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New Kawasaki 1700 Voyager announced

I owned a Kawasaki 1600 Nomad and loved the quality, rumble, and low cost of maintainance. I just wanted a full touring bike so I bought the K1200LT. This morning Kawasaki announced their return to the full touring market with 2009 Vulcan Voyager.

When you checkout all the features this bike is pretty nice. However, they say they went with a smaller frame which concerns me.

This guy better be 6'5", or this bike looks more cramped than a GL1800. Notice his high knee and forward foot position on the boards. Looks like this bike may have been tested by Asians and not Texans. Their mistake!

I just can't see that guy doing a 600 mile day in that position. Trophy Wife on the back looks good though....



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A good looking bike...thanks for the post. But, I rode behind "cruisers" about half way home from the Blue Ridge Parkway today and I swear, it just about killed me to ride that slow. Honestly, they had traffic backed up.

But, anyway...decent looking bike.

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Nice bike. My last bike was a 2000 Nomad 1500, very good bike but not a good bike for LD riding.

If BMW doesn't revamp the LT soon and make a reliable one, I may give this bike a strong nod here a few years.

Of course, this bike looks like an Ultra ( I'm not a HD fan)

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A good looking bike...thanks for the post. But, I rode behind "cruisers" about half way home from the Blue Ridge Parkway today and I swear, it just about killed me to ride that slow. Honestly, they had traffic backed up.

But, anyway...decent looking bike.
Jack, my wife and I rode many many miles on the Parkway on our Nomad, NEVER held up traffic! Scared a few Deer though

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Re: New Kawasaki 1700 Voyager announced

Why Kawasaki, why? Why did you follow the herd and make a cruiser touring bike? Why couldn't you use that fantastic ZX-14 powerplant?


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I owned a Kawasaki 1600 Nomad and loved the quality, rumble, and low cost of maintainance. I just wanted a full touring bike so I bought the K1200LT. This morning Kawasaki announced their return to the full touring market with 2009 Vulcan Voyager.
I saw this on the AVA forum this mornng. Reaction has been running pretty heavily against the new "Voyager." Having owned a 1987 Voyage for 17 years prior to my LT, I consider this a complete joke by Kawasaki. The have copied exactly what Yamaha did in moving from the real Venture to the new Star Venture which is just a cruiser with fairing, bags and trunk. They both look like H-D wannabees. At least the Yamaha has a 4 cylinder engine!

I'm very glad now that I bought my 07 LT didn't wait for this new Vulcanoyager!!

For a real laugh, read the web site information on this. They actually compare the dash to an 8-track system from the 70s! I could not believe they actually put that in print in public!!

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Judging by the length of his leg from knee to foot he sure does look like a big dood. He is jammed up tight with his arms bent at a pretty extreme angle as well.

... and after about 50 miles in that position I'll bet he'll be gobbling the Ibuprofen.

I just can't get into any bike with.... floor boards.

...and to add insult to injury they have another model named the "Vulcan 1700 Classic LT "


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My BMW dealer also sells kawasaki (Shreveport). I'll take a good look at this bike at my 12K maintenance next spring.

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I have floorboards all around on my '06 LT, after a couple of hundred miles on a friend's '05 with none - I wouldn't ride an LT without them..
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I saw this on the AVA forum this mornng. Reaction has been running pretty heavily against the new "Voyager." Having owned a 1987 Voyage for 17 years prior to my LT, I consider this a complete joke by Kawasaki. The have copied exactly what Yamaha did in moving from the real Venture to the new Star Venture which is just a cruiser with fairing, bags and trunk. They both look like H-D wannabees. At least the Yamaha has a 4 cylinder engine!

I'm very glad now that I bought my 07 LT didn't wait for this new Vulcanoyager!!

