Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Review

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Review
Though a non-ABS model is available, the 1700 Voyager’s driveline/braking technology is enhanced with the addition of the second-generation Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT) system. Available on the ABS-equipped Voyager, K-ACT uses advanced electronics to translate the rider’s braking inputs from both the front lever and rear pedal into smooth, balanced deceleration and maximum stopping performance. 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 Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system to enhance engine response without dulling the big Vee’s distinctive throb. The system also helps the ECU deliver ultra-precise air/fuel metering and more accurate idle speed control. The Voyager’s fuel injection and exhaust systems are tuned to deliver peak torque and horsepower at slightly higher rpm than the Classic models, which is optimal for an open-road tourer. The Voyager’s mufflers have excellent sound quality and a tapered, classic look. The Voyager’s innovative technology is matched with essential touring features such as electronic cruise control and a six-speed transmission with overdrive fifth and sixth gears. The Voyager delivers again with deluxe touring seats sculpted to provide support for all-day touring. Built-in instruments and radio controls mounted on the Voyager’s classic automotive-style dash offer exceptional functionality and classic muscle car styling. Kawasaki designers packed the Voyager with advanced technology without dulling its dramatic styling and attractive visual appeal. Dual air shocks offer 3.1 inches of rear suspension travel and feature settings unique to the Voyager. Offering a stylish alternative to other run-of-the-mill V-twin tourers, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager combines Kawasaki reliability with the performance, V-twin feel, comfort and amenities long-distance touring riders demand.

The Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS takes its place as Kawasaki's flagship touring cruiser. Not only is it equipped with full touring amenities like a large frame mounted front fairing and windscreen, leg shields, ample storage, audio system and six speed transmission with overdrive, but it has high tech features like Kawasaki's first fully electronic throttle valve system with built in cruise control. It is also fitted with an advanced ABS system with Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT) that electronically controls brake force distribution between the front and rear brakes to enhance overall braking performance.
The Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS is designed for riders who set their sights beyond the horizon.