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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

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...

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® is one of those rare machines. The Voyager delivers the muscular performance you’d expect from a torquey 1,700cc V-twin powerplant and combines it with the classic styling discriminating cruiser riders demand. Mix in Kawasaki’s engineering expertise and reputation for dependability, and you’ve got a motorcycle that will carry you reliably coast-to-coast—and back again.

However, touring is also about a bike’s carrying capacity and comfort of both a rider and passenger for days—or weeks—in the saddle. Voyager features a large frame-mounted fairing, beautifully integrated luggage that stows a week’s worth of gear, a comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, and high-fidelity sound system all to offer the perfect location for watching the scenery change along with the time zones. As if that weren’t enough, the Voyager also includes the K-ACT II anti-lock/integrated braking system while still keeping the MSRP thousands lower than comparable models.

Since touring cruisers can encounter inclement weather on the road, the 1700 Voyager’s driveline/braking technology is enhanced by the Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS system. K-ACT II 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. The front lever also activates the rear brake, and the rear pedal also engages the right front caliper. K-ACT II ensures all this happens seamlessly and efficiently, and the second-generation system uses the same smaller, lighter ABS unit and faster, higher-spec brake ECU found on the Kawasaki Concours® 14 ABS motorcycle for even smoother, more precise operation. K-ACT’s coactive function does not engage when braking is applied at speeds below 12 mph, and the ABS function is automatically disengaged at speeds below 4 mph.

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 V-twin’s distinctive throb. The system also helps the ECU deliver ultra-precise air/fuel metering and more accurate idle speed control. The setup utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) that feed data to the ECU, which adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers natural throttle feel, as APS is activated by a throttle-body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip.

All V-twins present engine heat challenges, especially full-dress models with leg shields. This is attributed to the rear cylinder and exhaust pipe being located almost directly under the rider. Kawasaki was the first manufacturer to provide, as standard equipment, an effectively designed air management system to help increase rider comfort at a stop.

The primary component of the Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) routes radiator heat to the ground, below the engine, while the secondary part of the system draws heat away from the rear cylinder and exhaust pipe and directs it to the ground on the left side of the motorcycle. This system is particularly effective in warm weather while stopped in traffic or for extended periods of low-speed operation, such as during staging for group rides or parades.

The 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin all of this cool technology was designed to support is a marvel of engineering, and is as functionally capable as they come. Featuring liquid cooling, four-valve cylinder heads and a single overhead cam setup for big-time mid-range power, the engine utilizes a pair of big pistons to pump out a massive quantity of torque over an unbelievably wide rpm range – a key to this engine’s superb flexibility. There’s a boatload of the stuff located throughout the rpm zone where riders will spend the most time – and more than enough from idle all the way to 5,000 rpm, so major-league, arm-straightening thrust is available right now every time you twist the grip.

The Voyager’s fuel injection and exhaust systems are tuned to deliver peak torque and horsepower at the optimal rpm for an open-road tourer. Voyager’s mufflers have excellent sound quality and a tapered, classic look. Additional touring functionality is provided by Voyager’s beefy but easy-to-squeeze hydraulic clutch, which features six damping springs and progressive three-stage engagement for easier shifting under hard acceleration.

The Voyager touring cruiser employs innovative technology matched with essential touring features such as electronic cruise control and a six-speed transmission with overdrive fifth and sixth gears. The cruise control is easily operated from the right handlebar and can be activated between 30 and 85 mph in any of the top four gears. Conveniently, the cruise control can be disengaged by pressing the brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake pedal, or by manually rolling off the throttle.

Featuring overdrive ratios and a super strong carbon fiber reinforced drive belt, the Voyager’s drivetrain is ideally suited to its role as a relaxed mile-eater. Its tall fifth and sixth gears contribute to relaxed riding and better fuel economy at highway speeds, and its carbon fiber reinforced drive belt has a 40-percent higher tensile strength than the latest Kevlar units, allowing use of a 28mm design that minimizes drivetrain width.

A long-haul tourer needs superior wind and weather protection, and the Voyager packs plenty in the form of its large frame-mounted windshield and fairing, as well as leg shields that incorporate effective venting to keep engine heat off the rider’s legs during slower going. Mounting this beautifully sculpted fairing to the frame transfers any wind buffeting to the bike rather than the handlebar, which reduces rider fatigue on longer trips.

A full complement of stylish and integrated luggage is also part of the Voyager package. Sealed, lockable and top-opening side cases with 10 gallons (38L) of volume partner with a color-matched, 13.2-gallon (50L) lockable tail trunk that’s big enough to swallow two large full-face helmets. Besides ample storage, the Voyager also has a pair of lockable glove boxes up front that provide a handy place for storing small items and accessories.

Comfortable seating for rider and passenger is a must on a touring bike. The Voyager delivers again with deluxe touring seats sculpted to provide support for all-day touring. Contributing to long-distance passenger security and relaxation are a luxury backrest and floorboards for both the rider and passenger.

Built-in instruments and radio controls mounted on the Voyager’s classic automotive-style dash offer exceptional functionality and classic muscle car styling. The image is reinforced by the classic font used on the large round dials of the instrumentation and a radio styled to resemble 8-track players from the 1960s.

A multi-function LCD display is mixed in with the retro analog dials in the center of the instrument console. It’s controlled by switches on the right handlebar and features a gear-position indicator, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption.

