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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-21-2018, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Question for voyager 1700 owners

I have a 900 classic LT and a goldwing for longer trips. I just sat on a new 2018 voyager 1700 and fell in love.

So I am asking anyone who has a late model,say, 2016-2018 , 1700 and give me your opinion on the bike, the up's and down's.

If I buy this new bike the 900 and the goldwing need to go and I would hate to make a bad move and miss them after it's too late.

I do plan to visit the dealership again and ask for a test ride.
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I ride a 15 Voyager that I bought new in 16. I have 23K+ miles on it so far. I've only spent about an hour riding a 08 1800 GW but that gave me most of the info I needed.

I loved the power and smoothness of the flat 6 in the GW. Hated the lack of foot room and wasn't thrilled with foot position. The old timer in me loved that it had buttons for everything and most buttons appeared to be single use. Everything else seemed okay, at least with my limited time on the bike.

The only thing I don't like about the Voyager is the motor. Not that there's anything wrong with it, I'm just not a fan of V-twins but the V-twin gives me the foot position/room that I want. Otherwise it's a very competent bike that handles well, has plenty of storage and with a few performance upgrades it will keep most riders happy.

The Voyager is a little more Old School than the GW. For me that's a plus.
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re: vtwins.

I really liked the Yamaha V4 engines that were in the Venture and Tour Deluxe series until 2012 as well as souped up in the Vmax. Very smooth and powerful with a comfortable riding position for me.

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Thanks D-Dub,seems we think a lot alike.

If I had the money I'd buy the new yamaha transcontinental package but thats not in my price range,in fact the only thing close in a new bike ( that I like ) is the voyager.
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I ride 2015 that i got new in 2016.
My story is fairly similar... I was riding 2007 Yamaha Royal Venture, and even though I really liked that bike I wanted something more 21st century without the cassette tape deck
I would love the new Yamaha or the new goldwing, but unfortunately those are way too much for my pocket.
After some research and test rides I decided to go with Voyager.
I jumped on this forum to look for any issues with the bike and almost immediately I found lots of info about bike running hot etc.
Long story short, I got the bike, got the ECU flashed by Ivan, and so far I really love the bike, and do not see changing it anytime soon.

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Sounds like I'm not alone. If Yamaha had just put fuel injection on the Venture I'd own one. I owned a first Gen Venture Royale, 3 Honda Magnas 1st & 2nd Gen and those V4's are awesome. I was waiting for Yamaha to update the Venture but after 4 years waiting I bought the Voyager. When they announced the new Venture with an air-cooled V-twin I was super disappointed.
This is the first time in my life that nobody is selling a bike I want to buy. Weird for sure.
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How bout the air flow ? On my 900 even with a fairing I get buffeted with wind, but on the goldwing I don't get any wind at all....but whats it like riding the voyager ? Is the windshield tall enough,do you get too much wind or is it fine ?

I am going for a test ride Friday if all goes well.
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How bout the air flow ? On my 900 even with a fairing I get buffeted with wind, but on the goldwing I don't get any wind at all....but whats it like riding the voyager ? Is the windshield tall enough,do you get too much wind or is it fine ?

I am going for a test ride Friday if all goes well.
I'm very happy with the wind protection of the Voyager. IIRC the GW I rode gave a little more protection. But opinions on wind protection and buffeting vary wildly.
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Hey,
Yeah I have had a Harley ultra classic, Yamaha V star, Honda Shadow saber. For the money you cannot beat the Voyager. The Honda was just an 1100 cruiser, Harley I Paid $28,00 for new in 2006 rode it 6 years then sold it bought the V Star 1300 Deluxe I liked it with the bat wing fairing and saddle bags but I missed that 6th gear and cruise control so I bought my 2016 Voyager new in 2017 for $12,399 I did invest a little more into it with the Ivan flash, Cobra slipons, Alley cat intake those 3 things made all the difference performance wise. Then added GPS rear speakers upgraded front speakers and clarion amp, Corbin seat, lowered bike an inch (because I'm short & fat) and few more odds and ends all in all I'm back up to the sticker price of around $17,000 and I have an awesome bike I love to ride and still a lot cheaper than the Harley I had.
The only draw backs from new stock is:
1. It is slow to respond not a lot of power ( Ivans flash cures that for $399)
2. It does sit high (I'm 5'9" and would be on my tip toes at a stop until I lowered the bike 1" (Progressive fork spring lowering kit $99 , and I went with a lowering bracket you can get on ebay for $125 that repositions the lower rear shock mount however there is some saddle bag frame modification that has to be done cutting and welding
Progressive makes a shorter rear shock no mod required $499)
3. It does run hot but all big bikes do

Other than those things I which are problems that I solved with the modifications I really like it
It handles and maneuvers well, great power with mods, comfortable behind windshield at high speeds 85+ no buffeting
I am very happy with it after 1 yr and 7500 miles
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Thanks everyone,this is the kind of info I was looking for..........
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