Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

Equipment – finish

Voyager Custom commits no false note, with very well integrated equipment. However, some details are less than Harley licked, like cables maintaining caps bags, more “cheap” that the system of dispenser seen in some American. Nevertheless, the Kawasaki offers than you pay for.

The technology is there and many accessories.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

The sound of the audio system, speaking via two speakers 40 W embedded in the shroud is undermined by the low bubble. Note that the volume is controlled by the speed, which eliminates its setting when speed variations. The audio system is wired to receive an intercom.

On the Custom version, as the VN 1700 Voyager, an iPod can be plugged into the left glove box with lock. Unlike the Electra Glide, the fork head fairing is attached to the frame, so Road Glide, and not on the handlebars. For long motorway journeys, the bike has cruise control stalk ordered the right, but his engagement is fairly slow.

It runs 47 km / h to 137 km / h, from the third report and instantly cut if the brake control or the clutch lever is touched.

Dashboard, inspired by American cars of the 60s is clear and legible. Meters and tachometer are surrounded by indicating engine temperature and fuel gauge. The digital display in the middle of the instrument console is controlled via buttons on the right stalk.

It includes a gear position indicator, a clock, an odometer, two trip meters and indicators remaining autonomy and average consumption.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

Contractor allows driving key removed. When turning the contact carrier OFF, the engine switches off and must then reintroduce the key to restart. At the bottom of the fairing, the panes allowed to ventilate the lower body on the Voyager disappeared shame, because we know that city, the engine gets very hot in summer.

Finally, the bike has a good carrying capacity: in lockable panniers (contact) whose opening is easy, it can accommodate a small package.

The engine VN 1700 Voyager Custom, Voyager, Classic and Classic Tourer concept draw the twins of VN 1600 VN 2000. This 1700 cm3 is cooled by water, unlike that would suggest the fins generous. The distribution uses a SOHC, but four valves per cylinder. The rockers VN 2000 were abandoned to foster revving.

The air box, divided into two separate blocks, hardly causes sound emotions, understand the aspiration noise level may at the discretion of the exhausts.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

Semi-dry sump (as in VN 2000) allowed the lower position of the crankshaft. Pistons lead to a single pin. Two balancer shafts minimize vibration. Kawasaki announces 42 mm for the diameter of the injection of the Voyager Custom against 46 mm on the Voyager body. If you do not see a significant performance drop, the goal is likely to reduce fuel consumption considered high (7.5 l/100 km recorded in 2009), and improve autonomy.

We unfortunately could not make any new measure.

Voyager shows the economic hand side transmission through to its final ballot. It also has an electronic accelerator type Ride by Wire: the cable from the handle control potentiometer module which in turn actuates the opening of butterflies.

Part of VN 1700 Classic double cradle steel. Rigidity has been working to meet Touring models such as load resistance or directional stability. There are short gas dampers, adjustable preload and four notches compression / expansion by inflation using specific equipment.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Voyager

Since 1400 the Voyager GTR “standard”, the Custom receives a co-active braking K- ACT (Kawasaki Coactive-Braking Technology). It is actually a “full” system with ABS and more. Kawasaki, speed sensors on the wheels (for ABS in particular) is connected to pressure sensors (one on the front right caliper, one on the rear caliper) to coordinate the action of the stirrups depending on the speed and pressure.

A housing connected sensors are then responsible for controlling an electric motor to generate either or hydraulic pressure, and therefore more retarding force. The system is generally transparent to use.

Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic
Kawasaki VN 1700 Classic

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