For a real laugh, read the web site information on this. They actually compare the dash to an 8-track system from the 70s! I could not believe they actually put that in print in public!!
If I were a die-hard Vulcanite or Voyeur (!), I would be upset too. As I said earlier, I am no HD fan and this bike looks way too much like an HD. It is a Kow and that is good, I'll be watching them over the next year or so.

You will have to admit that the old Voyager was kind of "boxy" and needed to be streamlined. I am glad that they re-introduced the Voyager (I like the new cockpit and ABS breaking and rear light area).

And hey, you can add some farkles to this bike, AND THEY ARE INTERGRATED!!!!

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I agree it looks like a HD a little, but it 's saving grace is... it's NOT a HD. I refuse to buy HD just because everyone and their mom has one. I don't know why that is but the "popularity" among the masses kills it for me. It's not logical, just the way it is for me.

I guess if I HAD to choose something else, I would give this a test ride. It looks pretty nice.
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The most expensive farkle is sitting on the back...

If I had to get a cruiser (which I never will), I'd check this one out.

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I have floorboards all around on my '06 LT, after a couple of hundred miles on a friend's '05 with none - I wouldn't ride an LT without them..
I'm glad you like 'em and to each his own.

I had them on my first LT for a short (1200 mile) ride and they just plain did not work for me - although my wife would probably like them.

I felt totally out of control. In some weird way they made me feel TOO comfortable, and I really disliked having to pull my feet back and then down every time I stopped - they also forced me to splay my legs wider when touching down. In a panic situation there is no doubt in my mind you would not be able to maneuver as quickly as with pegs.

I much prefer the feeling of having my toes perched on the stock pegs, balanced and ready. Must be the old motocrosser in me.

When I'm ready for floorboards I'll buy a trike.


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I have a cruiser and truly enjoy the LT many times more than my Virago.

However, I do like the fact that the new voyager does have ABS and BELT DRIVEN!! No FD to give out on you at a moments notice.

I also thought the 8-track look was funny as well.

Before buying the LT, I tried a Yamaha Venture that has the retro dash with digital needle. That needle was so jumpy that it was hard to determine your mph with any degree of accuracy (speedo accuracy aside). I thought it was silly looking with the retro dash.

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Last week a riding friend came over and said he saw a new Harley on the freeway and took some quick pics of it as he got near to it. I think this is the bike he got the pics of, same front end and rear. He could not get any pics of the complete bike because the riders saw him taking a pic and roared away. The funny thing is that the bike in the pics has Harley emblems on it, so Kawi either did that to confuse people or Harley has a new styled Ultra in the works.

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or Harley has a new styled Ultra in the works.
I hope it includes a WC motor - if so I may not wait for the LT.

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I will be waiting in line to ride this one. Anyone looking for a 2003 LT come spring?
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I will be waiting in line to ride this one. Anyone looking for a 2003 LT come spring?
I would definitely take it over the Victory Vision, especially if Kawasaki prices it lower.

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This video is from Saturday's Kawasaki Dealers Show

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One word - yuk
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No cuddles from the pillion - you seen how far she is from him?
Not important to me as I never ride 2 up. My camera equipment is very quiet back there on the back seat under its bungie net.
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Update: I just read a review from a dealer who was at the show. He loved everything about the bike but noted that his 6'3" friend did not like the riding position and felt very cramped. Looks like us tall riders are going to have to stick with the LT. Stuck with a finely engineered BMW...Things could be worse.

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I owned a Kawasaki 1600 Nomad and loved the quality, rumble, and low cost of maintainance. I just wanted a full touring bike so I bought the K1200LT. This morning Kawasaki announced their return to the full touring market with 2009 Vulcan Voyager.

When you checkout all the features this bike is pretty nice. However, they say they went with a smaller frame which concerns me.

This guy better be 6'5", or this bike looks more cramped than a GL1800. Notice his high knee and forward foot position on the boards. Looks like this bike may have been tested by Asians and not Texans. Their mistake!

I just can't see that guy doing a 600 mile day in that position. Trophy Wife on the back looks good though....



