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Looking 'model year' advice on Voyager 1700's. I'm thinking about buying a used 2010 ~2015 Voyager. I've read that heat management was a problem with earlier Voyagers and I believe there's a kit that can be added that mimic the later Kawasaki fix. Are there other design difference that would make a later model Voyager much more desirable than an earlier model if they both had similar mileage and were in similar shape? Are there issues to look out for with earlier or later models? Thanks for any advice.
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Hey,

I just got brand new 2015 10 days ago, and while I may not have all the answers I can tell you that the "heat issue" is still there.
My temp gauge stays anywhere between 1 to 2 bars from the H mark in slow speeds.
I just did 1000km ride on Sunday and due to the colder weather and the speed, the heat gauge stayed below half mark, so it is not bad all the time.

When I was looking for the advice on the Vulcan before I bought it, people on this forum recommended Ivan's ECU re-flash for the bike.
This will fix and correct many "issues".
I haven't done it yet, but I am planning to, after the riding season ends here.

Here is the link: Ivan's Performance Products

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Hey,

I just got brand new 2015 10 days ago, and while I may not have all the answers I can tell you that the "heat issue" is still there.
My temp gauge stays anywhere between 1 to 2 bars from the H mark in slow speeds.
I just did 1000km ride on Sunday and due to the colder weather and the speed, the heat gauge stayed below half mark, so it is not bad all the time.

When I was looking for the advice on the Vulcan before I bought it, people on this forum recommended Ivan's ECU re-flash for the bike.
This will fix and correct many "issues".
I haven't done it yet, but I am planning to, after the riding season ends here.

Here is the link: Ivan's Performance Products

Have a good one.
If what you describe doesn't affect performance , it is not an issue.

The heat issue most have with the voyager is a rider comfort issue. Too damn hot to ride slow during the summer. It doesn't generate any more heat than the Nomads, but all the fairings keep the heat longer.
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Hi Folks:

Looking 'model year' advice on Voyager 1700's. I'm thinking about buying a used 2010 ~2015 Voyager. I've read that heat management was a problem with earlier Voyagers and I believe there's a kit that can be added that mimic the later Kawasaki fix. Are there other design difference that would make a later model Voyager much more desirable than an earlier model if they both had similar mileage and were in similar shape? Are there issues to look out for with earlier or later models? Thanks for any advice.
The KAMS was created to improve rider comfort my moving the heat from the radiator and rear exhaust head away from the rider. The unintended result from the KAMS install was that the engine runs a little hotter.

There was nothing about the '12 and later Voyagers that called me to trade my '10 in on one.

Find a bargain, buy it, and make it your own with the money saved.

I never added the KAMS on mine because I rarely rode in traffic, and had other bikes to ride in the heat of summer.

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Don't let the lack of the KAMS on the pre 2012 Voyagers stop you from buying one. I have a 2011 and the 2 biggest things I did for heat management were to wrap the pipes and added a heat shield that covers the gap between the tank and seat helping to deflect the heat from rising straight up and cooking me.

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Hi Folks:

Looking 'model year' advice on Voyager 1700's. I'm thinking about buying a used 2010 ~2015 Voyager. I've read that heat management was a problem with earlier Voyagers and I believe there's a kit that can be added that mimic the later Kawasaki fix. Are there other design difference that would make a later model Voyager much more desirable than an earlier model if they both had similar mileage and were in similar shape? Are there issues to look out for with earlier or later models? Thanks for any advice.
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If what you describe doesn't affect performance , it is not an issue.

The heat issue most have with the voyager is a rider comfort issue. Too damn hot to ride slow during the summer. It doesn't generate any more heat than the Nomads, but all the fairings keep the heat longer.
When the temp gets up high enough for the fan to kick in it actually retards the ignition a certain amount which definitely does affect performance. There are things that can be done tho, such as adding a manual fan switch, header wrap, Ivan's ECU flash, etc which other people have mentioned.

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When the temp gets up high enough for the fan to kick in it actually retards the ignition a certain amount which definitely does affect performance. There are things that can be done tho, such as adding a manual fan switch, header wrap, Ivan's ECU flash, etc which other people have mentioned.
My fan only came on when sitting at an extremely long light. The fan would bring the temp down and shut off. Never had the fan run while riding, so never a performance issue.

Starting to sound like the '09-'11 bikes are the desirable ones to own, unless you ride in traffic all the time.

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I have a '14 and heat still an issue. Always running in the top half of gauge. And performance does drop off when it gets high. I've added a BAK and Vance & Hines pipes and it does run alot cooler now.
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Not much difference between 2009 and 2010 models, 2011 models got some transmission improvements (less whine and easier shifting), 2012 got the air management system and GPS interface with the radio, 2013 and on I think no further changes except color.
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Thanks for the details gv.
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