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Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad
Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad

2005 Vulcan Nomad

Loyal MO readers might our Classic Tourer Comparo, we proclaimed the 1500 Nomad to be a though not terribly exciting So when I was invited to the press for the new 1600 Nomad, I was interested to see how might have improved product in this important segment.

The new Vulcan 1600 retains the elegant style of year’s 1500, but features an displacement boost to 1,552cc. be deceived, big changes lurk the familiar bodywork. In addition to the muscle, Kawasaki also the Nomad received revised geometry, enhanced passenger and additional chrome.

However, riding the new bike, it is patently that there is more at here than a few minor as the 1600 feels like a superior motorcycle.

Kawasaki the updates for 2005, but if you examine the next to last year’s you’ll quickly notice almost every detail is different. From the front through the passenger seating, is similar, but slightly revised and I a sneaking suspicion that might be as little as 50% parts between the two bikes.

Further reveals the addition of an engine revised crash bar mounting, cylinder heads, revised injection ECU and innumerable esoteric Fortunately, these updates affect the bikes $12,999

The Nomad 1600 features chrome and comfort features, new engine guards, polished tubes, a thicker passenger new backrest, grab bars and new floorboards. It also includes levers, self-canceling turn and a five-gallon fuel tank. In to the updated features on the new Nomad, also offers a range of through their dealer and directly through the internet.

At cruising speeds, the lighter and more direct response for nice transitional maneuvers requiring large steering or straining your arms. In a lot, the Nomad is reasonably on its feet, although the wide do require a long reach, executing tight U-turns.

The powerband is relatively flat, means that it offers a even delivery of torque and a minimum of shifting.

The bigger breathe through a revised digital fuel injection using dual 36mm bodies mounted on separate tracts with four injectors sending two streams of to each intake valve. The ECU features specific programming for the new injection system and does an job of interpreting the rider’s throttle In other words, there no hiccups, lurches or flat-spots as I the throttle through our snotty conditions.

Great, everybody appreciates a engine, but who cares. right? You want to know if the bigger is faster . Yes, it is faster and flexible everywhere in the rev range. I mistake this powerplant for a 2000, but its now in the thick of the classic hunt, where last bike hung around at the of the pack.

Even with barn door windscreen, the new is more than happy to itself into triple on level ground.

The engine’s is relatively flat, which that it offers a smooth, delivery of torque and requires a of shifting. Even on very mountain roads, shifting is optional once 4th or 5th is engaged. most big twins there really a top-end rush per se.

the motor simply pulls through the midrange, and then off like a lamb.

Speaking of the the Nomad’s large old-fashioned seems to have been from a 75-year-old police The problem is that 1930s speeds were in the 35mph so it’s not surprising that the screen is nice and calm, great protection and smooth up to 50mph.

Unfortunately, you can’t really below 50 on most of today’s and byways, and once speeds close to 60, the Nomad is in full-helmet-buffeting I tried the adjustable screen in position from full-up to and was unable to find relief. a half day of this, I was ready to get a saw and start cutting pressure vents in the pretty Plexiglas.

I the Nomads emphasis is on classic but a few modern aerodynamic tricks do wonders for its long haul Much like last bike, the Nomad 1600 excellent rider and passenger plus some of the prettiest and functional saddlebags on the road. locking art deco hard are a distinct advantage for the Nomad, but the might be its best asset.

If you can with the buffeting (or fit a shorter long enough to notice, you find that the Nomad has might be the single most riders seat in all of motorcycling.

you first sit on it, you think no way is this fluffy thing going to be for an extended stay. However, multiple hours in the saddle, the seat remains perfectly Why can’t every bike with a seat of this

After my time on the Nomad, convinced that Kawasaki has improved the bikes functionality and it with a bit more character last year’s appliance-like If Kawasaki would fix the aerodynamics, the could easily contend for honors. If you’re in the market for a touring cruiser, you’d be advised to take a spin on new Nomad.

While you’re out riding and comparison-shopping, keep in that the stylish Nomad the least expensive bike in its at $12,999.



Features and Benefits


Engine displacement increased to for more torque

Digital Injection is revised to suit the engine’s needs and enhance

Dual mufflers allow clearance for saddlebags


Maintains consistent engine for long engine life and power during hard use

fan keeps things cool all operating conditions

Four Valves per Cylinder

low-end torque

Provides valve area for optimum

Hydraulic valve lash require no maintenance

Gear-driven Balancer

Counter-rotates at engine to cancel vibration

Allows use of crankshaft without the heavy

Rubber-mounted Engine

All but eliminates vibration at all speeds


Great around-town acceleration relaxed highway cruising

Neutral Finder

Just the shift pedal from at a stop to find neutral

5.3 Gallon Fuel Tank

finish for clean, upscale

Large capacity for extended range

Large, Adjustable

Large windshield gives rider and passenger weather

Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad

Windshield is adjustable up and down two

Heavy-duty chromed support holds the windshield rock

Hard Saddlebags

Designed for packing, these saddlebags an amazing amount of gear

side-open design for smooth and quick access

Soft, inner bags available as an accessory

Passenger Comfort

New standard backrest and thicker provide maximum passenger on long rides

More Chrome for 2005

New engine guards help the engine

Triple Disc

Dual discs up front for stopping power

Large, rear disc because bikes carry so much of the on the rear wheel


Reliable, clean and quiet system

Hydraulic Clutch

Easy to operate, requires no adjustment

Adjustable Control

Fits variety of rider and styles

Electronic Speedometer

conventional cable-drive system


Lower operating extends tire life

Rear Shocks

Rebound is 4-way adjustable to tailor fit the

Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad
Kawasaki VN 1600 Nomad

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