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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-01-2014, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Time for another Vulcan(Voyager)

Been buying and selling bikes for 20 years as a hobby. Now that I'm getting older(47) I want another full blown tourer. Had it narrowed down to the following:

Goldwing GL1800
Ultra Classic
Venture
Voyager

The Goldwing rocks but I decided I wanted a big V-twin this time and wanted to stretch out more than the Goldwing permits.

The Ultra Classic is cool and all but here in FLA I didnt want to deal with the air cooled engine as summer heat is insane. In addition, at idle the shake doesnt appeal to me.

The Venture is carburated and only 1300 cc so its more a higher revving powerplant to make power.

While the Voyager isnt perfect, I did fall in love with it on a recent test ride. The lack of standard heated grips, seat, Intercom connections and CB is a bummer but then again the prices on them are very good.

I found one out of state and after a day of negotiating I struck a deal on a 2012 Grey/black ABS with only 2,900 miles for $10,250. Its an unmolested bike thats in like new condition.

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Shorter windshield with Goldwing-like adjustable vent.
Driver backrest
Intercom connections
CB

Sad part is my buddy who will do the inspection/evaluation and purchase will have the bike in his garage till December. Oh the wait is going to kill me!!

Craig
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I have a 2012, White/gold, and love it. Am sure you'll be happy with your choice.

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Instead of adding intercom connections to the bike - have you considered simply adding bluetooth devices to your helmets? My wife & I use Sena units, and they're better than anything else we've ever tried.

Take a look at Avon's heated grips too... You'll have to get inventive with the controller mount, but the grips themselves are an easy fit.

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Rick, You got the best color combo for 2012! A riding friend of mine has your combo and its stunning.

Peg, we all have the Sena SMH-10 units and we do like them however all the touring peeps in our group use CB too. Our Senas are good but we do on occasion have difficulty with them as they are line of sight with a limited range, only can have up to four intercom and if you want to also pair in a phone or GPS device with three or more people the Senas get taxed. I'm certain the SMH-20 is improved but we aren't all going to re-invest in them.

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Instead of adding intercom connections to the bike - have you considered simply adding bluetooth devices to your helmets? My wife & I use Sena units, and they're better than anything else we've ever tried.

Take a look at Avon's heated grips too... You'll have to get inventive with the controller mount, but the grips themselves are an easy fit.
Agreed. The Sena units do work great. Because it's a blue tooth, and can be paired with your phone, you can receive/make phone calls as well.
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You got the best color.............

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You got the best color.............
Bubba, Is the Black portion of the Voyager a "metallic"?

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No.. and I have gold pin stripe....

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No.. and I have gold pin stripe....
I wonder if the 2011 and 2012 Black was the same.

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I'm looking to upgrade to one of those from my 9. I test rode a 2011 & I couldn't believe how similar it feels to the 900. Nimble, easy to throw around & almost same! Now I'm hooked & must get my hands on one.
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