Cruiser Style with Complete Touring Credentials
While any motorcycle can be ridden long distances if the rider is determined, only a special few truly deserve to be called a touring cruiser. The Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® ABS motorcycle is one of those rare machines. It offers a stylish alternative to run-of-the-mill V-twin tourers, combining Kawasaki reliability with the performance, V-twin feel, comfort and amenities that a long-distance touring rider and passenger demand.
Its torquey 1,700cc V-twin powerplant delivers muscular performance. And when mixed with Kawasaki’s legendary engineering and reputation for dependability, you’ve got a motorcycle that will carry you reliably from coast to coast – and back again.
2015 KAWASAKI VULCAN 1700 VOYAGER ABS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Powerful 1,700cc V-twin
- Six-speed transmission
- Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II ABS braking system
- Electronic cruise control
- Stylish, frame-mounted fairing provides superior wind protection
- Superb comfort for rider and passenger
- Lower color-matched fairings increase wind protection
- Large, color matched trunk holds two full-face helmets
- Weatherproof, lockable, color matched, top-opening hard saddlebags
- Feature-rich, AM/FM/WB audio system with iPod® and SiriusXM® radio compatibility
- Navigation Audio Prompt Capability plays voice prompts from Garmin® Zumo® 600/665 GPS devices through the motorcycle’s audio system
- Low 28.7” seat height
- Compact and upright ergonomics improve rider comfort for all-day rides
Includes a best-in-class 36-month limited factory warranty!
Comfortable, long-distance touring is all about a bike’s carrying capacity and comfort of both a rider and passenger for days – or even weeks – in the saddle. Voyager features a large frame-mounted fairing, beautifully integrated luggage that stows your gear, an extremely comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, and high-fidelity sound system all to offer the perfect platform to watch the scenery change along with the time zones. As if that weren’t enough, the Voyager also includes the K-ACT II anti-lock/integrated braking system while still keeping the MSRP lower than comparable models.
KAWASAKI K-ACT II ABS
Since touring cruisers can encounter inclement weather on the road, the Voyager’s braking system is enhanced by the Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS system. K-ACT II uses advanced electronics to translate the rider’s braking inputs from both the front lever and rear pedal into smooth, balanced deceleration and provide maximum stopping performance. The front lever also activates the rear brake, and the rear pedal also engages the right front caliper. K-ACT II helps ensure all this happens seamlessly and efficiently, and the second-generation system uses the same smaller, lighter ABS unit and faster, higher-spec brake ECU found on the Kawasaki Concours®14 ABS motorcycle for smooth, precise operation. The K-ACT II coactive function does not engage when braking is applied at speeds below 12mph, and the ABS function is automatically disengaged at speeds below four mph.
There’s much more on the unique technology front, including Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle valve system, which works in concert with the Voyager’s Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system to enhance engine response without diluting the big 1,700cc V-twin’s distinctive throb. The system also helps the ECU deliver ultra-precise air/fuel metering and more accurate idle speed control. The setup utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) that feed data to the ECU, which adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers natural throttle feel, as APS is activated by a throttle-body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip.
Kawasaki was the first to provide, as standard equipment, an effective air management system to help increase rider comfort when stopped.
The primary component of the Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) routes radiator heat to the ground, below the engine, while the secondary part of the system draws heat away from the rear cylinder and exhaust pipe and directs it to the ground on the left side of the motorcycle. This system is particularly effective in warm weather while stopped in traffic or for extended periods of low-speed operation, such as during staging for group rides or parades.
All of this technology is a marvel of engineering and functionally capable. Featuring liquid cooling, four-valve cylinder heads and a single overhead cam setup for big-time mid-range power, the engine utilizes a pair of big pistons to pump out a massive quantity of torque over an unbelievably wide rpm range – a key to this engine’s superb flexibility. There’s a boatload of torque located throughout the RPM zone where riders will spend the most time – and more than enough from idle all the way to 5,000rpm, so major-league, arm-straightening thrust is available every time you twist the grip.
Voyager’s fuel injection and exhaust systems are tuned to deliver peak torque and horsepower at the optimal rpm for an open-road tourer. Voyager’s mufflers have excellent sound quality and a tapered, classic look. Additional touring functionality is provided by Voyager’s beefy but easy-to-squeeze hydraulic clutch, which features six damping springs and progressive three-stage engagement for easier shifting under hard acceleration.
