I'm a little disappointed with the current Voyager. I think they should have used the concours motor. And besides. It feels very top heavy to me
I was a lot disappointed! I sold my 87 Voyager XII in 2004 based on rumors Kawasaki had been feeding to the AVA for some time. The AVA was coy with what they said they were allowed to share, but it certainly seemed like an updated XII was in the works and most were betting on a Concours 14 engine in a touring tuned configuration. Then the delays began and the AVA seemed to be getting less and less information.
I finally got tired of the waiting and the excuses for the delays (I was expecting a super modern bike by then!) and bought my LT. When they finally released the cruiser Voyager in 2009, I was very glad I bought the LT in 2007. I still can't believe it took 5 years to add cruise control and bags to a Vulcan! That should have been a 1 year project at most ... including road testing!
I am still hoping for a GTL with LT passenger comfort. And it would be nice to eliminate the "afterthought" look of the bags and, especially, the bouncy trunk. My wife hates the GTLE as compared to our LT. Night and day difference. And the Gold Wing is even better than the LT for passenger comfort, albeit only slightly, but I wouldn't be caught dead on a Wing so that isn't an option.
The addition of reverse to the 2017 GT (and hopefully the GTL) is encouraging. Now just add some wind protection to the GTL, a better seat, lower the passenger seat relative to the pilot seat, and add passenger audio controls and I will trade in my LT. I would really like to see an EHCS, but I can live without that given that I can use the side stand on the K1600 without smoking up the neighborhood on the next start.
And no need to repeat the "just spend $2,000" on aftermarket parts and you can make the $30,000 GTL ALMOST as comfortable as the LT. That is just nuts. BMW should fix the GTL. They already have a solo touring bike in the GT. Make the GTL the two-up touring bike it should be. Why have two models optimized for solo riders?