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I think one of the reasons the pic seems to show the "high knee" look is because of the cant of the bike. It's leaned over to the right pretty good; thus his knee 'appears' to be high compared to his hip, etc. She's leaned over good also; as is the handlebar. I'd like to see more of a vertical bike pic tho, just to be sure.

One of the 'features' I like when I see the HD roadbikes and this Kaw, is the rear trunk hinges that allow the lid to be raised from the side and not encroach on the pillion space. Are GWs and LTs unigue in using a front hinge, rather than the side?

When I travel (100% solo), I usually have a captain's luggage piece anchored on the pillion seat, which means I gotta remove it in order to gain access to the trunk. Not a biggie, butt would be nice to not have to.
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I think one of the reasons the pic seems to show the "high knee" look is because of the cant of the bike. It's leaned over to the right pretty good; thus his knee 'appears' to be high compared to his hip, etc. She's leaned over good also; as is the handlebar. I'd like to see more of a vertical bike pic tho, just to be sure.

One of the 'features' I like when I see the HD roadbikes and this Kaw, is the rear trunk hinges that allow the lid to be raised from the side and not encroach on the pillion space. Are GWs and LTs unigue in using a front hinge, rather than the side?

When I travel (100% solo), I usually have a captain's luggage piece anchored on the pillion seat, which means I gotta remove it in order to gain access to the trunk. Not a biggie, butt would be nice to not have to.
I agree about the trunk although in the video it does not look as sturdy as the LT trunk.

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Wow....what a letdown!

After seeing the new Concourse, I had high hopes that Kawasaki would be doing something new and different. I personally see no compelling reason to give that bike a second look.


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Wow....what a letdown!

After seeing the new Concourse, I had high hopes that Kawasaki would be doing something new and different. I personally see no compelling reason to give that bike a second look.
It's all a matter a taste. My partner (who has an R1100RT) is waitinng for them to put cruise control on the Concours and the RT goes on Craig's List that very day. I have ridden both the RT and the Concours and find both of them agonizing to ride.

I've already called the Kawasaki dealer in Longmont and left a message (not open on Monday darn it!) for them to call me as soon as one arrives in the showroom. I had a Vulcan 800 prior to the LT and it was the best bike I ever owned but I traded for the LT because I wanted a radio and a fairing (I have grown fond of the ABS as well). If the Voyager is as a good a bike as the 800 was I may not even wait to put the LT on Craig's List.
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It's all a matter a taste. My partner (who has an R1100RT) is waitinng for them to put cruise control on the Concours and the RT goes on Craig's List that very day. I have ridden both the RT and the Concours and find both of them agonizing to ride.

I've already called the Kawasaki dealer in Longmont and left a message (not open on Monday darn it!) for them to call me as soon as one arrives in the showroom. I had a Vulcan 800 prior to the LT and it was the best bike I ever owned but I traded for the LT because I wanted a radio and a fairing (I have grown fond of the ABS as well). If the Voyager is as a good a bike as the 800 was I may not even wait to put the LT on Craig's List.
True about taste. You don't have to wait for one of these bikes, they are already being sold...just stop by your local HD dealer

It was just so....same...so derivative. I was hoping for something a little more imaginative. I'll keep en eye out for your sale ad...but if I buy your LT, I won't sell it back to you if you get buyers remorse


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Nice bike. I have had several and still have a 98 1500 classic, 80,000 miles and no FD issues. Check out the Kawi site.
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It is funny but there are really only 2 bikes that compare. The Wing and LT are close in many ways. I really see touring in 2 types. Cruiser style and Upright style. All other touring bikes are cruisers. I was also hoping Kaw would come out with a bike that would compete with the LT and Wing. They just did another cruiser. This is disappointing, so are all the other Manufactures going to let the Wing and LT own the upright touring market and only go after the cruiser touring market?