The intercom headset-compatible, 40-watt, twin-speaker audio system features navigation audio prompts, a three-band (FM/AM/WX) radio that is also compatible with iPods, an XM radio tuner, select GPS devices, or a CB radio unit. The audio system (and iPod) can be operated by an integrated controller on the left handlebar. In addition to volume, the rider can also adjust the bass, treble and balance levels of the system. Navigation audio prompt capability allows voice prompting audio to be heard through the speakers, or Genuine Kawasaki Accessory helmet headsets, when using Garmin Zumo 600/665 GPS units. For even more sound, the Genuine Kawasaki Accessories rear speaker kit plugs right into the Voyager’s factory sound system.

A water-cooled, rare earth magnet alternator produces an impressive 46.8 amps of electrical output – enough to power add-on navigation systems and other electrical accessories that add to the modern touring experience. The Voyager also features a convenient cigarette lighter-style power port on the dash and two power outlets under the seat – ideal for additional accessories.

Kawasaki designers packed the Voyager with advanced technology without dulling its dramatic styling and attractive visual appeal. Like the dashboard, the Voyager’s bodywork continues the ’60s muscle car inspiration with its curved, muscular lines. The meticulous attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship of the bodywork and engine covers is obvious in contoured shapes that look good from any angle and are as pleasing to the touch as they are to the eye.

This full-dress touring cruiser handles like a much lighter machine thanks to optimal chassis design and excellent suspension. Dual air shocks offer 3.1 inches of rear suspension travel and feature settings unique to the Voyager. The shocks feature 4-way rebound damping adjustability to help ensure predictable handling and a comfortable ride.

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.

Genuine Kawasaki Accessories are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers.



2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Key Features

Key Features

– 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 controlled, 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 the rider and passenger better wind protection 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 XM 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 improve rider comfort for all-day rides

– Includes a 36 month limited factory warranty. Optional supplementary plans offer a maximum of 36 additional months of Kawasaki’s Protection Plus™ coverage—bumping the total possible warranty to an amazing SIX YEARS!

Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS

– Voyager ABS features Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II system, which helps riders to execute controlled, 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 corners 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 4 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

– 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

– Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds

Digital Fuel Injection

– The touring-oriented Voyager utilizes DFI® and an exhaust system tuned to reach peak torque and horsepower at a higher rpm than the engines used in standard Vulcan 1700 cruisers

Electronic Throttle Valve System

– 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

– 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 30 mph and 85 mph

– 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

– Diagnostic system allows self-testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700

– Display codes on the instrumentation can be read by owner using accessory manual

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive

– 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

– Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Light Handling Chassis

- A more compact package than its predecessors, the Voyager has a shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between the seat and steering head, for comfortable rider ergonomics and easy maneuverability

- Designed to be as light and slim as possible, the frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require additional strength – the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket, and rear fender/shock absorber bracket

- 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 inches of travel helps provide excellent ride quality

Dual Adjustable Rear Air Shocks

- Features air-adjustable spring preload to help compensate for passenger and luggage variations

- 4-way rebound damping adjustments help tune the suspension to suit the rider’s prefference

- Voyager-specific settings match the load carrying and long distance touring requirements inherent in this type of motorcycle

9-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 NC 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


– 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 the 1960s

- 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®, XM 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 Genuine Kawasaki 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 necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart

Wind Protection

- Large windshield and fairing help protect the rider and passenger from 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


- Sculpted seat designed for both 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




2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Features and Benefits




2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $19,399 USD


Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin


1,700cc / 103.7 cu. in.

Bore x stroke:

102 x 104mm

Compression ratio:


Maximum torque:

108 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm


Liquid, plus cooling fins

Fuel Injection:

DFI® with dual 42mm throttle bodies


TCBI with Digital Advance


Six-speed with overdrive

Final drive:



Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone

Rake / trail:

30 degrees / 7.0 in.

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:


Rear tire:


Front brakes:

Dual 300 mm discs, dual four-piston calipers, K-ACT II ABS

Rear brake:

Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, K-ACT II ABS

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.


65.6 in.

Curb weight standard / ABS:

886 / 895 lbs.**

Fuel capacity:

5.3 gal.


Metallic Warm Gray / Metallic Spark Black,

Candy Fire Red / Metallic Warm Gray




36 Months

Kawasaki Protection Plus:

12, 24 and 36 month plans are available




2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


Type 4-stroke, V-Twin
Displacement 1,700cc
Bore and stroke 102.0 x 104.0 mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve system SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel system Digital fuel injection with dual 42 mm throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Cooling Liquid, plus cooling fins
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)


Rear: type Single 300 mm disc
Front: type Dual 300 mm discs
Front: calipers Dual 4-piston caliper
Rear: calipers Twin-piston caliper K-ACT ABS


Overall length 2,560 mm (100.8 in.)
Overall width 995 mm (39.2 in.)
Overall height 1,550 mm (61.0 in.)
Wheelbase 1,665 mm (65.6 in.)
Ground clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.)
Seat height 730 mm (28.7 in.)
Curb mass** 406 kg (895.0 lbs.)
Fuel capacity 20 litres (4.4 gal.)


Transmission 6-speed with overdrive
Final drive Carbon fiber belt
Primary reduction ratio 1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.933 (44/15)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.900 (38/20)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.407 (38/27)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.143 (32/28)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.967 (29/30)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.806 (29/36)
Final reduction ratio 2.250 (72/32)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Wheel travel: rear 80 mm (3.1 in.)
Tire: front 130/90-B16
Tire: rear 170/70-B16
Caster (rake) 30º
Trail 177 mm (7.0 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º


Maximum Power‡ 54 kW {73.4 PS} @ 5,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 136 N·m {13.9 kgƒ·m} @ 2,750 rpm


Suspension, front 45 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping

* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as "Your price" may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer's suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.