Join Date: May 2017
Location: Alberta, Canada
Year/Make/Model: 2013 Kawasaki 1700 Voyager
Herky-Jerky, gearing issues or what?
Hi all, I have seen this discussion many times but now I'm actually more confused.
This is to do with the Voyagers behavior and Ivanizing.
Herky-Jerky: Many are using g this term to describe how the 1700 abruptly accels and decels when travelling at slow speeds in the lower gears. I thought Ivanize was gonna fix it but some say it is worse. Me, I don't know what think.
I bought the bike last year, a 2013 Voyager all stock. I didn't find the "herky-jerky" too bad but what I didnt like was how sluggish it was.
I got it Ivanized this spring. Definitely noticed a difference in the acceleration / power band, it's awesome.
However the so called "herky-jerky" has me wondering if there's something wrong with my Ivan tune.
Our slowest speed limits here (except for school zones) is 50km/hr (about 30 miles per hour). If I stay in 2nd it feels like I'm revving it a bit high, but if I go to 3rd it feels better as far as the revving but then I do experience the touchy throttle, aka the herky-jerky. It goes away if I go faster / higher revs in third. Same issue between 3rd and 4th. Once I get to highway speeds everything seems to be good then.
I've also heard on forums that guys adjust their throttles with less play and there's some sort of way of modding the throttle with a PVC ring. I also heard, dirty air filter or maybe throttle body issue.
This is the first bike I've ever had , where I've been confused about the gearing and revs and I've been riding street since 16 years old.
If I crawl the bike in congested traffic in 1st or 2nd it feels fine, I'm amazed how well I'm controlling a big bike at slow speeds.
Is there an issue with my Ivan tune? Is it normal to take second all the way up to and above 50km or 60km (30 or 35miles)? Same idea with 3rd gear?
Does everyone have this? Should I lessen the throttle play or mod it? This has all got me second guessing and confused.
I would appreciate feedback on this.
Thanks in advance.
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