The 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager had a re-call on the engine heat in the face problem. They put a new chrome heat shield on the front exhaust at the head that extends over to the cyl, deverting the heat down. works good Contact the nearest dealer !
I just purchased a 2009 vulcan voyager 1700, Is it normal to hear a loud matalic click as it goes into first and second gear? i dont hear it as bad going from 3,and not at all going to 4, 5, and 6. After reading other reviews it sounds normal. but i love the bike and the ride.
We bought our 2009 Voyager Kact brand new from Inglis Cycle in London Ontario Canada.
I found the motor, tranny, belt etc. all quite stiff as you would expect from a new bike. However once broken in at about 5000 kilometers (3000 miles) the engine began to loosen up and ran much better - pulling from way down around 1000 rpm just like a Goldwing. I adjusted the belt a touch to remove the whine we heard now and then and changed the oil up to 15w50 and added some Lucas and that really helped smooth out the shifting, same as in our Goldwing. Now it is as smooth as my old Nomad and that is saying something. Inglis Cycle came to the house to install the upgrades (it was 10 below out)and now we are up to date with the 2010s. Last June the wife and I took the bike on a 1200 kilometer ride and found it quite good on the 4 lane highways at 70 miles per hour and on the many gravel roads we encountered as well. We used to head out in the early mornings and spend all day riding our 2001 Goldwing and we are pleased to find we can do the same on our new Voyager. Great protection, even in the pouring rain, no buffeting for the passenger, lots of room for the rider and passenger. It looks more like a bike than a Goldwing, is just as fast (after break-in)and has a nice growl to it and that is hard to beat. Of course the best thing about it is it is a Kawasaki and as always is built to last.
I recommend you all sign up to the Vulcan Owners Group and read up on all the little fixes for your little issues.
1. A Texas native wrote that he just removes the lower fairing in the summer and replaces the crash bar with a regular one. Have you ever ridden a Goldwing or an Ultra on a 90 degree day? They are no better. You did open the vents right? Don't laugh, one magazine tester did not notice it even had vents until after he nearly toasted his leg.
2. There are lots of bikes out there that have clunky transmissions at first. Your job is to experiment with different weight oil until you are happy.
3. A gas gauge is a fairly recent invention on a bike. Good to know they are as reliable as the ones on small aircraft (not). So use the trip meter like we used to in the old days or throw in a gallon can in the saddlebag and relax. (Small aircraft time their fuel rather than depend on the gauge)
4. Stalling hmmmmmmmm..........don't let it do that. Think BSA, Norton,Triumph - sometimes just getting it running at all was a major accomplishment and once it is running - don't let it stall - that is the job of your right hand. I guess that is where we learned to give it a shot and downshift etc. to a stop. Then if it will not hold an idle I would say something is amiss and for a new bike to be doing that, a trip to the dealer is in order.
5. Around 40 MPh lots of bikes wobble during deceleration - if you take your hands off the bars to adjust something or reach in your pocket for your sunglasses :)
6. The buzzing in the dash is the headlight bezel. A little black tape under the chrome ring and you are set. Remember the BSA - buzzed so bad you had to carry extra bulbs in your jacket!
7. Antennae - 1 min fix with blue locktight
8. Seat height - My inseam is 28". I was forced to buy some really cool cowboy boots so I could a) reach the ground and b) look cool on my bike.
9. Belt Whine - CAREFULLY! adjust the belt tention nuts only 2 flats looser and its gone - if you don't know what that means, don't touch it - see your dealer.
10. Windshield too tall - use some Carnuba wax on it and you and your passenger will be happier in the next rainstorm. They also sell all different heights for this bike now.
Note: Every new bike deserves a good going over before you bet your life on it. For a few hours worth of fiddling you will not only become more familiar with it but will find that this bike will reward you with many years of safe riding enjoyment.
(Hope I haven't bored you all to death)
I can't believe how many people bought this bike without obviously test riding it, and then complain about something that all of them do! It doesn't make sense that you would 1. by a bike that runs so hot you can't stand it, 2, has a clunky transmission, 3. Loud and hard shifting, 4. Antennas that don't stay on, etc, etc, etc.
when I test road my bike, I noticed the heat, the noisy transmission, the loud shifting - all that. (not the antenna). I knew what I was getting when I bought it.
Despite these minor problems that Kawasaki says is "normal", which to them it is, I think this is the best handling, most comfortable big bike I've ever driven. I almost bought an electra glide at about 10 grand more and instead of having Kawasaki problems, I would be having Harley problems! I'd rather be dealing with Kawasaki than Harley anyday and in my opinion, except for the macho feeling the harley gives some guys - there's no comparison between them!
So, quit complaining - if you don't like it, sell it cause nobody's going to do anything about it.
I got my 2009 Voyager in September of 2010. New never been sold. Found it in the bay area of California. Payed $5,000.00 under MSRP. Love the bike. Only issue is the heat coming off the engine, but I live in Phoenix. Have no issues of any kind, bike is awesome in every way. Also own a 05, 1600 nomad which I have 78,000 on. Both great bikes which I would buy again.
Has anyone noticed the speedometer light glares on the factory windshield making it hard to see at night?
I’ve owned my 2010 Voyager ABS for about four months now and I can honestly say I wish I hadn’t purchased it. For starters, the bike has an intermittent problem with stalling when I pull in the clutch and the rpm’s start to fall, sometimes all the way to zero and I have to restart the bike. Dangerous and embarassing.
Second, the heat produced by the engine can be unbearable. If the ambient temp is above 80F and you’re not cruising on the expressway you will feel the heat. God help you if you get stuck in traffic. The bike quickly heats up, the fan kicks on (doesn’t seem to help) and then you start to melt.
