I didn't like the Vaquero bags at first, but grew to love them - my half helmet fit in the Vaquero bags, but doesn't fit in my HD saddlebags. They were large and I could even put a laptop in them, at an angle!I have to admit Kawasaki seems to get things right most of the time. I like their designs & engineering.
But those Vaquero bags -What were they thinking?
I've owned both a Voyager and a Nomad 1700, they both feel the same as far as the seat and handlebars. I had a 900 Classic and needed more power for 2 up riding and bought the Voyager. The Voyager was absolutely great on the open highway but it wasn't so good in crosstown traffic especially at rush hour in the heat of the summer. I kept the 900 and only used the Voyager for the long rides then I had an accident that totaled the Voyager. I have since traded the 900 for my 2012 Nomad 1700. I love it, in fact I like it better than the Voyager. It's a little lighter and it doesn' get as hot in slow traffic. I think it's a good mix of power and not being too big for traffic. I don't really miss the trunk, fairing or stereo.
Same here. I was concerned about the side-open bags. The only other hard bags I'd had were top-open, hinged out. Occasionally miss being able to get something out of the bag while seated, but that's really rare. When my son and I ride together, I put both our water bottles in my Vaquero bags, extra shirts (if the weather looks iffy), raingear and when we stop I can still put both half helmets in. I not only love these bags, but I don't like the look of the Voyager bags now that I've had this bike a couple years.I didn't like the Vaquero bags at first, but grew to love them - my half helmet fit in the Vaquero bags, but doesn't fit in my HD saddlebags. They were large and I could even put a laptop in them, at an angle!