First Look: 2011 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom

Old school looks with hi-tech features. Say hello to Kawasaki's 1700cc custom

KAWASAKI unveiled another new model at this week's Cologne Motorcycle Show: the VN1700 Voyager

It's the first “Bagger” style of bike from the Japanese manufacturer, but comes complete with a wealth of hi-tech additions, such as Kawasaki’s advanced brake system K-ACT ABS, Electronic Cruise Control, and high-spec iPod-compatible audio system.

The company also launched the 2011 ZX-10R, Z1000SX, W800 and Z750R.

2011 Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom specs


Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement 1,700 cm³
Bore x stroke 102.0 x 104.0 mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve/Induction system SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection:φ42 mm x 2
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump


Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Belt
Primary reduction ratio 1.515 (50/33)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.933 (44/15)
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.900 (38/20)
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.407 (38/27)
Gear ratios: 4th 1.143 (32/28)
Gear ratios: 5th 0.967 (29/30)
Gear ratios: 6th 0.806 (29/36)
Final reduction ratio 2.250 (72/32)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Frame type Double-cradle, steel
Wheel travel, front 140 mm
Wheel travel, rear 80 mm
Tyre, front 130/90B16M/C 67H
Tyre, rear 170/70B16M/C 75H
Rake/Trail 30°/ 177 mm
Steering angle, left / right 35° / 35°