Except for the rabid supercharged H2 line, this, right here, is Kawasaki’s most expensive motorcycle. The Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS is also the company’s largest two-wheeled contrivance, boasting a 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin and a curb weight of 895 pounds. Actually, everything is plus-sized on the Voyager. The big motor grunts out a claimed 107.6 pound-feet of torque at just 2,750 rpm, the 65.6-inch wheelbase is just 8.1 inches shorter than that of a Smart Fortwo, the chassis has a kingly 7 inches of steering trail to promote high-speed stability, and the dual shocks have an air-assist system to help shoulder the load.
Creature comforts include a frame-mounted (the best kind) touring fairing with protective lower panels, a cozy passenger backrest, various cargo-storage solutions including stylish side cases and a top trunk, intercom and infotainment systems, and cruise control. Unusual features include automatic brake-force distribution (integrated with the standard ABS) to help the pilot maintain control while braking. Front and rear crash bars add some security in the event of a tip-over.
Likes: Low-rpm torque peak, belt final drive, comfortable seats
Dislikes: Weighs nearly 900 pounds, not including rider, passenger, or luggage
Verdict: A big bike for a big country