2012 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager

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The Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager was especially developed for long journeys. The bike is equipped with a strong 1700cc V-Twin, long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700 cm3 engine which cranks out 73 hp at 5,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 2,750 rpm.

To keep the engine’s performances to a high level, Kawasaki uses its first fully electronic throttle actuation system which enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. The engine is paired with a six speed transmission. The 6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to better fuel economy when cruising at motorway speeds.

Another interesting feature offered by the Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager is its K-ACT ABS system which offers a strong stopping power regardless of the road conditions.

As far as practicality goes, the bike is equipped with a 50 litre lockable topox, 38 litre sealed top-opening panniers and lockable glove boxes.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager.

Overview

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager

The most complete metric full dress V-twin tourer available, the highly specified VN1700 Voyager is the perfect place to realise your long distance motorcycling ambitions.

Powerful 1700cc V-Twin engine

Long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700 cm3 V-Twin engine was designed to deliver high levels of torque. The valve system is based on that of the VN2000, but uses a SOHC arrangement instead of OHV for more direct engine feel and easier merging onto motorways.

ETV (Electronic Throttle Valve) System

Kawasaki’s first fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response. Control of both fuel injection and airflow also enables precise.

K-ACT ABS

K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS enables riders to execute controlled, balanced braking. Designed to complement riders’ applied brake force, K-ACT ABS ensures ideal brake force distribution to maximise braking efficiency.

Wind protection

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager

A large windscreen and front cowling protect the rider and passenger from wind and elements. With the front cowling mounted to the frame, any wind buffeting is transferred to the bike rather than the handlebars, contributing to reduced rider fatigue on long trips. Leg shields have air vents that allow airflow to the legs to be adjusted. (10MY shown).

iPod compatible audio system

Multi-function LCD display in the centre of the instrument console is controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear position indicator, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption. Audio system with twin speakers features radio and compatibility with an iPod.

Comfort

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager

The sculpted seat is designed for both comfort and makes it easy to reach to the ground. In addition, the upright riding position and floorboards contribute to all-day touring comfort. A roomy passenger seat is complemented by padding on the trunk that provides back and arm support. (10MY shown)

6-speed transmission with overdrive

6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at motorway speeds.

126-litre storage capacity

50 litre lockable topox is large enough to fit two full-face helmets. Top-opening panniers are also sealed and lockable, with a volume of 38 litres each. Up front, lockable glove boxes provide a handy place for storing small items and accessories. (10MY shown).

Cruise control

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager

Operation of the cruise control is conveniently from the right handlebar cluster. Cruise control can be activated between 30 mph (47 km/h) and 85 mph (137 km/h) in 3rd gear or above. Operating the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal causes the cruise control to be disengaged. Closing the throttle completely is another instinctive way to disengage the cruise.

Specifications

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement1,700 cm³
Bore x stroke102 x 104 mm
Compression ratio9.5:1
Valve/Induction systemSOHC, 8 valves
Fuel systemFuel injection:φ42 mm x 2
IgnitionDigital
StartingElectric
LubricationForced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission6-speed, return
Final DriveBelt
Primary reduction ratio1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratios: 1st3.077 (40/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd1.900 (38/20)
Gear ratios: 3rd1.407 (38/27)
Gear ratios: 4th1.143 (32/28)
Gear ratios: 5th0.967 (29/30)
Gear ratios: 6th0.806 (29/36)
Final reduction ratio2.250 (72/32)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
Frame typeDouble-cradle, steel
Rake/Trail30˚ / 177 mm
Wheel travel, front140 mm
Wheel travel, rear80 mm
Tyre, front130/90B16M/C 67H
Tyre, rear170/70B16M/C 75H
Steering angle, left / right35˚ / 35˚
Suspension, front45 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rearSwingarm with twin air-assisted shocks
Rebound damping:4-way
Brakes, frontDual 300 mm discs Dual 4-piston
Brakes, rearSingle 300 mm disc Twin-piston
Fuel capacity20 litres
Maximum power54 kW 73 PS / 5,000 rpm
Maximum torque136 N·m 13.9 kgf·m / 2,750 rpm

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