Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1600 Nomad brings power and style to the touring cruiser universe.
Kawasaki’s Nomad has always been a popular choice among touring-cruiser enthusiasts. However, the current Nomad builds on the original concept with significantly more power and comfort than the original. Highlighted by a stronger frame and excellent power from a 95 cubic inch V-Twin, the Nomad offers extensive touring features, a stylish appearance and excellent riding dynamics.
A gear-driven engine counter balancer and well-designed engine mounts reduce handlebar and floorboard vibration, yet these features do not interfere with the engine’s distinctive V-twin rumble or power-pulse feeling from its single-pin crankshaft.
The 1600 Nomad’s steering geometry is designed so that the motorcycle feels more neutral at low speeds, as when maneuvering in parking lots, while an air-adjustable rear suspension allows the Nomad to maintain that correct geometry when loaded with a passenger and luggage.
The 1600 Nomad is highlighted by several chrome and comfort features: Chrome engine guards are standard and a thick passenger seat includes a backrest and aluminum grab bars. Floorboards for the passenger combine to make long-distance rides more comfortable and pleasurable.
Self-canceling turn signals, a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, topped by an elegant electronic speedometer and LED odometer/tripmeter display let Nomad owners fully enjoy their ride. Streamlined hard saddlebags provide generous storage for those hard-to-resist overnight rides. Plus, standard features such as an adjustable windshield, plush air-assisted rear suspension and adjustable levers tailor the Nomad to its rider.
Engine displacement of 1,552cc/95 cu. in. for more torque
Digital Fuel Injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Four valves per cylinder provide maximum valve area for optimum flow
Dual mufflers allow more clearance for saddlebags
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
Auxiliary fan keeps things cool during all operating conditions
Gear-Driven Engine Balancer
Counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration
Allows use of single-pin crankshaft for the desirable power-pulse feeling
All but eliminates engine vibration at all speeds
Great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising
Positive neutral finder, just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily
Triple Disc Brakes
Dual discs up front for maximum stopping power
Large, single rear disc because touring bikes carry so much of the load on the rear wheel
5.3-Gallon Fuel Tank
Rounded-edge finish for clean, upscale look
Large capacity for extended touring range
Reliable, clean and quiet low-maintenance system
Air-Adjustable Rear Shocks
Rebound damping is four-way adjustable to tailor fit the ride
Large, Adjustable Windshield
Large windshield gives excellent rider and passenger weather protection
Windshield is adjustable up and down two inches
Heavy-duty chromed support hardware holds the windshield rock steady
Designed for easy packing, these saddlebags carry an amazing amount of gear
Lockable, side-open design for smooth looks and quick access
Soft, removable inner bags available as an optional accessory
Color-matched for integrated style
Floorboards, standard backrest and thick seat provide maximum passenger comfort on long rides
Engine: Four-stroke, air/liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 50-degree V-twin
Displacement: 1,552cc / 95ci
Bore x stroke: 102.0mm x 95.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Induction: Digital fuel injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI dual plug with digital advance
Frame: High-tensile steel, double cradle
Rake: 32 degrees
Trail: 7.2 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel: Dual air-assisted shocks with four-way rebound damping / 3.9 in.
Tire, front: 150/80x16
Tire, rear: 170/70x16
Brakes, front / rear: Dual 300mm hydraulic discs / 300mm disc
Overall length: 99.0 in.
Overall width: 40.9 in.
Overall height: 59.3 in.
Seat height: 28.3 in.
Dry weight: 772 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase: 66.5 in.
MSRP / Color choices: $12,899 Ebony; $13,099 Ebony / Metallic Titanium, Candy Cardinal Red / Metallic Titanium