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Please help me to decide on buying a Voyager

Please help me to decide on buying a 2012 Voyager.
I like the fairing, wind protection, storage space, power, etc.
But, I am concerned on the weight, stability on windy days, performance, etc.
Are these bikes reliable? do they have enough passing power? any problems with the rear luggage box when riding on the highway and the wind is strong?
would you buy a Voyager again?
If I buy this bike, I will keep it for at least 5 years or longer.
I found a 2012 Voyager with 5,000 miles, nice condition, garage kept, for $10,500.00 out the door. Thanks for any help.
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I like mine .. 2013 Voyager .. They are heavy but not unmanageable. I changed the kickstand to a longer one ( off ebay from a 2000
vulcan classic $14 shipped ) that made a HUGE difference in moving it to upright after getting on. Power .. yes tons of it, especially after Ivan's Flash. I do notice the wind more than I did on my 1500 classic but still not a problem. I would absolutely buy another one.
The price you have is good. I paid $10500 for mine this spring with 10,000 miles on it from a Harley Dealer. GO FOR IT !!!!!
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Dont know much about 12s, just bought a new 16 for $12,999. Liked getting a 3 year warranty. Been out in some nasty winds already 75mph on freeway. Glad i had the weight. Seems really well balanced. Love bike, wished it had newer radio but not a dealbreaker.
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Thanks for your replies!
gmer140 I think you got a great deal on your 16. What dealer was that?
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Off Road Outlet Bad Axe Michigan. It was a new bike but 2016 model. Doesnt look any different than 17 except for diff color. From what ive read not change since kawi improved heat issue with addef rear fan in 2013? $1500 rebate on 16 model at that time.
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I think I'd look at 2016 models that are still on the lot if I were you. A guy on this site sold a 2013 recently with low miles for $9,500 or less. It had a lot of upgrades. As far as the bike, it is definitely reliable and stable. Due to the frame mounted fairing, wind does not push this bike around at all. No problems at all with the trunk or saddle bags. The only issues I can tell you of are: Heavy bike-can be hard to handle in parking lots. Right side of bike can be a little warm on your leg in the summer. A lot of folks have got the Ivan Flash which helps with several things including temperature. I have a 2013 Voyager and would buy it again in a second.

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Glenn just reminded me on weight. Dealer told me b carefull at stop turning slow coming from 900. My brother wanted 2 ride it the other day. Told him its lots heavier than his 1300 yamaha. Just about broke his ankle when it fell on him takimg off. Luckily he wasnt hurt and bike landed on front and rear crash bars.
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Yep, you can't let the bike tilt past the center of gravity. I have let mine hit the ground twice. Once backing out of garage onto slanted driveway. I let it get too far over and down it went. Second time was in a gravel parking lot and I hit the front brake, and again down it went.

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Glenn just reminded me on weight. Dealer told me b carefull at stop turning slow coming from 900. My brother wanted 2 ride it the other day. Told him its lots heavier than his 1300 yamaha. Just about broke his ankle when it fell on him takimg off. Luckily he wasnt hurt and bike landed on front and rear crash bars.

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Please help me to decide on buying a 2012 Voyager.
I like the fairing, wind protection, storage space, power, etc.
But, I am concerned on the weight, stability on windy days, performance, etc.
Are these bikes reliable? do they have enough passing power? any problems with the rear luggage box when riding on the highway and the wind is strong?
would you buy a Voyager again?
If I buy this bike, I will keep it for at least 5 years or longer.
I found a 2012 Voyager with 5,000 miles, nice condition, garage kept, for $10,500.00 out the door. Thanks for any help.
The Voyager is by far the best Value in a big cruiser, used or new. I see in your signature you have a custom. If you are not planning to keep it I recommend trading it in if you are dealing with a dealer. They are great mid-sized bikes that it is hard to get fair value out of in the used market.

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