In 2003, Kawasaki did a survey primarily from the American Voyager Association membership, on what they'd like to see in a new Voyager. Most members at the time were on the Voyager 12 (I had bought my '90 XII in November of '02), and a few on the old space shuttle technology 1300. They had posted the results in one of the newsletters. In 2004, Kawasaki had basically said, that the new Voyager was a go, but all they would say at the time (if I recall correctly), was that it was going to be fuel injected and not a V-twin. The chairman/liason had been to Kaw in California, and had seen the engine. But mum was the word. Many had been holding off jumping ship and going with a Wing, to see what Kaw was going to do. Hopefully, a Wing killer, or at least, a Wing competitor. The only reason a Kawasaki dealer ever sold a Voyager 12, was when someone came in looking for a Wing, and couldn't afford it, didn't want to spend it, or was intimidated by it (either the 1500 or 1800) and the dealer says, "Oh, we have this thing over here in the corner/warehouse. And it's cheaper."
At the 2005 AVA rally, there was no news on the new Voyager. Shortly after, it was announced that Kaw was shelving the project indefinitely. The first wave of Voyager owners jumped over to GL1800s or anything else. Mainly Wings though. 2 or 3 years later, they said the new Voyager project had been renewed. But they absolutely let no info out until its debut. And I can't blame them. When the V-twin Vulcan Voyager 1700 was released, the second wave of Voyager owners left. I felt let down. Betrayed. The bean counters had won. They saw the money that Harley was raking in with their, ahem, "motorcycles", LOL, and decided that they too, could rake in the dough. But what they failed to understand was, that if I, or others, really wanted a V-twin cruiser/tourer, we'd already own a Harley. With their dealer network, I mean, it's like McDonald's. They're everywhere!
I hope Yamaha did it right. I won't buy one. But I hope they did it right. If Yamaha gets away from the Royal Star bagger tourer and goes full tilt mega-flagship, then maybe someone at Kaw will wake up. They'd better hurry though. The '03 GL1800 I bought a week and a half ago, has already started moving its own stuff in. Like it's going to stay a while or something. I'm not ready to share a toothbrush.............yet.
2003 Stream Silver Metallic