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Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Customizing my 2000 Kawasaki Nomad

When I bought my Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad it had I wanted and thought I would need as a touring bike. It was a fit for me. The Nomad had two large hard bags, 1500 cc water-cooled engine that averaged 42 mpg it a 150 mile range. I added a bar for my wife’s comfort and luggage to carry more.

After a while I realized some of the I thought “Nice but not necessary” became necessary.

One thing was a trunk and comfy back-rest for my When traveling long of 1500+ miles and over days you need more We had learned a lot about packing for trips but more storage be nice.

The sissy bar was lacking staying in the saddle for hours and I my wife to enjoy our trips as as I do.

My two riding buddies’ bikes had CB as well as AM/FM radios. could talk about the ride as well as communicate needs when they to stop or whatever. I on the other was left to hand signals… It take long to see the need for a CB.

The radios were useful for local news and weather and listening to tunes.

I had thought getting a Yamaha Venture, my two buddies, but the Venture was just too and the seat height was just too for me. Pushing that beast from a sloping parking would have been for me. Because of the seat height and top-heavy made it hard to get the off the side stand and almost if the bike is parked on a slope to the

I really liked my Nomad so I to customize the Nomad adding all but not necessary” things. I searched the for after-market products. Eventually, I up with some good that worked well. the Nomad ended up being a project.

But it was very satisfying to do I ended up having to design a lot of and electrical parts.

What I up adding to the Nomad was the following…

A Caddy batwing style This was a fairing from It looked similar in style to the batwing fairing and it has a which accepts a standard radio and two 4″ speakers. That was for the marine Clarion AM/FM a CD player but I needed to add the CB/Intercom (see below).

My solution was to build another from an electronic project box screwed to the bottom AM/FM compartment.

A CB/Intercom (rider/passenger) I looked at several CB/Intercom but I chose the one from The Air CB has connections so the AM/FM/CD could be through the CB so you could listen through the helmet headsets. The CB the AM/FM/CD or GPS when a CB is sent or received.

A trunk:  I the trunk from It to very much like the Tour Pack trunk. I a luggage rack to the top of the trunk for more carrying capacity.

I mounted the trunk on top of my existing rack after removing the bar. The problem with was the trunk sat too high and looked While the trunk was being I removed the original luggage and made my own mounting from billet aluminum and polished it to a chrome finish. This lowered the and made it look more I also moved the helmet from the rear crash to the bottom of the trunk mount.

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

Moving the helmet hooks them more accessible and to attach the helmets.

A Garmin I bought part of a motorcycle for the GPS and made the rest. The part of the I didn’t buy looked rather What I made looks

The voice commands of the GPS were into the audio system.

Driving/fog lights were to the front crash bar. I the lights without the  and I made my own mounts.

CB  antennas: I made mounts  for the 2 CB from billet aluminum and it to a chrome like finish.

A dash: There was a amount of exposed wiring all the extra added electronics I need places to add switches. The was a dash. The dash  would me to mount switches for the driving and a switch for switching from the speakers to the helmet headset. I an  extra switch, to fill in space, to integrate the garage opener.

Because I will add a trailer hitch I added a for the future trailer running which also integrates the lights switch. I added an LED for the driving lights. I moved the signal, neutral, and high indicators from the gas tank to up on

To fill in space and kind of out the dash I added an analog  and thermometer.

Cruise control: I plans to add a cruise control on the and planned to add this later.

Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Kawasaki Vulcan 2000


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