Voyager touring cruiser employs innovative technology matched with essential touring features such as electronic cruise control and a six-speed transmission with overdrive fifth and sixth gears. The cruise control is easily operated from the right handlebar and can be activated between 30 and 85mph in any of the top four gears. Conveniently, the cruise control can be disengaged by applying the front brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake pedal, or by manually rolling off the throttle.
Featuring overdrive ratios and a super strong carbon fiber reinforced drive belt, the Voyager’s drivetrain is ideally suited to its role as a relaxed touring machine. Its tall fifth and sixth gears contribute to relaxed riding and better fuel economy at highway speeds, and its carbon fiber reinforced drive belt has a 40-percent higher tensile strength than the latest Kevlar units, allowing use of a 28mm belt that minimizes drivetrain width.
A long-haul touring motorcycle needs superior wind and weather protection, and the Voyager packs plenty in the form of its large frame-mounted windshield and fairing, as well as leg shields that incorporate effective venting to help keep the rider’s legs cool. Directly mounting this beautifully sculpted fairing to the frame transfers any wind buffeting to the bike rather than the handlebar, which reduces rider fatigue on longer trips.
A full complement of stylish and integrated luggage is also part of the Voyager package. Sealed, lockable and top-opening side cases with 10 gallons (38L) of volume partner with a color-matched, 13.2-gallon (50L) lockable tail trunk that’s big enough to swallow two large full-face helmets. Besides ample storage, the Voyager also has a pair of lockable glove boxes up front that provide a handy place for storing small items and accessories.
This full-dress touring cruiser handles like a much lighter machine thanks to optimal chassis design and excellent suspension. Dual air-assisted shocks offer 3.1” of adjustable rear suspension travel and feature settings unique to the Voyager. The shocks feature 4-way rebound damping adjustability to help ensure predictable handling and a comfortable ride.
Comfortable seating for rider and passenger is a must on a touring bike. The Voyager delivers again with deluxe touring seats sculpted to provide support for all-day touring. Contributing to long-distance passenger security and relaxation are a luxury backrest and floorboards for both the rider and passenger.
Built-in instruments and radio controls mounted on the Voyager’s classic automotive-style dash offer exceptional functionality and classic muscle car styling. The image is reinforced by the classic typeface used on the large, round instrument dials, as well as a radio styled to with 1960s inspiration.
A multi-function LCD display is mixed in with the retro analog dials in the center of the instrument console. It’s controlled by switches on the right handlebar and features a gear-position indicator, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining fuel range and average fuel consumption.
The intercom headset-compatible, 40-watt, twin-speaker audio system features navigation audio prompts, a three-band (FM/AM/WX) radio that is also compatible with an iPod®, SiriusXM® radio tuner, select GPS devices or a CB radio unit. The audio system (and iPod) can be operated by an integrated controller on the left handlebar. In addition to volume, the rider can also adjust the bass, treble and balance levels of the system. Navigation audio prompt capability allows voice-prompting audio to be heard through the speakers, or Kawasaki Genuine Accessory helmet headsets, when using Garmin® Zumo® 600/665 GPS units. For an even more powerful sound, the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories rear speaker kit plugs right into the Voyager’s factory sound system, adding twin speakers that are styled to match the tail trunk.
A water-cooled, rare earth magnet alternator produces an impressive 46.8 amps of electrical output – enough to power add-on navigation systems and other electrical accessories that add to the modern touring experience. The Voyager also features a convenient cigarette lighter-style power port on the dash and two accessory power feeds under the seat – ideal for additional accessories.
Kawasaki designers packed the Voyager with advanced technology without dulling its dramatic styling and attractive visual appeal. Like the dashboard, the Voyager’s bodywork continues the ’60s muscle car inspiration with its curved, muscular lines. The meticulous attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship of the bodywork and engine covers is obvious in contoured shapes that look good from any angle and are as pleasing to the touch as they are to the eye.
