2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

Extra large and in charge.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABSCRS

Except for the rabid supercharged H2 line, this, right here, is Kawasaki’s most expensive motorcycle. The Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS is also the company’s largest two-wheeled contrivance, boasting a 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin and a curb weight of 895 pounds. Actually, everything is plus-sized on the Voyager. The big motor grunts out a claimed 107.6 pound-feet of torque at just 2,750 rpm, the 65.6-inch wheelbase is just 8.1 inches shorter than that of a Smart Fortwo, the chassis has a kingly 7 inches of steering trail to promote high-speed stability, and the dual shocks have an air-assist system to help shoulder the load.

Creature comforts include a frame-mounted (the best kind) touring fairing with protective lower panels, a cozy passenger backrest, various cargo-storage solutions including stylish side cases and a top trunk, intercom and infotainment systems, and cruise control. Unusual features include automatic brake-force distribution (integrated with the standard ABS) to help the pilot maintain control while braking. Front and rear crash bars add some security in the event of a tip-over.

Likes: Low-rpm torque peak, belt final drive, comfortable seats

Dislikes: Weighs nearly 900 pounds, not including rider, passenger, or luggage

Verdict: A big bike for a big country

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS Specs and Pricing

MSRP $17,499