Kawasaki has entered the full dress touring market with the 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager. They’ve done their homework and the bike looks pretty complete. It’s powered by a 1700cc, single overhead cam, 4 valve, fuel injected V-Twin with 107 foot pounds of torque. A 6 speed transmission with overdrive turns a belt final drive.
The Voyager utilizes an electronic throttle, electronic cruise control and it’s equipped with Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT) which is a linked braking system. The retro muscle car styled dash has a sound system compatible with the iPod.
The fuel tank holds 5.3 gallons, the trunk holds 2 full face helmets, front forks are adjustable and the rear have air adjustable preload.
Overall, I think it looks like a formidable entry in the touring segment, aimed squarely at the same folks riding the big dressers from Milwaukee giving them another excellent choice or any riders looking for a long distance cruiser. Less tradition but a lot of great features, this could be interesting.