Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I spend a lot of time on 55mph roads and average 44 on my Vaquero. I think the Vaquero averages a bit more than the Voyager; so that's something to be consider.
It works out to about a 160 mile range. I got gas at 180 miles the other day and put 4.8 gallons in. That's cutting it close. So, realistically, I'll plan for 160 miles. That IS disappointing coming off of a 900 where 225+ miles range was typical. To put it in other terms, my 900 could ride for an hour or so more without stopping for gas. But it is what it is.
So you need to decide if that range is unacceptable or not. It's somewhat of a non-issue for me because I usually ride with my wife and she only has about a 160 mile range as well. So if she needs to stop anyway, whatever. But I do wish it was bigger.
Truth is though, that's kind of average for motorcycles. H-D's touring platform on certain models extends around 6 gallons and will get you 200 miles or so. Same with a Goldwing GL1800, you'll get 200~225 miles on a tank. And really, that's the top end of touring bikes. About 60 miles more than what you'll get on a Voyager; or about what you get on a VN900.
Unless you're in remote areas out west you probably aren't going to be 160 miles between fuel stops. And if you are, I'd suggest taking fuel on with you. 2 1-gallon saddlebag gas cans, one in each saddlebag, and one more in the trunk should get you another 100 miles, give or take. There's a guy on here who mounted a 5 gallon beer keg to his passenger seat and filled it with gas. Or for your long trips, get you a trailer hitch and a trailer and store your gear and toss a couple 5 gallon gas cans in there! There are options! And if you go the trailer route, you could get a Vaquero which comes in way cooler color options! (Because whadya need the trunk for?)
If range is end-all be-all, then you'll need to broaden your horizons to sport-touring bikes. The Kawasaki Concours has a 5.8 gallon tank and a fuel economy assist mode, and you can get 7 gallons into certain BMW models. Both flirt with around 40mpg.
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 04-20-2015 at 01:58 PM.