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2009 Kawasaki 1700 Voyager 1st Look

Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager returns to the lineup for 2009. The Voyager gives Kawasaki fans a full-dress touring option that is destined to be a hit.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager returns to the lineup for 2009. The Voyager gives Kawasaki fans a full-dress touring option that is destined to be a hit.
Of all the motorcycles released this weekend the Full-dress 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 received the loudest applause from the attending dealers. Apparently the need for a full blown touring machine is an offering they have been anxiously awaiting. The bike looks great with muscle-car-era influence being applied to the design. The lines of the bike are stylish with a slightly retro look that starts with the massive front fairing, the sculpted tank, corresponding lines of the bags and liberal amounts of chrome.

The Voyager is packed with technological goodies like electronic cruise control with switchgear located on the right side next to the throttle, iPod and MP3 compatible audio system, new fuel-injected, fly-by-wire Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) and Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT) or linked braking system. ABS is available as an option. Taking the technology one step further than the competition, the K-ACT disengages below 12mpg and the ABS disengages at speeds less than 4 mph in an effort to alleviate one of the complaints of linked and ABS braking systems.

At the heart of the Voyager is the same single overhead cam 1700cc liquid-cooled V-Twin found on all the new Vulcan cruisers and a 6-speed transmission. Kawasaki claims 108 lb-ft of torque at 1750 rpm for some serious grunt from the long stroke Twin. The frame is a single-backbone double-cradle design with dual adjustable air shocks and a 45mm four-way adjustable fork. It rolls on wide 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires mounted to 9-spoke 16-inch cast wheels.

The look of the Voyager draws cues from the 1960s-era muscle cars and with over 100 lb-ft of torque on tap it should be able to give any of those hot rods a run for their money too.
The look of the Voyager draws cues from the 1960s-era muscle cars and with over 100 lb-ft of torque on tap it should be able to give any of those hot rods a run for their money too.
Rider and passenger accommodations include large floorboards front and rear, a trio of massive luggage compartments, lockable glove boxes, good looking seat with passenger backrest and grab bars. The stylish front fairing is mounted to the frame rather than the bars in an effort reduce the effects of wind on the rider in an effort to reduce fatigue over the long haul. A trio of headlamps should light-up the road ahead. The dash follows the retro theme with a quartet of large analog dials with a centrally located LCD display.

The bodywork and bags are sculpted nicely with the rear trunk offering enough space (13.2 gallons) for two full face helmets with the side bags providing another 8.6-gallon each. All three are lockable. Adding to the touring appeal is a powerful 48.5 amp alternator to support a variety of popular touring amenities like GPS units and heated gear.

The 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager will be available in Candy Red, Two-tone Blue/Black or Titanium/Black color schemes. Pricing was not disclosed.

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ted townsend -'97 Kaw 1200cc  October 25, 2010 02:53 AM
Bought it new and now at 131,000-- run on reg. fuel-45 mpg, if engine ever quites, will replace with sa eng. and continue to add another 100K !! No need for a new one, $12k was enough-- great and dependabe ride...
Loren -2000 LT  May 5, 2010 12:47 PM
I perfer the NEW Kaw 2000 LT, I have been waiting a long time for a lite touring bike with thunderous power. Kawasaki has finally delivered.
beberr -2009 1700 voyager  March 29, 2010 04:18 PM
he trie one you will get one on the road you will trip on that kawasaki 1700 the way we drive this bike its not for a race its a cruise bike confortable without vibration go for it beberr
Jerrell G. -03 Kawasaki Meanstreak  February 10, 2010 04:32 PM
I own a 78 kz 650, 74 z1 900 with kz1000 engine, and 03 kawasaki meanstreak. hmmmmmmm seen one in florida sat on it and fell in love. time to step it up a notch and add another KAW to the stable.
JUSTME -BACKREST  February 5, 2010 09:01 AM
Does Anyone know where you can get a drivers backrest for this bike?
