In 2003 the last Kawasaki Voyager rolled off the assembly line.
For the last three years the buzz has been about the replacement for the Voyager. Would Kawasaki step up and take on the Gold Wing with a competitive bike.
The Voyager was and still is a fantastic bike. It suffered from a lack of innovation on Kawasaki's part by not updating the bike yearly to keep up with Honda and to a greater extent a lack of promotion.
The lack of advertising and promotion not itís dated engineering is what finally led to the Voyagerís demise.
On Sunday the waiting for a new Kawasaki touring flagship came to an abrupt end. The announcement was made on the American Voyager Association Web Site that Kawasaki has suspended the development of the new Kawasaki Voyager for an undetermined period of time.
This is a sad day indeed for those of us who were waiting for Kawasaki to build a truly great touring bike. For those of us who love our Kawasaki motorcycles and take our long distance riding serious this is truly a loss.
We can only hope that Kawasaki will see the value in adding a true world class touring bike to it's line up in the near future.
Additional details on the AVA web site at http://www.amervoyassoc.org/newvoyager.htm