Lets face it the Wing owns 80+% of the upright market if not more. With the size and dealerships of Kaw or Yamaha you would think they would go after Honda more. My fear is BMW gets out of the LT market. This would be a shame.

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As much as I dislike the new Voyager, you really can't blame Kawasaki for building it. Just look at the current cruiser craze. Everywhere you look is a cruiser.

This one will come in at or below the Yamaha Star Venture...and FAR below the Wing and LT. Look for them at you local bar and Harley hangout soon.


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A twin with cramped rider ergos, lousy handling and an anemic engine. I won't be in the line-up for a test drive on this one.
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Just another Big V-twin Cruiser with bags. I would not drag it out from under a Christmas Tree, except to immediately sell it and buy something I would ride. I would be hurting after about an hour on that pig. Maybe not even that long.

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As much as I dislike the new Voyager, you really can't blame Kawasaki for building it. Just look at the current cruiser craze. Everywhere you look is a cruiser.

This one will come in at or below the Yamaha Star Venture...and FAR below the Wing and LT. Look for them at you local bar and Harley hangout soon.
Well, marketing is the art of determining what will sell in the future, not what is selling today. Any clod can do that!
I hope they didn't develop the VV just in time for the cruiser fad to fade...

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Well at least they got the brakes right (optional), they are ABS and operate similar to the LT except they work like normal brakes at under 12mph. It would be nice not to have such grabby brakes in the parking lot.

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Unbelievable!

I rode my Voyager XII for years with pride. I always admired the K1200LT but was happy with the Kaw. It was unique in that it wasn't a cruiser and it wasn't a Goldwing. This just seems like an slap from Kawasaki to those die-hard Voyager fans wanting a new model. "Let's just fancy up a Venture and throw it out. Maybe they will go away."

I'm glad I was able to get out when I did.

I am anxious to see a new version of the KLT and I hope it lives up to the LT name. I guess we'll see.

Oh, I rode from Kansas City to St. Louis over the weekend, a 280 mile trip that took me 740 miles. Go figure.
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I had a Yamaha Royal Star Venture and it was a great ride. I guess not as technologically advanced as the LT but it was bullet proof and you could go anywhere without the fear of breaking down. I'll have to say that the engine was weak in the mountains. Don't know about the LT as I haven't been at anyh altitude with it. The RSV died when the rear tire lost air at 75mph. Survived the accident with cosmetic damage but didn't survive the forklift drop.

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As much as I dislike the new Voyager, you really can't blame Kawasaki for building it. Just look at the current cruiser craze. Everywhere you look is a cruiser.

This one will come in at or below the Yamaha Star Venture...and FAR below the Wing and LT. Look for them at you local bar and Harley hangout soon.

Didn't BMW try with the CLC??? And look how long that lasted.

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Didn't BMW try with the CLC??? And look how long that lasted.
True. But the CLC didn't look like a Harley, and that's what it's all about now. The current crop of cruisers are for people that want a Harley but can't afford one. The Japanese saw the market and jumped in feet first and are making a killing on it.


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I ride a GoldWing, partly because I refuse to have to travel a 100+ miles for service (no dealer in Cincinnati) so I find the one sided mind set of some very amusing. On that note - none of you have even sat on the new Voyager much less ridden it, how can you possibly judge whether it is comfortable?? If and when you actually ride one - remember that one mans breeze is another mans gale. I for one can't wait to try one, especially with the new ABS system.
As for the farkle - here at work we just remind each other that she is probably a B****
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--------------On that note - none of you have even sat on the new Voyager much less ridden it, how can you possibly judge whether it is comfortable?? ---------------------
I could never be comfortable on any bike that has the feet that far forward, with footboards. I got back into riding several years ago after 25 years off a BSA, and first rode my son in law's Harley for about 4,000 miles. When time to get a bike of my own again, the only thing I knew to be absolute was that it would not be a cruiser style of any kind. Absolutely hated that ergonomic style. I had to ride the Harley with the tips of my toes on the back of the floor boards to gain any comfort at all. I am very comfortable with the foot position of the LT, so much so that the LT felt like it was custom designed just for me, even the seat was comfortable. Rode 120,000 miles, many 1,000 mile plus days, with no need to even think of a custom seat.

