2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
Cruisers make up 35% of the total street and dirt bikes sold in the U.S., and Kawasaki is addressing this market with a new cruiser, the Vulcan 1700. This new Vulcan line is in the final design stages and was presented at last weekend's dealer meeting in full detail. Everything was brought to the show except the horsepower and fuel efficiency ratings of this platform that supports four models.
Kawasaki is retiring the old 1600cc V-Twin cruiser powerplant in favor of this new engine and chassis that underpins four new models. It starts with the basic Vulcan Classic stripped-down cruiser, then morphs into the Classic LT version with a windshield and bags. The Nomad adds a larger windshield and hard saddlebags, along with a new cruise control. The top-of-the-line model is a new Voyager full-dresser in ABS and non-ABS versions.
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