Kawasaki’s VN1700 Voyager Custom is equipped with a long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700 cm3 V-Twin engine that rewards you with a maximum output of 73 PS at 5,000 rpm and a peak torque of 136 Nm at 2,750 rpm. Like the standard version, the Custom model features a 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.
Other features of the Custom model include a short-style smoked wind deflector, a muscular front cowling, chromed headlamp cover, louvre-style fog lamp covers and generous side Bags. Furthermore, there is also a high-spec audio system which features twin 40 W speakers, radio and compatibility with an iPod, XM tuner or CB radio unit.
Another useful feature offered for the 2012 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom is the Electronic Cruise Control which can be conveniently controlled from the right handle. The system can be activated between 47 km/h and 137 km/h in 3rd gear or above.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom.
Reflecting the hugely popular American “Bagger” trend, the VN1700 Voyager Custom has cut down sleek and seductive looks while incorporating many exciting luxury cruiser features.
Instrument layout and large round dials give the console a sporty automotive appearance. This image is reinforced by red-coloured rings on the dials, amber backlighting on the dials and instrument and audio LCD screens, and by the font used on the instrumentation.
High-spec audio system with iPod-compatibility
High-spec audio system features twin 40 W speakers, radio and compatibility with an iPod, XM tuner or CB radio unit. Class-leading iPod-compatibility allows the audio display to show the same information available on the iPod screen: song name, playlist, etc all appear on the audio display.
Electronic Cruise Control
Operation of the Electronic Cruise Control is conveniently from the right handle. The system can be activated between 47 km/h and 137 km/h in 3rd gear or above. Operating the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal causes the Electronic Cruise Control to be disengaged. Closing the throttle beyond the “zero-throttle” position is another instinctive way to disengage.
Twin tapered mufflers extend to the end of the side bags, adding to the bike’s long, flowing lines.
Powerful 1,700 cm3 V-Twin engine
Long-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 1,700 cm3 V-Twin engine was designed to deliver high levels of torque. Bore and stroke measure 102 x 104 mm.
Elegant LED taillight
Elegant LED taillight contributes to appearance in the rear.
6-speed transmission with overdrive
6th gear is an overdrive gear, contributing to stress-free riding and better fuel
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.economy when travelling at highway speeds.
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.
Short-style smoked wind deflector contributes to the VN1700 Voyager Custom’s sporty image.
Muscular front cowling
Large, muscular front cowling is reminiscent of American sports cars in its sculpted, flowing design. Chromed headlamp cover contributes to the look. Louvre-style fog lamp covers can be replaced with accessory fog lamps.
Capacious side bags are curved on the top and flat on the bottom – a design that lends itself well to the bagger styling. Keeping in mind that bagger models are often customised, the side bags open to the side and feature minimalist latches in order to offer the largest possible surface, should owners choose to repaint.
|Fuel system||Fuel injection:φ42 mm x 2|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump|
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin|
|Bore x stroke||102.0 x 104.0 mm|
|Valve/Induction||system SOHC, 8 valves|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Primary reduction ratio||1.515 (50/33)|
|Gear ratios: 1st||2.933 (44/15)|
|Gear ratios: 2nd||1.900 (38/20)|
|Gear ratios: 3rd||1.407 (38/27)|
|Gear ratios: 4th||1.143 (32/28)|
|Gear ratios: 5th||0.967 (29/30)|
|Gear ratios: 6th||0.806 (29/36)|
|Final reduction ratio||2.250 (72/32)|
|Frame type||Double-cradle, steel|
|Rake/Trail||30°/ 177 mm|
|Wheel travel, front||140 mm|
|Wheel travel, rear||80 mm|
|Tyre, front||130/90B16M/C 67H|
|Tyre, rear||170/70B16M/C 75H|
|Steering angle, left / right||35° / 35°|
|Suspension, front||45 mm telescopic fork|
|Suspension, rear||Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks|
|Brakes, front||Dual 300 mm discs Caliper: Dual 4-piston|
|Brakes, rear||Single 300 mm disc Caliper: Twin-piston|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2.510 x 970 x 1.290 mm|
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Seat height||730 mm|
|Fuel capacity||20 litres|
|Curb Mass||382 kg (VN1700K)|
|Maximum power||54 kW 73 PS / 5,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||136 N•m 13.9 kgƒ•m / 2,750 rpm|