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I ride a GoldWing, partly because I refuse to have to travel a 100+ miles for service (no dealer in Cincinnati) so I find the one sided mind set of some very amusing. On that note - none of you have even sat on the new Voyager much less ridden it, how can you possibly judge whether it is comfortable?? If and when you actually ride one - remember that one mans breeze is another mans gale. I for one can't wait to try one, especially with the new ABS system.
As for the farkle - here at work we just remind each other that she is probably a B****
Not sure I understand your post...you are a Goldwing rider who signed up for a BMW board to defend a Kawasaki? As far as judging comfort, I haven't seen a post claiming this bike is uncomfortable. I have seen comments about how many dislike this general style of bike and riding position. Once you start talking feet forward, floorboard, cruiser style seating...well...they just don't vary too much from that spot. I like Vulcans (besides Mr. Spock), what I see is a lot of poepl who thought Kawasaki could have done much better...


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For me personally, it could be the most comfortable bike out there, but I still wouldn't buy it. I don't like floorboards on a bike and I don't like the ergos of a cruiser.


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I know this is a v-twin and all of that, but it could be a nice solution for those of us with 29" inseams who have been struggling for years to not drop our baby. Oh yeah, I forgot I think of the fat pig as my baby...nevermind!
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Whats funny is just how good the LT STILL is. When the Goldwing was new for I think 02 it took the lead back as the ultimate tourer. But that changed when BMW updated the LT in 05 bringing it to a level at least as good if not better in most respects.

These two easily outpace ANY other tourer (they are all cruiser types now) even the new Victory and Kawasaki. The only possible place these have advantages are in "V twin feel" and forward foot riding position IF you like that sort of thing.

Personally if a touring bike doesnt have ABS, Cruise, hard lockable luggage and an electric windshield its lame (oddly , the Wing has no electric screen).

The only real deficiencies of the LT are : low end power/torque, headlight, more reliable differential.
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Well each to their own. That thing is nearly as ugly as a Harley. I bet it's just as rough and noisy too, with all that CC divided by just two.

What was the designer on, when he penned that front end?

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I saw this on the AVA forum this mornng. Reaction has been running pretty heavily against the new "Voyager." Having owned a 1987 Voyage for 17 years prior to my LT, I consider this a complete joke by Kawasaki. The have copied exactly what Yamaha did in moving from the real Venture to the new Star Venture which is just a cruiser with fairing, bags and trunk. They both look like H-D wannabees. At least the Yamaha has a 4 cylinder engine!

I'm very glad now that I bought my 07 LT didn't wait for this new Vulcanoyager!!

For a real laugh, read the web site information on this. They actually compare the dash to an 8-track system from the 70s! I could not believe they actually put that in print in public!!
I agree, this is a cruiser with bags, not a touring bike.

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I agree, this is a cruiser with bags, not a touring bike.
I agree with you, NOTHING compares to the LT, NOTHING.

With the 1700 ci engine on this Voyager, it may feel more like a tourier than it looks. With the '00 Nomad (Cruiser Tourier) that I owned, it was a great bike, just not for cross-country. We did ride it from Cleburne, Texas to home one time in one sitting, and besides stopping for gas every two hours, the bike did a great job.

Marketing (and quality) sells bikes, and like a lot of us on the Forum aren't too crazy about Cruisers anyway, it's too generic. But it is ashamed that Kaw had to make this bike look like an HD

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We are being too hard on this bike. Apparently many people prefer this style of bike and I have no doubt it will do a good job in the touring department. I also have little doubt that it will be more advanced and reliable than a Harley as are most Asian bikes.
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