A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers. These include favorite options such as a selection of Windshields, Auxiliary Lamps and a KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Passenger Backrest. The range of accessories also comprises an iPod® Connector, SiriusXM® Radio Module, standard Gel Seat, Dual Gel Saddle, Saddlebag Liners, Auxiliary Lights, DC Power Sockets, GPS Mount, Billet Handlebar Clamps, Engine Cover Trim, Saddlebag Top Rails, Custom Cover and more.
Features and Benefits
Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II ABS system builds rider confidence by helping execute balanced braking
Lower color-matched fairings increase wind protection and rider comfort for legs
Large, color matched trunk holds two full-face helmets
Weatherproof, lockable, color matched, top-opening hard saddlebags offer ample, easy to pack storage
Navigation Audio Prompt Capability plays voice prompts from Garmin® Zumo® 600/665 GPS devices through the motorcycle’s audio system or Kawasaki Genuine Accessory helmet headsets
Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) routes away engine heat, maximizing rider and passenger comfort when stopped or at very low speeds in warm weather
Low 28.7-inch seat height enhances rider comfort and confidence
Compact and upright ergonomics enhance rider comfort for all-day rides
Includes a 36-month limited factory warranty, with the optional Kawasaki Protection Plus Plan adding up to an additional 36 months (depending on the plan purchased)
Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS
Voyager ABS features Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II system, which helps riders to execute balanced braking. Designed to complement the riders’ brake inputs, the system distributes the ideal amount of brake pressure to maximize braking efficiency
Low battery mode maintains ABS function while reducing signal frequency to conserve power when needed
For increased controllability in tight parking lots and when executing U-turns, K-ACT’s coactive function does not engage when braking is initiated at speeds below 12 mph
ABS function is disengaged at speeds below four mph
Dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a two-piston rear disc brake for sure, powerful stops
Powerful 1,700cc V-twin engine
Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin engine
Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke dimensions help deliver high levels of torque with a distinctive V-twin feel
Valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quicker revving and enhanced mid- to high-rpm power
Semi-dry sump allows a lower crankshaft placement and a longer piston stroke without increasing engine height
Single-pin crank accentuates the engine’s V-twin character by providing stronger power pulses
Large capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine
Small-diameter iridium sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation
Dual mufflers, one on each side of the bike, allow maximum clearance for luggage
Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 50 to 70 mph range
The engine pulls strongly even in top gear, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds
Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)
Dual 42mm throttle bodies with atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better combustion and fuel consumption
Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) System
Fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of intake air (via throttle valve angle) and fuel (via fuel injector timing) delivered to the engine
Optimized fuel injector timing and throttle valve position result in accurate, powerful engine response
Control of both fuel injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control
From the rider’s perspective, the ETV works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip is still connected to cables, so the feel at the grip is the same
Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body which triggers the Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) to send a signal to the ECU, which then modulates the throttle valves via a DC motor
Accurate throttle position is relayed to the ECU by a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
APS and TPS send two sets of signals to the ECU for system redundancy in the unlikely event of a sensor failure
When activated, the system maintains a desired speed
Cruise control can be engaged and adjusted entirely from the right handlebar
Cruise control can be activated in 3rd gear or above at any speed between 30mph and 85mph
Pressure on the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal automatically disengages the cruise control, as will manually rolling off the throttle
On Board Diagnostics
Diagnostic system allows self-testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700 motorcycles
Display codes on the instrumentation can be read by the owner using the accessory manual
Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive
Both 5th and 6th gears are “overdrive” ratios, which contributes to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds
28mm carbon fiber reinforced final drive belt offers a 40-percent increase in tensile strength compared to current Kevlar belts. This allows the Vulcan 1700 to use a slim belt only 2mm wider than the Kevlar unit on the Vulcan 900 motorcycles
Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain drive system
Light Handling Chassis
- The relatively short wheelbase and shorter distance between the seat and steering head contribute to rider comfort and easy maneuverability
- Large, steel, box section backbone frame is very rigid and helps contribute to high stability as well as light handling at low speeds