Jerry Haynes -2009 Voyager  January 21, 2010 07:25 AM
I LOVE this ride, Damn is it beautiful!
kevin gallant -nice bike  January 3, 2010 04:21 PM
I bought one and put 6500 kilometers on since the end of august dont run the bike down until drive one watercooled makes run better than ultra classic another feature it tells what gear your in in every gear get over it harley drivers
Kevin -voyager  October 23, 2009 01:41 PM
just bought one late august have 6200 kilometers on it love it
JAY BENNETTI, -2009 kawasaki 1700 voyager  August 30, 2009 08:25 AM
Bob -09 Voyager  August 25, 2009 10:18 AM
5,000+ mi in 3 months on mine and I love it. very comforatable and ergonomic, the side walls in the luggage is a too thin and the hardware should be upgraded to something beefier. My biggest complaint is that Kawa should get off thier butts and get the advertised accessories actually available to thier customers. The "Back-ordered" excuse is a load of crap for not having stuff available. If they are going to build the bike they should have accessories available or do NOT advertize them. Sounds like poor planning and customer support. You can already find a drivers back rest as an aftermarket item and Kawa does not even have one listed as a backorder item.
Bob Scanlan -2009 Voyager  August 1, 2009 06:59 PM
Picked one up on 7/1/09. Already have 2000 miles on it. Very comfortable. Love sixth gear on highway. Handles vey well. All controls are easily accessables. More than enough storage. Very happy with my new Voyager.
dotskip -NO Voyager !!!  July 14, 2009 10:30 AM
Vulcan with luggage, NO Thanks..... 6 years and that's all they came up with ... SHAME on Kawasaki... Either redesign it or put it back the way it was.... 07/14/2009
Rob From Down under Australia -Voyager 1700  July 7, 2009 05:21 AM
Wait and wait you have to be put in line for two months here in OZ.Just on the market here.What a great tourer.I have done 10000 klms.in two months{6000 miles}No trouble just great touring.Stay Upright ROB
F.N EDWARDS -1700 CLASSIC  July 3, 2009 09:45 PM
The new V17s are high-tec and have good suspensions, mines broke in,its got plenty of thump coming from the pipes,41 mpg,108 ft lbs of torque and a 6 speed.Happy Fathers Day! 1st up to 40 and 2nd up to 60 and behind ,left at the light were the Harley Davidsons and to all a good night!
hellcreep -ST1300 vs Voyager?  June 19, 2009 08:30 AM
SportTouring is more fun than touring, but a little less comfortable. If you take your woman with ya >50% on long trips, go touring..
John Morgan -Voyager XII  June 15, 2009 07:51 PM
I have a 97 Voyager that gets 50 plus miles on regular gas.I love this bike. Who can afford High test & avg. 33 miles per Gal. No cruiser for me. Shame on Kaw. for letting us real touring guys down.
littlejohn -1700 voyager  June 2, 2009 04:58 PM
I was planning to buy a Honda ST1300, but the Voyager has me reconsidering. The Kawi is significantly less expensive than its obvious competition, the Harley and Victory tourers. It's faster than the Harley and better looking than the ugly-ass Victory.
Bigrick -Stunning!  June 2, 2009 04:30 PM
Will trade my Honda Gl1100 for one Kawasaki 1700V!
Dennis -Reverse  May 22, 2009 08:55 AM
Does anyone know if you can get a reverse for a option? Thanks
eddo -ritn an spellin n such  May 22, 2009 07:30 AM
gud thin u don hav o writ or spel ro evn be koheernt to rid a mottorcycel ride on brows!!!!!!!
Drew -CB  May 21, 2009 06:07 PM
I have one on order and I want to install a CB but the dealership can't seem to get any info on it. Has anyone who has one installed a CB? Or if you know what type, where and how to install one can you let me know.
Safety1 -2009 1700 Voyager  May 18, 2009 06:04 AM
Happy Fathers Day to me, I have had a 99 Voyager,KLR 650, a 1500A Vulcan, Just sold my 1500 Drifter & Still have an 800 Drifter and now my wife and kids have my new Voyager on order. I am excited!
Russ Campbell -trumpy/norton man  May 14, 2009 04:34 AM
got a 58 T110/72norton commando,just sold a 1600 vulcan nomad and will be buying a voyager as soon as I can get one avaiable.
Charles Storey -not to Impressed  May 5, 2009 07:47 AM
Stared out thinking this was going to be a great bike but once I saw it and sat on it , well guys all it is , my vulcan nomad with a trunk so If you could bring back the voyagerX11 with a new set of colors I belive you will sell more because the Victory visoin is on the pathe of the v twin tourer so bring back the good dependale and fast flat 6 and you will seel em , not to sterer you wrong but I have this bike and it`s good one my 99 vulcn nomad but would rather have and engine like the flat 6 again it was good and balance was to sweet
Bill -Voyager 1700  May 4, 2009 07:47 PM
Just orderd one been many years since I have ridden a bike. My Brother In Law who is a died in the blood HD rider even looked it over and said that is a nice bike and alot for the money. Said he would not mind one him self. Cant wait to get it on the road
Bronson -09 1700 Voyager  April 20, 2009 08:56 AM
I have been Kaws for 30 some years and counting. I started with a limited edition KZ 400 and have been on a 1200 Voyager since they came out and found that Kaw builds great bikes and that I have money down ro the VV 1700 and can`t wait till it gets here. I just hope it soon. My dealer now tells me some time in June.
