounted on the rear frame, which affects its appearance

Classic Retro Dashboard

• The development of tools and large round dials give the Voyager's console a classic elegance of the car, which is reinforced by the font used in the instrumentation

• Even the radio has a classic look, reminiscent of the 1960

• Multi-function LCD display in the center of the instrument console is controlled by a switch on the right handlebar. Features include a speedometer, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel

• The display includes analog speedometer temperature gauge, tachometer and coolant

• Sound system with speakers features radio (FM / AM / WX) twins and compatibility with the optional iPod ®, XM tuner or CB radio units citizen

• Sound system (and iPod) can be operated by switches on the left handlebar

• Power Switch allows the elimination of key ignition, preventing damage to the chrome key around the ignition area during the operation

• Switching the ignition switch in ACC position of the collar allows accessories to be used when the engine is turned off and turn it to "OFF" turns off the engine and requires the return of the key re-


• Large windshield and the fairing to help protect the driver and passenger from wind and elements

• With the front cover mounted on the chassis, all the winds shaking is transferred to the bike instead of handlebars, which helps improve stability and reduce driver fatigue road

• Legs shield has adjustable vents to suit the amount of airflow to the rider's legs


• 13.2 gallons (50L) lockable trunk is large enough to accommodate two helmets

• Upper Secondary cases are sealed and opening can be locked with a volume of 10 gallons (38L) of each

• In the front, lockable glove boxes provide a convenient place to store small items and accessories. IPod connector (optional) is in the glove box to the left


• Ergonomically contoured seat designed for long-haul and an easy race in the soil

• Standing driving position and floors contribute to a comfortable Touring

• The wide passenger seat is complemented by the filling on the trunk that provides back support and arm

• Rear floor contribute to passenger comfort

• Two air-adjustable rear shock absorbers use the optimized settings for the load and comfort over long distances

Long Range

• 5.3-liter fuel tank offers a substantial, helping to minimize fuel stops when the open road