• 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin
  • Transmission:
    6-speed
  • Torque @ RPM:
    108
  • Energy:
    Digital Fuel Injection (DFI)
  • Displacement:
    1700 cc
  • Price:
    17399

Overview

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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 Key Features:

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• Powerful 1,700cc V-twin delivers impressive levels of torque and immediate passing power
• Six-speed transmission for effortless acceleration and relaxed cruising at highway speeds
• Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II ABS system builds rider confidence by helping execute balanced braking
• Electronic cruise control maintains speed, reducing rider fatigue on long trips, and interfaces with the electronic throttle valve system for smooth operation
• Stylish, frame-mounted fairing provides excellent wind protection for the rider and passenger, better than handlebar-mounted units
• 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
• Feature-rich, AM/FM/WB audio system with iPod® and SiriusXM® radio compatibility is standard equipment
• 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)

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Features and Benefits:

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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

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• 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®)

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• Dual 42mm throttle bodies with atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better combustion and fuel consumption

Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV) System

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• 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

Cruise Control

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• 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

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• 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

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• 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

Bodywork

• 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

Wind Protection

• 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

Ample Storage

• 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

Comfort

• 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

Long Range

• 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers a substantial range, helping to minimize fuel stops when out on the open road

Accessories

• 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

Specifications

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7 cu in
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 108 ft-lb @ 2,750 rpm
Fuel System DFI® with dual 42mm throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Transmission Six-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final Drive Carbon fiber-reinforced belt
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 45mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in
Front Tire 130/90x16
Rear Tire 170/70x16
Front Brakes Dual 300mm discs, dual four-piston calipers, K-ACT II ABS
Rear Brakes Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, K-ACT II ABS
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake/Trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in
Overall Length 100.8 in
Overall Width 39.2 in
Overall Height 61.0 in
Ground Clearance 5.3 in
Seat Height 28.7 in
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal
Wheelbase 65.6 in
Curb weight 895 lb
Color Choices Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 36 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, or 36 months
Price $17,399

Quotes:

“Highlights of the Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS package include a 52-degree V-Twin engine, K-ACT II ABS braking system, cruise control, frame-mounted fairing, six-speed overdrive transmission and KAMS air management system (which routes radiator heat to the ground below the engine). It retains touring amenities such as an intercom-headset compatible audio system and integrated luggage. Dual adjustable rear air shocks allow for quick adjustments when compensating for luggage and passenger and the 28.7-inch seat height assures that riders of all sizes will find a sure foot when stopped. It also comes with a large windshield and fairing to keep the wind off of you, a sculpted seat, upright riding position and floorboards for the rider and the passenger that all attribute to comfort on a long ride. The 2015 1700 Voyager ABS will be available in a Metallic Carbon Gray/Metallic Spark Black colorway.” ----- Motorcycle USA

“Designed for those riders who set their sights beyond the horizon, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager offers everything needed for comfortable long-distance touring with or without a passenger. Offering a metric alternative to V-Twin tourers, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager combines Kawasaki reliability with the performance, comfort and amenities that long-distance touring riders demand.” ----- Total Motorcycle

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