2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad — First Ride — Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

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Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad
Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad

2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad — First

First Ride 2005

along at a bit over 75 mph as the rain coming down in earnest, I this was turning out pretty Well, maybe not the weather, but the

Kawasaki had offered up a preview on what is virtually an all-new of its Nomad. Being the Motorcycle staffer most familiar the Nomads and one of the greatest fans of Nomads, I was happy to be assigned the But I approached it with some A few of Kawasaki’s recent products left us scratching our heads a It’s no secret that we not exactly bowled over by flagship Vulcan 2000 it was introduced last year.

We also disappointed when rolled out the Vulcan 1600 to replace the 1500 Classic. We such huge fans of the 1500 Classic to the point it almost became the magazine’s pet But despite some improvements, we the 1600’s package wasn’t as as the 1500’s. (Fortunately, the best of the Classics, the 1500 FI, remains in the as a low-cost alternative to the 1600, gives that story a ending.) However, if the switch 1500 (actually 1470cc) to (actually 1552cc) brought the sorts of changes in the Nomad it brought in the Classic, the net result be a step back.

Walking around the Nomad the family resemblance to the 1500 is and some of the pieces, such as side-opening saddlebags, appear the same as their counterparts the 1500. Some changes, the longer, stiffer, double-backbone-tube are hard to spot. Of course, of the fresh parts are obvious, the restyled fuel tank, has swoopier lines and holds 5.3 (a 0.3-gallon increase).

Slightly instruments nest in the tank’s and the cluster also includes the lock, which allows you to the key once it’s turned on. The has a new shape, tapering from its point in front of the handlebar as it up. It still offers a couple of of vertical adjustment, and there is a new somewhat ostentatious badge on the of the windshield bracket (matched by one on the of the backrest).

There is now a standard engine a big, deeply padded backrest and chrome-bottomed passenger The backrest in particular makes it more attractive to comfort-seeking

However, I was thinking more the front seat as I threw my leg it. Settling in, the saddle feels roomy and accommodating than the but I wouldn’t really know I sat on it for a few hours. I turned on the much convenient ignition switch and put the key in my The engine rumbled to life and the heel-toe shifter slipped into first.

A shock in the drivetrain sort of soaks up the jolt as the clutch is engaged and springs back slightly, made my first few starts a uneven as I adapted.

Kawasaki it changed the fork offset to steering lighter at low speeds. I never thought the 1500 heavy while maneuvering at a You can tell this bike is slightly more weight-about 30 more than the 1500-and I the backrest is mostly to blame. I noticed most was that the felt more planted leaned over, especially in slightly uneven corners.

The suspension feels much controlled, with less over bumps or when loads are abruptly fed into the The dual rear shocks adjustment for air pressure and rebound Riding solo on twisty I used the second or third setting, but on the freeway the ride was as compliant as the 1500’s excellent the softest first setting.

in rolling dips and bumps, the damping made the ride stable than the 1500’s. clearance is equal to or slightly than the 1500’s.

There a huge difference in power the last Nomad. It seemed noticeably stronger off idle, but the is small enough that I have been imagining it. I thought there might be flywheel effect. Kawasaki bigger rubber mounts to absorb vibration, but the 1500 was glassy smooth where it thanks to its rubber mounts and the counterbalancers shared by this

Overall, the drivetrain feels much like the 1500’s, is to say smooth, responsive and powerful to do the job as effectively and as strongly as some bikes.

Revising the windshield’s seems to have eliminated of the old one’s buffeting, which some riders. The optics the top of the shield are also better most others. It was set at the top of its adjustment for my and I could still see the road it if I sat up straight.

The aerodynamic protection a pair of lower wings the windshield. Although I could some wind flowing my legs, I was impressed that stayed dry when it started to

The handlebar-seat-floorboard arrangement is almost as as the 1500’s. I wanted a bit more on the seat to slide rearward. also isn’t room to forward because the seat Overall, the saddle is significantly comfortable than the excellent on the 1500 Nomad, and a definite backward unless you are considerably than my 5-foot-10.

Apparently, Kawasaki tests its with shorter riders who are in the beam than I. My first if I was getting a 1600 Nomad be to Mustang Motorcycle Seats, has traditionally sorted out Kawasaki better than anyone.

The significant disappointments are some of the such as the large and ugly wad of routed prominently on the right-side downtube. The lack of attention to possible eyesores clashes the pretty lines of the fuel and other big components.

The transition Nomad 1500 to 1600 has a more refined chassis better passenger accommodations and an windshield. The 1600’s additional capacity would be welcome, but the upgrades are significantly diluted by the details. The price hasn’t despite the added equipment. still $12,999.

Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad
Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad

Would I to the 1600 if I owned and loved a 1500? Probably not, I rode a lot with a passenger or was by buffeting over the windshield. I want to be sure a comfortable was available for the 1600, because I think this one is adequate for traveling duty.

Will the Nomad remain the of the baggers? That’s a question we take up in our next issue.

2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad

Designation: VN1500-G1/L

base price: $12,999

colors: Black, blue/silver

colors: None

Standard 24 months, unlimited miles

66.5 in.

Rake/trail: 32 deg. / 7.2 Cast aluminum

Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad
Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad


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