- The compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates handling at low speeds, especially when executing precise slow-speed maneuvers like parking or making U-turns
45mm Telescopic Fork
- Provides superb steering feedback
- 5.5” of travel helps provide excellent ride quality
Dual Adjustable Rear Air Shocks
- Features air-adjustment to help compensate for passenger and luggage variations
- 4-way rebound damping adjustments help tune the suspension to suit the rider’s preference
- Voyager-specific settings match the load carrying and long distance touring requirements inherent in this type of motorcycle
Nine-spoke Cast Wheels
- Allow the use of tubeless tires and complement the Voyager’s muscular styling
- 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires offer optimal traction and wear characteristics
- Tire choice and suspension settings augment the chassis’ light handling characteristics
Classic V-twin Appeal
Basic architecture has a significant impact on a V-twin engine’s appearance
The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape that continues to flow through the bike
Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces. Their three-dimensional form adds volume and gives a quality appearance
The edges of the cooling fins receive a special nickel-carbide treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight
All the non-chromed parts of the engine have a matte black finish that further accentuates the chromed parts
- Muscular fairing is reminiscent of classic American muscle cars in its sculpted, flowing design
- Chromed headlamp cover and twin fog lights contribute to the muscle car theme
The fuel tank’s hand-sculpted contours employ constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamic flow that is pleasing both to the eye and to the touch
The lines flowing through the rest of the bike and its elegant fuel tank contribute to the Voyager’s curvaceous figure
Liberal use of chrome contrasts nicely with the bodywork’s deep, lustrous paint. The engine, front and rear guards, accents on the side cases and trunk, and the trunk brackets are fully chromed
Design motif from the front fender continues on the rear fender, which features an elegant LED taillight
Front and rear guards help protect the bike’s bodywork in case of a tip-over
Dual 35W fog lights have a dedicated On/Off switch and can be adjusted vertically
In addition to the taillight on the rear fender, the Voyager also has a large, highly visible LED taillight mounted on the rear of the trunk that contributes to its appearance
Classic Retro Dashboard
- Instrument layout and large round dials give the Voyager’s console a classic automotive elegance, which is reinforced by the font used in the instrumentation
- Even the radio has a classic look, reminiscent of a 1960s radio
- Multi-function LCD display in the center of the instrument console is controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption
- Analog displays include speedometer, tachometer and coolant temperature gauge
- Audio system with twin speakers features radio (FM/AM/WX) and compatibility with optional iPod®, SiriusXM® tuner or CB radio units
- The audio system (and iPod) can be operated by switches on the left handlebar
- GPS Navigation Audio Prompt Capability can play navigation voice prompts from Garmin® Zumo® 600 or 665 series GPS devices through the motorcycle’s audio system or Kawasaki Genuine Accessory helmet headsets
Ignition switch allows key removal in the on position; preventing keys from damaging the chrome finish around the ignition area during operation
Turning the ignition switch collar to the ACC position allows accessories to be used while the engine is off and turning it to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and secures the ignition when parking
- Large windshield and fairing help protect the rider and passenger from the wind and elements
- With the front fairing mounted to the frame, any wind buffeting is transferred to the bike rather than the handlebar, helping to enhance highway stability and reduce rider fatigue
- Leg shields have adjustable vents to tailor the amount of airflow to the rider’s legs
- 13.2-gallon (50L) lockable trunk is large enough to fit two full-face helmets
- Top-opening side cases are sealed and lockable, with a volume of 10 gallons (38L) each
- Up front, lockable glove boxes provide a handy place for storing small items and accessories. An iPod jack (optional connector required) is located in the left-side glove box
- Sculpted seat designed for both comfortable long-distance ergonomics and an easy reach to the ground
- Upright riding position and floorboards contribute to all-day touring comfort
- Roomy passenger seat is complemented by padding on the trunk that provides back and arm support
- Rear floorboards contribute to passenger comfort
- Dual adjustable rear air shocks use settings optimized for load carrying and long-distance comfort
- 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers a substantial range, helping to minimize fuel stops when out on the open road
A large number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available, including iPod® Connector, SiriusXM® Radio Module, Kawasaki KQR™ quick-release Passenger Backrest, Standard Gel Seat, Dual Gel Saddle, Saddlebag Liners, Auxiliary Lights, DC Power Sockets, GPS Mount, Billet Handlebar Clamps, Engine Cover Trim, Saddlebag Top Rails, Custom Cover and more. Please see your Kawasaki dealer for more information
2015 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® ABS Specifications*
**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).