Third, the radio reception fades in and out. I spoke to a supposed higher up at Kawasaki who alledgedly rides a Voyager and he agreed that the reception does fade in and out but “that’s just the way it is.” Nice answer. I gave up on the radio and I only use my Ipod. BTW, you’ll need to purchase the Ipod cable for $108.00 in order to use an Ipod.
Fourth, the belt does chirp and there is a noticeable gear whine especially in third gear.
And now the dash is starting to rattle. The plasti-chrome bezels around the instruments have started to loosen up so for the time being I’ve had to install pieces of carboard to try and quiet the noise. There is also a rattle inside the dash but I’m not tackling that problem. Let Kawasaki pay the dealer to fix it.
The seat is comfortable and the engine produces enough power for me when it’s not stalling. The saddlebags and trunk do hold plenty of stuff, no shortage on space there.
My advice is to hold off until Kawasaki decides to fix these problems which at this time it looks like the only problem they are recognizing is the engine stalling.
If you are experiencing engine stalling file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
I have a 2009 Vulcan 1700 Classic.
The bike is ok but does in fact have some issues.
For starters the bike runs way too hot. I had some air cooled bikes that seem to dissipate heat better than this bike. I have the engine modification intact.
Also when the motor warms up the idle speed is too slow. I followed the button sequence shown in the owners manual to increase the idle speed. I can only decrease the RPMs, not increase.
Something is wrong and I have an appointment with the Kawasaki dealer on Sept 1.
The few mileage isn't that great either but I can live with that one.
Otherwise it's a pretty OK bike.
Love the bike. Have had it for 2 months now. Just don't like the banging happening going into 2nd & 3rd gear. Dealer says this is normal. Anyone else having problems with this.
Picked up the bike mid June, now have over 5500 miles, love it. Have several things you should be aware of: The fuel gauge is inaccurate, indicates empty with over 2 gallon remaining, which is approximately 70 to 85 miles remaining, then "FUEL" flashes on the dash, very annoying and an issue Kaw has chosen not to address; You need some foot pegs to relieve roasted leg syndrome; 390 pound cargo capacity is low compared with Harley and BMW; 15 pound trunk and saddlebag max is ridiculous; the only tires I have found are the OEM Bridgestone’s, would like to try Metzler's or Elite 3's. The price and performance of this bike is excellent. I knew about everything except the fuel gauge and one tire source going in and bought anyway! Very comfortable and handles great.
I've got 1000 miles on my new 2010 Vulcan voyager, and i have to say that the positives out way some of the negatives. on a negative point. my bike stalls sometimes on starting and when I'm coming to a stop. this is the biggest problem i have. I'm actually quiet upset on this. Ive got a brand new motorcycle i paid 17000 for, trading in my perfectly good Vulcan 900 i put 30000 miles on with not one stall, for a bike that stalls. i got ahold of the dealer and he said that Kawasaki's knows about the stalling problems in the bike and they are working on it, meanwhile i have to make my 300 dollar payments on a bike that could get me killed out on the street due to a stall at a stop light on a major highway. OH well, guess ill bend over and take it up the a#$ on that one. OH lets see what else, my belts was so tight on purchase that it was rubbing the rear belt pulley making a horrible sound when riding. i put it on a jack and checked the alignment and it was way out, fixed that myself. around 40 mph my handlebars wobble on deceleration. there's a horrible clunk in the transmission. but i guess i like it
Ihave put 6450 kilometers on my 2009 voyager Ilove it I noticed oil around bottom left shock dealer said to bring it in and they would take care of it
After riding from Chas. SC to Key West, FL.and back last month on my Kawa. 900 Classic LT, I decided I needed more features/comfort. I traded for a new 1700 Voyager. Wow, what a machine.
My only problem is, the seat heigth is 29", my inseam is 30". That is not very forgiving on a 975 lb. machine
My dealer in Lethbridge has bent over backwords to make me happy, Love the personal service. Two trips over the Logan Pass in August/Sept 09 and the bike was great.
Well, I contacted Customer Service and they did their job, I have an antenna coming.
I'm a happy camper again so I'm changing my review. Just watch your antennas guys... you may loose it if you don't do something about loctite or lock washers!!
I've had this bike now for exactly 4 days. Went on a long break in ride down in southern BC Canada. Beautiful Country.
The bike performed flawlessly. Very powerful, comfortable etc. I could go on and on about the great things this bike has to offer in the price range. I could have bought any bike I wanted and looked at several before deciding on the Kawasaki again. This will be my fourth. Now. My only complaint so far... the antenna fell off. Just fell off. I called the dealer, they're not willing to help. Called Kawi Customer service, got a recording and left a message. I'd like to know how many other owners have lost their antennas... they're 118.00 by the way here in Canada. I think that's a total Rip off. I'm thinking warranty should cover this. We'll see. I'm giving Quality 3 stars till I find out what the Antenna issue is going to be... Keep your eyes on yours boys and girls... Maybe Loctite??
My wife and I love the bike. For a heavy bike, it is very well balanced. On the road she's smooth and has plenty of power. She has the looks and style of a Harley but the cost, comfort and quality of a Kawasaki. She runs a bit hot, but hope that will improve as she get proke in. Only 1,000 mile so far. I did see somewhat of a change following the first oil change. So far, I don't have any complaints.
I've had it for only one month - 2400 miles - so I can't make much comment on reliability. No big problems. There is a slight buzzy rattle in one speaker. I'll be cutting down the windshield.
Love this bike. Light handling great performance. We wanted a bike comfortable for allday 2 person riding and we got it!