2010 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 ABS from United States of America
After 13 years of ownership, I've been very satisfied with it
Having a motorcycle of some sort my whole life, I'd dreamed of having a heavy cruiser. Finally got one in 2010. After a lot of research, I decided on this Voyager ABS 1700 over the Harley comparable bikes because of the rough idling people report on the Harleys. Also, the Kawasaki had features that the Harleys didn't, like full engine and rear bag guards (in case of a drop). I have never had the misfortune of using them, but they are very solid and I can see how they could prevent a lot of damage, or a leg for that matter, in case of a spill. The sound system and electronics at the time also was superior to the Harleys.
I've been extremely satisfied with this bike. It is superb out on the open road. It is extremely stable. As big and heavy as it is, it's well balanced and easy to maneuver on curvy roads. When I first got it, it had Dunlop tires. They wore out fairly quickly, and I replaced them with Michelin Commander tires. Wow, what a difference that made. It made the bike much more maneuverable at low speeds, and even more stable at high speeds. Further, the tire wear (after 12,000 miles), is almost unnoticeable. They've already doubled the tire wear over the 2 previous sets of Dunlops the dealer installed.
Oil changes and most maintenance are fairly easy for a DIY'er. The costs to maintain the bike is comparatively very low.
If there is a complaint, it would be that Kawasaki hasn't done anything to improve the brand since mine was built 13 years ago, and there really has been no reason for me to upgrade because of it. My bike is in as good of shape now as it was when new, and I am enjoying it as much now as back then, perhaps more (although I don't get out much anymore).
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th July, 2023