Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classica vs. Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager - Tour De Divorce
Pairing Up This Year's Two Hottest Traveling Companions
By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Jamie Elvidge, Kevin Wing
2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager | Price: $16,799 (As Tested: $17,899)
|Engine type: l-c 50-deg. V-twin||Rear brake: Single Tokico two-piston caliper, 300mm disc||Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 42/32/35 mpg|
|Valve train: SOHC, 8v||Front tire: 130/90-B16 Bridgestone Exedra||Availability: Now|
|Displacement: 1700cc||Rear tire: 170/70-B16 Bridgestone Exedra||Warranty: 36 mo./unlimited mi.|
|Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 104.0mm||Rake/trail: 30.0 deg./7.0 in.||Contact: |
Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
|Compression: 9.5:1||Seat height: 28.7 in.|
|Fuel system: EFI||Wheelbase: 65.6 in.|
|Clutch: Wet, multi-plate||Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.|
|Transmission: 6-speed||Weight (tank full/empty): 899/867 lbs.|
|Frame: Steel double-cradle||Measured horsepower: 65.9 bhp @ 5000 rpm|
|Front suspension: 45mm Showa fork||Measured torque: 84.3 lb.-ft. @ 2750 rpm|
|Rear suspension: Twin Showa shocks with air-adjustable preload and rebound damping||Corrected 1/4-mile: 14.71 sec. @ 86.32 sec.|
|Front brake: Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 300mm discs||Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 10.62 sec.|
More displacement, twice the valve count and a jacket of cooling liquid around each cylinder help the Kawasaki churn out 2 more horses than the Harley. Though the Vulcan weighs 22 pounds more, twisting its throttle yields greater forward progress thanks to 6 lb.-ft. more torque.
The Vulcan benefits from a larger windscreen and vented lower fairings that make all the difference on chilly evenings. Both these landboats feel like Lay-Z-Boys, but the Vulcan has a slightly larger cockpit. An extra inch of legroom and higher bars make the Kawasaki more welcoming to taller riders.
By Jamie Elvidge
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