New to me Voyager, story and thoughts...
Been riding an 04 Victory Kingpin which I bought new. Has 52000 miles on her and I love the bike. Was working on bagging it, already has a batwing with tunes, hard bags, a Champion tour pack. The plan was to roll to the 100K mark which the Vic will do easily but, made the mistake of looking at the true baggers out there. Wanted a frame mounted fairing so Road Glide or Voyager.
Was ready to pull the trigger on an 06 RG with 8000 miles, clean, cruise and that was it. Looked at a 2011 Voyager at a stealer with 12000 miles on it. Was less than impressed. It was loaded all the gizmo's, piped etc. Ran like crap and back fired a ton. Did the research here and at other Kaw forums and figured the 2011 was not tuned right the asking price was up there, shy of $15K.
Kept looking and about a month ago finally found a virtually new 09 with rear speakers, IPod dock and bag liners, 2250 miles on it. Rode it, ran good everything worked. Long story involving the evil "marriage" word etc... Gave a bit over $9K. Picked up a few days before a 10 day family trip to SD, Wyoming and Colorado. Home now for 5 days and been riding the crap out of it. Already up to 3400 miles and very happy so far. My thoughts and where I'm headed...
Best looking bagger imho out there. Blue/Black is spectacular.
Rides nice, handles way better than expected.
Clutch is good.
Radio is good. Just picked up a donor Ipod nano which I'm figuring out.
Cruise is a nice feature and easy to use.
Stock seat is comfy and daughter loves the passenger space.
Added the Grasshopper drivers backrest.
Tons of storage
Outstanding headlight and spots.
All in all very impressed.
Tranny is clunky. (not a real concern just oh well)
Belt squeal. (easy enough, will adjust it out)
Heat as expected. (Stage 1 tune and see what we have)
Windshield is ginormous. (Adj windshield 8"-12" on the way from a member here, thank you)
Slight hesitation with throttle. (RacinRay mod someday)
My only concern is the inner fairing and potential for cracking as it does seem to flex under acceleration or running down the bumpy back country roads / M highways with the road heaves. Heard of a few that have actually cracked but really not much I can do about it proactively.
Where I'm headed...
Going stage 1... V&H slash cut, PCV and Chucksters air intake within the next two weeks.
Beyond my recap I wanted to throw a Thankyou out to the members here for the education and input that assisted with the decision.
No, the Kingpin is not for sale, will never sell it.
BUT, my 99 Titan Gecko may go...
Pics after I get off my lazy rear and post them,...
PS, anyone know how I go about changing my handle...