Stallion -Had them all  April 13, 2009 11:30 AM
I owned a Kawasaki Vulcan 750, 1500 and now an "05" Vulcan 1600 classic. These bikes out perform, out handle and outlast Harleys buy a long shot. I have ridden Road Kings, Dynas and a couple different Heritage deluxe and classics and I say "You can keep em". The new Voyager is gonna be a big hit. I love all these guys that say"You should just buy a Harley". Sorry... I am not a sheep
Jesse G. -2009 1700 Voyager  April 10, 2009 08:33 PM
Someone at Kawasaki needs their Ass kicked for building another Harley wanabe. Bring back the old Voyager now that was a great bike for the money.
wheels2 -2009 1700 Voyager  April 10, 2009 09:26 AM
I have a 2005 abs Goldwing. I think I will keep it. Don't like vibration of a twin. The only thing wrong with the Wing is the price. Maybe it's worth it.
john Barredo -kawasaki voyager 1700  April 5, 2009 05:21 PM
I have seen them all, riding bikes since 1966 , raced Bultacos in 1969. Owned 17 bikes ever since. Have owned kept since 1990 a voyager 1200, to me it has been overall the best bike I ever had, I would not trade it for a brand new goldwing.
Knight -1988 Voyager  March 27, 2009 05:22 PM
Recently purchased a 1988 Voyager and love it! Got my eyes on this baby for sure!
K.R. Wyse -The New Voyager  March 24, 2009 09:38 PM
Kawasaki has built another Great!!! bike that people can afford. I ride a 04 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500, I think it's the best bike on the v-twin market for the money. It's well equipped, has the looks, handling and performance (added a set of Vance & Hines exhaust).I got 30K on it now and can't wait for the new Voyager, plus unlike Harley's it's reliable, for half the money. I rode and considered buying a Harley, but as a Quality Engineer they're product is not worth the money.
George Erdel -New Voyager  March 23, 2009 08:19 AM
What an UGLY ASS BIKE!!! Kawasaki stopped making the BEST VALUE BIKE for the dollar and come up with this ugly thing that looks like about eery other metric out there. I would NEVER consider buying one. I will keep my 2002 until the WHEELS FALL OFF! That will be many years from now George
Mike -Coming April 2009  March 19, 2009 03:34 PM
Was just told by the dealer, they are expecting a shipment of the Voyagers first week of April. I am on the list for a Candy red. Can't wait. Need more stability on the highway than my VStar 1300 is providing. Bike looks awesome.
Danny -Will keep my old 96 voyager 12 for quite some time now.  February 25, 2009 11:05 AM
What a great idea, another Harley imitation. 35 mpg?? Go get a harley. V twin? no top end worth a flip, go get a Harley or a copy cat. At 41 in the city, 47 on the highway, and asside from speedometer cables twice, 38,000 plus trouble free, fuel efficient, and rev up and run with anyone miles. Want a great idea? Put 2 V twin 600's together and water cool it, an alloy frame, and extend it to where a normal 6 plus foot rider can stretch out on it, then yell hurray. Any positive talk on this one is simply short trip riding inexperienced or breathing to much V twin fumes. Give us a real eye opener to shoot down the Victory Vision in all aspects.
david a. reeves -09 voyager  February 17, 2009 10:09 AM
36 mpg estimate seems inadequate with todays technology.45 mpg would seem better for a touring bike of '09 manufacture.
jo -voyager  February 12, 2009 09:38 AM
to me,its an ugly bike.i'd rather go for the old model anytime.Its so ful of curves like riding on a sack of bubbles.
daystarmotorcycle ministeryllc/jrkennedy -2009/voyager  February 5, 2009 11:24 AM
i like it very much.i have been waiting,for a bike like this.its much more dependable than the. Harley ultra classic.water cooled etc.i have owned, lots of different bikes since i was very young. the bike i have now,is my 3rd Vulcan 1500 classic.with only clutch problems after 50kmiles. looking forward to ridding this one. jrk
S Frazee -2009 1700 Voyager  January 26, 2009 05:20 PM
I understand this is the same frame of the 2008 Kowasaki Vulcan and do any of these extra's retrofit other Kowaski's. I already own a 2008 Vulcan Nomad 1600 and I love it. Put lots of miles on it already been all over the area and more.
