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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager 2009

Submitted by on April 5, 2012 – 4:00 amNo Comment

Kawasaki says that 86% of the cruiser market is in big-bore form, so it’s dropped the 1600cc engine and supplied the Vulcans with a 1700cc long-stroke V-Twin powerplant based on the Vulcan 2000. But instead of the V-2000’s pushrod-actuated overhead-valve arrangement, the new 1700s use single-overhead cams. Compared to the old 1600, the 1700 is said to produce 15% more torque and 20% more horsepower. Kawi claims a beefy torque peak of 108 ft-lbs at 2750 rpm, with a horsepower peak of 89 at 5000 revs. Twin counterbalancers keep vibes from the single-pin crankshaft from being objectionable. Its liquid-cooling is assisted by cylinder fins.

The powerplant is backed by a 6-speed transmission that offers overdrive ratios in the top two gears. It sends thrust rearward through a new 28mm wide carbon-fiber-based belt drive with 40% more strength than a Kevlar belt found on all the Nomad models. The narrower belt is said to be more flexible and forgiving than a shaft-drive when working with the high torque outputs of the big-bore cruiser.

A new single-backbone, double-cradle steel frame ties everything together, using some forged-steel parts for a weight reduction of 4.4 pounds and a rigidity increase of 40%. Its claimed curb weight is 761 pounds. A shorter distance from the seat to the steering head keeps it more manageable than the stretched out Vulcan 2000, as does a tidier 65.6-inch wheelbase. Its seat height is set at a cruiser-low 28.4 inches.

The Kawasaki Advanced Co-Active Braking Technology (K-ACT) is Kawi’s answer to ABS linked brakes and exclusive to the V17V ABS model. It is engineered to unobtrusively enhance the rider’s ability with more efficient and effective braking of the motorcycle. The K-ACT system is what they call a smart system, automatically disengaging under 12 mph to alleviate the herky-jerky start and stops often found on linked brake systems at parking lot speeds. When maneuvering that much bike about tight turns, it helps to know exactly how, when and how much braking pressure is making it to the wheels.

The 2009 Voyager will come in Candy Diamond Red, Two-tone: Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Diablo Black and Two-tone: Metallic Titanium / Metallic Diablo Black and will be smartly priced in competition with the Harley-Davidson Ultra, but no prices have been given at this time.

Along with the new Vulcan 1700s, Kawi’s 2009 line will also include the popular Vulcan 900 LT, Classic and Customs. For 2009 you’ll also find the Eliminator 125, the last year for the Vulcan 500 LTD and the Vulcan 2000 in base, Classic and Classic LT trims.

otomaps.com source article: www.netcarshow.com www.motorcycle.com www.roushperformance.com

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