I'm interested in buying a Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS from 2010, and I'd appreciate your help with my purchasing decision.
The price in dollars is 9,700 US dollars. That's the lowest the dealer is willing to go. I'll also be taking it back to my country so I'm looking at about 2,000 more dollars of expenses to have it here. So I'm looking at about 12,000 US dollars for this beauty to cost me. Not too happy with the total cost.
The mileage on the bike is 16,144 miles.
The bike is beautiful indeed. Metallic grey with black lines. Bike looks to be in good order, no apparent damage. Only had 1 previous owner.
The bike has ABS which for me is a MUST HAVE. My next bike must have ABS. I own a Vulcan 900 and I'm looking to upgrade from the 900 to a 1700 Nomad or Voyager. I'd even consider a 1700 Classic if it has ABS. I'm looking for a powerful highway ride that turns head and that isn't too cumbersome to ride in town. I was thinking of getting the VTX 1800 or Vulcan 2000 and kitting them out as a tourer, but they have no ABS. These two bike models should tell you the lines that I'm interested in.
On the other hand, I seriously dislike something like a Goldwing and I've never been a fan of fairings like the Voyager has (although that could change). I like tractor-like mean-looking machines that are thick and huge, hence why I love the VTX 180 and Vulcan 2000. Not sure if the Voyager is like that as I've never seen one in person.
Back to the bike, this bike is a 2010 model, and I'm aware that there were some kinks on 2009 models. Apparently the 1700 Voyager and Nomad got a major revamp in 2012 as Kawasaki fixed the noisy belt/transmission and a better smoother ride with less jerking. I'm used to the VERY smooth ride of my 900, although I know that there's to be some jerkiness with the 1700 powerhouse. Still, I don't want shaft-drive type of jerkiness and I prefer belt drive by far.
What should I be looking out for this 2010 Voyager model? Anything that I'd be inspecting or asking the dealer to inspect?
Were the heat issues, noisy belt and jerky tranny fixed by the 2010 model? I've read that the Voyager especially gets VERY hot because of the lower leg protection. Apparently the 2009 model was hell and Kawasaki fixed it by 2012. Does the 2010 have this big issue?
How should I go about asking the dealer if the bike had any reported callbacks fixed? Does Kawasaki give out official papers stating they've fixed any callback issues?
I have Tsukayu fiberglass bags and tour trunk in my 900, which they're all lined inside (and which I absolutely love!). What's the material on the bags and tour trunk for this 2010 Voyager? I believe they're plastic, but would like to ask your opinion. Do they break easily? Are they lined inside all across the bags/tour trunk?
Is the seating position really THAT different to the 1700 Classic? I like more the stretched-out position of my 900 or the 1700 Classic. I've read that the Nomad and Voyager have a more knees-at-90-degrees-angle position, similar to the Harley Davidson bikes. I don't fancy this too much, but I could absolutely change my mind when I try the bike.
I was looking at 1700 Nomads with ABS, but came across this Voyager puppy, which is why I'm willing to consider it. But for an overall 12,000 bucks... Not too sure about this one. I'm actually a more the simpler-the-better kind of guy when it comes to motorcycles. The additional stuff on the 1700 Nomad is as far as I'd like to go in terms of extra goodies, but, hey why not enjoy the additional goodies of a Voyager too?
Here are some pics. Many thanks for any help!
P.S. If you need more pictures, please let me know.