Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 Review

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 from United States of America

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki VN800B Classic


Outstanding ride!


Micro switch on the foot brake got out of adjustment, telling the cruise control the brake was on, causing the cruise control to fail to engage. A simple adjustment solved the problem.

General Comments:

Stereo head unit is good; has option to run an iPod or iPhone from the handlebar controls.

The stereo speakers are sub standard, and the head unit wattage output is also sub standard; added an amplifier and new speakers to correct the problem.

Bike runs hot, temp gauge was about 3/4 right out of the dealership; dealer says this is normal for this bike. When I replaced the factory mufflers with Cobra Tri Oval slip-ons, the bike runs cooler and performs better.

The grips are not the best; replaced with Kuryakyn.

Passenger comfort is outstanding, but the passenger floorboards are too far forward, and interfere with the driver's legs at a stop, especially trying to back up the bike. I made custom steel brackets and moved the floorboards down and back 1.5 inches. I like placement much better, as does my passenger.

I love this bike; the low speed handling and balance is excellent. Air shocks and adjustments allow you to ride the way you want to. We ride two up comfortably for hours. No regrets, a lot of motorcycle for the money.

I would buy this bike again? No question about it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2013

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review