If the Vaquero is Kawasaki’s proof that Japanese bike brands can make baggers just as badass as the ones by Indian or Harley-Davidson, the Voyager proves that they’re capable of producing full dressers with just as much skill. Made to rival pavement-devouring monsters like the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited or Indian Super Chief, the 2022 Voyager offers a comparable luxury touring experience for just $18,299 USD / $21,199 CAD—a relative steal.
If that’s got you thinking this is a “budget bike” though, think again—remember, Kawasaki doesn’t half-ass their bikes. The 2022 Voyager is still a beast, with a 1,700cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC 8-valve V-twin engine that churns out 72.4 HP @ 5,000 rpm and 107.6 lb-ft of torque @ 2,70 rpm. Frame-mounted fairings and integrated luggage, plus an intercom-headset compatible audio system and rider aides like K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking Technology) ABS round out the package, making this one serious touring machine.
As the largest and heaviest touring cruiser among Kawasaki’s motorcycle offerings for 2022, the Voyager is a fantastic buy for those of you who love comfortable long-distance cruising. This year’s model comes in Pearl Robotic White / Pearl Nightshade Teal.
6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
45mm Showa telescopic fork/5.5 in
Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping/3.1 in
Dual 300mm discs, dual four-piston calipers, K-ACT II ABS
Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, K-ACT II ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity
Pearl Robotic White/Pearl Nightshade Teal
Kawasaki Protection Plus
12, 24, or 36 months
2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Features
Electronic Cruise Control
Electronic Cruise Control allows a desired speed (engine rpm) to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.
Dual Throttle Valves
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.
On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency is improved and power is increased.
At its heart, K-ACT ABS is an advanced anti-lock braking system, designed to keep tires from locking up during braking. But K-ACT ABS was designed to be used on touring models weighing in excess of 300 kg (661 lb) – and that is before adding a passenger and luggage.
Complementing its standard ABS function, K-ACT ABS links the front and rear brakes. It monitors the brake force the rider is exerting at both the front and rear, and takes into consideration vehicle speed to ensure highly effective braking while maintaining chassis stability.
For example, let’s say the rider pulls on the front brake lever. To keep the bike from pitching forward, the ABS ECU actuates the rear brake (via fluid pumps) to ensure that front-rear balance is maintained. Should the rider push the rear brake pedal, the system actuates the front brake as well to distribute the load more evenly so that the rear wheel does not lock up. Based on the vehicle speed, K-ACT decides the optimum hydraulic pressure to send to each caliper, ensuring that even with a heavy motorcycle, stable braking performance is possible.
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