2012 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom

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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.

Overview

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.

Dashboard

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.

Exhaust

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

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom

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 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.economy when travelling at highway speeds.

ETV (Electronic Throttle Valve) System

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom

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.

Smoked screen

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.

Side Bags

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.

Specifications

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom
Fuel systemFuel injection:φ42 mm x 2
IgnitionDigital
StartingElectric
LubricationForced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement1,700 cm³
Bore x stroke102.0 x 104.0 mm
Compression ratio9.5:1
Valve/Inductionsystem SOHC, 8 valves
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
Primary reduction ratio1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratios: 1st2.933 (44/15)
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)
Transmission6-speed, return
Final DriveBelt
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 Caliper: Dual 4-piston
Brakes, rearSingle 300 mm disc Caliper: Twin-piston
Dimensions (L x W x H)2.510 x 970 x 1.290 mm
Ground Clearance145 mm
Wheelbase1,665 mm
Seat height730 mm
Fuel capacity20 litres
Curb Mass382 kg (VN1700K)
Maximum power54 kW 73 PS / 5,000 rpm
Maximum torque136 N•m 13.9 kgƒ•m / 2,750 rpm

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