Bob M. Williams -09 Voyager  January 26, 2009 09:19 AM
Kinda looks like BMW's R1200CLC full dressed cruiser. Now that was a cruiser!
Paul Groben -2009 Kawasaki voyager  January 26, 2009 05:44 AM
Sorry, this one won't do it for me! The REAL voyager has spoiled me rotten. Shaft drive, hydraulic valves, great weather protection from it's barn door fairing and windshield, comfy ride, good rugged trunk and side bags, AND,enough grunt to embarass corvette owners and muscle cars at stop lights, what more could you possibly want? No, this 2009 voyager simply does not measure up to the REAL voyager.
Matt M -Beautiful Bike!  January 24, 2009 08:26 AM
Just came from the NY IMS. Sat on it, looked it over. I am a 02 Vulcan Classic fi owner and think this bike will be great. I like the fact that they kept the wheelbase shorter. This bike should handle well. I think they made the right move and look forward to its release.
John -Voyager XII  January 21, 2009 07:30 AM
They should just bring back the Voyager XII. The best touring bike ever made. Light, fast, and easy to handle. This thing is just another fake Harley. I'll never understand why everyone wants to copy such junk. Harleys are expensive antiquated technology. Uncomfortable and unsafe.
Doug -Disappointed  January 10, 2009 07:58 AM
I got a chance to see a couple of these in person. As a big Kawi fan from way back I'm disappointed. I'm sure the basic bike is as good as the Vulcans I've had in the past but the fairing, luggage, lowers are a bunch of cheap crap. Poor hardware, VERY thin wall saddlebags and the "vents" on the lowers look like they would be rattling or falling off within the first 100 miles. For another couple grand (10%) an HD Ultra has it beat hands down.
Rich -09 1700 Voyager  January 4, 2009 04:01 PM
Just another Harley look a like. They need to do some changes on the front fairing,make it sportier. (an older voyager owner)
Sybald L.Loth -Kawasaki Voyager 2003  January 3, 2009 07:29 PM
I used to own a Kawasaki Voyager 2003 four cylinders 1200cc, bought it new (Decmember 2003)out the show room. Drove 38,500 miles in three (3) years, plenty of troubles: the tensioner roller went out three times, cruise control noumerous time. In December 2005 I traded it in for the altimate driving machine "BMW K1200LT". Since then until now(Jan.03, 2009) I clocked 28,250 miles on the bike. Love this machine.
Roy Kelly -o9 voyager  December 22, 2008 04:04 PM
i have a 96 1200 voyager that i love,If the new one all around as good its got to be great an i want one.
Charles -WHEN?  December 16, 2008 11:31 PM
When is this beautiful bike gonna be in the stores!? I want one!
Steve -Choke  December 15, 2008 01:38 PM
Gentlemen: The choke knob on all Kawasaki fuel injected motorcycles is nothing more than an idle speed adjustment for starting a cold bike. Regards
Dave Ely -Fuel injection "choke."  December 15, 2008 07:53 AM
Thought my fuel injection Mean Streak had a choke... but the knob turns out to be linked to the throttle... cracks it open a bit for starting... that's all.
bruce s. (smoky) -2009 voyager  December 11, 2008 05:04 AM
looks awesome, nice lines, can't wait to see one in person! lookout harley, you don't need to spend your pension just to ride a great looking, well equiped tourer!!!
Albert Jean -Voyager  December 10, 2008 04:26 PM
For those of you wanting a contiuation of the old inline four just let it go players.To those who think that every bike with a V-twin is a wanabe Harley why don't you call the GW a wanabe Boxer BMW or all inline fours Honda 1969 750's? Those are people that can't tell one bike from the other anyway. I think Kawasaki has made a competent and bold move that, for the learned buyer, will prove to be a formidable touring mount.
Eric -2009 1700 Kawasaki Voyager  December 10, 2008 11:32 AM
What a great looking bike! And Great pricing too!! $16799 for non-ABS, $17899 w/ABS That's $4000 less than a comparable Harley Ultra Classic
steve -2009 Voyager  December 6, 2008 08:27 PM
I called a local dealer hoping they have some information on ETA and price. He said he has no idea that the website just says 'Coming Soon'. Well, everybody knows that. I guess we'll just be kept in suspense, dang it!
