17 Oktober 2010

VOYAGER 1700

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Kawasaki Voyager 1700...salah satu motorsikal 'cruiser' yang begitu lama bertahan...seangkatan dengan Honda Gold Wing...

Termasuk dalam kategori 'Touring Cruiser'...amat sesuai digunakan jika selalu 'long distance'...Harga pun boleh tahan...dalam lingkungan RM128,000....murah sikit dari Honda Gold Wing...

Berikut adalah review yang dipetik dari Motorcyclecruiser.com..

"When it first hit the street last year, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager was touted by Kawasaki as the first "full-dress metric V-twin touring bike".
That makes for a great sound bite, but there were a few niggles. Quite a few journalists (and buyers) derided the bike's heat-generating qualities, which roasted many a touring rider's right leg en route.
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Right Side View
Team Green Product Guru Paul Golde debriefed us about the onboard, pre-installed gadgets at Kawasaki HQ before we hit the road, pointing out the added Helmet Speaker Kit and Headset Connection Kits, as well as a CB radio kit (manipulated via the handlebar controls), which, along with the Rider Communication Kit, upgraded the rider headset for intercom and CB Radio use.
All of these were plugged into the bikes' wiring harnesses with the requisite adapters. It was the iPod Adaptor Kit though, that instantly piqued everyone's interest.
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Front Left Side View
Settling into the Voyager's soft, dished 28.7 inch tall seat, I instantly remembered how well this bike fit me the first time I sat in it.
There's not a lot of rear-end cushioning, but it's humanely situated, and with a low center of gravity, shoving off was a nerve-free affair.
I realize I'm a short human (5'7"), and that the rider's triangle on the Voyager is considered to be compact, especially for a touring motorcycle.
But it fit me to a tee, and I'd be the one riding it for the next 3 days. Coupled with an upright riding position and a blissfully short reach to the bars, the close-in floorboards also allowed for more immediate control and input (at least in my case; I remembered that most of the six-footers that rode this thing on our test said the ergonomics felt cramped over long hauls).
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Rear View
Unfortunately, I'd forgotten that the higher rpms is where the mechanical noise was being generated too.
Decelerating hard on a downhill, you still heard the drivetrain whine, which also made for some vibration in the saddle.
But, like my first time on the bike, these nits didn't in any way spoil the ride for me.
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Ipod Kit And Compartment
The roads can get pretty monotonous in the high desert, and that's where we found the onboard entertainment a saving grace.
You'd think that cranking the tunes on a 40-watt audio system at speed would be a washout, especially on the Voyager's measly two-speaker system, but we found the sound audible and pretty healthy even at 55-per, and most of us opted to use the onboard speakers more and more as the trip wore on.
The helmet headsets' sound quality just didn't do it for us, whether we tapped into them for music or for our CB communications.
All of us preferred the iPod Kit's setup and ease of operation over that of the CB's, but much of that came down to personal preference and dubious sound quality from the 'phones.
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Cb Accessory Plug In
As we prepared to part ways back at Kawasaki Motorcycles' USA headquarters in Irvine, California, the riders compared notes about our time on the road.
It was interesting to me that - in the absence of bikes for comparison - everyone, to a man, found the three days on the Voyager to be a happy (or at least neutral) affair.

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