Kawasaki Delivering 4 Revamped Vulcan Cruisers

Publish Date: 
Mar 31, 2009

Finally, while Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 Voyager ($16,799-$17,899) shares many of the technical features with the 1700 Nomad and Classic LT, it’s the OEM’s full-dress tourer outfitted with additional pieces to benefit riders for the long haul.

Amenities include a muscular front fairing with integrated windscreen; chromed headlamp cover and twin fog lights; liberal use of chrome accents; front and rear guards to help protect the bike’s bodywork in case of a tip-over; a 13.2-gallon lockable trunk large enough to fit two full-face helmets; top-opening sealed and lockable side cases each with a volume of 10 gallons; lockable glove boxes for storing small items and accessories; and an iPod jack.

Plus, the Voyager gets Kawasaki’s Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT). Outfitted on Voyager ABS models, the new K-ACT system enables riders to execute more controlled, balanced braking.

Pressure on the front brake lever and/or rear brake pedal causes the brake fluid to act directly on the pistons in the brake calipers, just like any “normal” brake system. However, with K-ACT, pressure sensors at each master cylinder detect the amount of braking force the rider is applying while the ECU measures vehicle speed. After determining the corresponding amount of brake force needed for maximum braking efficiency, additional motor-driven brake fluid is pumped into the front and rear pressure control units, thereby increasing pressure to the front right caliper and/or rear caliper as necessary. Two more pressure sensors (one measuring front right caliper fluid pressure, one measuring rear caliper fluid pressure) provide feedback to the K-ACT ECU.

Furthermore, to allow for maximum controllability in tight corners and when executing U-turns, K-ACT’s coactive function does not engage when braking is initiated at speeds below 12mph and completely disengages the ABS function at speeds below 4mph.

—Submitted by Guido Ebert