Dennis Phillips -2009 Voyager  December 6, 2008 07:55 PM
Great looking bike.Where are the specs.,and when is it coming out need to see one.
DWN, TX -2009 1700 Voyager  December 5, 2008 07:50 AM
Under the current economic environment this bike will be very price sensitive. If Kawasaki tries to press the envelope and hit Honda’s price points and have everything as an option they are in big trouble. Yamaha has raised the price for their bike and ran off a lot of perspective buyers to the used market as a result. This bike needs to be loaded and very reasonably priced or they will be stuck with a bike everyone likes, but no one is willing to pay for. Harley Davidson is the only manufacturer currently with a strong enough following to hold pricing to the high end of the market, as the economy continues to decline they will have to do some fancy footwork as well.
steve -2009 Voyager  December 5, 2008 07:25 AM
Robert responded about the choke question I had that it's fuel injected. It is fuel injected but it doesn't mean it has automatic choke. My brother has a 2007 Nomad which is fuel injected and it has manual choke. A coworker has the Honda VTX 1300 also fuel injected and it has manual choke. My VTX 1800 is fuel injected and has automatic choke and is considered a featured item of the bike. I don't know why they put choke knobs on fuel injected bikes but they do. I think any fuel injected bike of that class should have automatic choke.
Jeff -2009 1700 Voyager  December 4, 2008 07:25 PM
Very nice bike like the lines I ride a 04 Yamaha V4 Venture love the motor wish it was fuelly ... my only complaint. But the new 1700 is very bike would like to try one and particularly like that the fairing is on the frame and not on the bars. Also the lower are very high on mine there is a gap between the lower and the windshields and you get wet on the knees. and mine's a bit heavy.
Robert Wyatt -2009 Vulcan  December 3, 2008 01:30 PM
Steve asked if it would have automatic choke. It's electronically fuel injected. It's all computer controlled, better than an automatice choke on carb. models.
Brian Maher -2009 1700 Voyager  December 1, 2008 08:02 PM
The new Voyager looks Awesome!!! I love the styling and the specs look right on!!! The colors are great and the frame mounted fairing is a great idea for stability!!! Make mine Silver!!! Brian
steve -2009 1700 Voyager  December 1, 2008 10:18 AM
I'm looking and waiting on the edge of my seat for the Voyager to hit the market. One question I have though that I can't seem to find info on is, does it have automatic choke? I currently own a VTX 1800 Honda and the auto choke is a nice feature. If the Voyager has it then I will likely be trading up.
Donnie Miller -Voyger  November 23, 2008 03:49 PM
As a 1500 Vulcan rider wanting to up grade to a touring dresser this is a great option. I was concidering a Nomad but this is more to my likingas a dresser. Thanks for finaly giving Vulcan riders this option.
James -Saw it up close  November 16, 2008 04:16 PM
Went to the International MC chow in Dallas sat on the new Voyager sits nice!, good control layout - now price avaialble and the Kawasaki guys just didn't know ANYTHING except it was pre-production model - changes could occur, etc. I have a 1988 Voyager and this would make a great replacement.
Thumper -Kawasaki Voyager  November 14, 2008 10:24 PM
Looks good! Wish it had more than two cylinders though....Water cooling, particularly in the desert is a plus....
Brian B. -2009 Voyager  November 12, 2008 01:38 PM
Looks great! Lots of standard lighting up front, more wind protection than the GW, ABS, Fuel injected, liq. cooled, lots of cargo space and only one downside...what's the price?
Dan Szklarz -2009 1700 Kawasaki Voyager  November 12, 2008 09:52 AM
I think it looks awesome, just hope when the price comes out , it will be within reach
charli jones -2009 1700 vulcan/voyager  November 11, 2008 04:58 PM
all this time i waited to see what was to replace my '96 voyager-which was totalled yesterday in a trailering accident- and u show me an imitation harley that calls itself a voyager and is in reality a vulcan in voyager clothing. i knew(know) that my next bike is from that worthless bastard down the street--a goldwing
John Johnson - 2009 1700 Voyager  November 10, 2008 03:46 PM
I for one will be surprised if Kawasaki sells any to older Voyager fans. I personally have owned 2 of the Big Six Voyagers. BTW If I wanted a Harley and had the means to buy new I'd buy one. Sincerely,Scooter (John S. Johnson)
Rikkos -Triumph Tiger Rider  November 4, 2008 09:23 AM
Truly the lines are fluid and the look is spacey.