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)

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 50-deg. V-twinRear brake: Single Tokico two-piston caliper, 300mm discFuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 42/32/35 mpg
Valve train: SOHC, 8vFront tire: 130/90-B16 Bridgestone ExedraAvailability: Now
Displacement: 1700ccRear tire: 170/70-B16 Bridgestone ExedraWarranty: 36 mo./unlimited mi.
Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 104.0mmRake/trail: 30.0 deg./7.0 in.Contact:
Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
Compression: 9.5:1Seat height: 28.7 in.
Fuel system: EFIWheelbase: 65.6 in.
Clutch: Wet, multi-plateFuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Transmission: 6-speedWeight (tank full/empty): 899/867 lbs.
Frame: Steel double-cradleMeasured horsepower: 65.9 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Front suspension: 45mm Showa forkMeasured torque: 84.3 lb.-ft. @ 2750 rpm
Rear suspension: Twin Showa shocks with air-adjustable preload and rebound dampingCorrected 1/4-mile: 14.71 sec. @ 86.32 sec.
Front brake: Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 300mm discsTop-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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