The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad is a touring bike that embodies just about everything you’d want in a classic, American cruiser. Especially one that satisfies your cravings and comes with a look and attitude that tells everyone that it’s as happy cruising downtown as it is running out for the long haul.

In terms of its design, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad is packed with plenty of unique features that highlight the bike’s flexibility and versatility. The classic styling of the bike lends itself to its neo-retro look. It has lockable hard saddlebags that set it apart from its Vulcan 1700 brethren and also feature top-opening side cases that are beautifully integrated and offer bountiful storage (10 gallons each (38L)). It also has front and rear guards to help protect the bike’s engine and saddlebags in case of a tip-over. The Vulcan 1700 Nomad sports deluxe seats sculpted to provide additional support for all-day rides, which come with a special backrest with integrated grab bars and floorboards for both the rider and passenger to contribute to the Nomad’s long-distance abilities. Meticulous attention to detail are also hallmarks for the Vulcan 1700 Nomad, with the engine covers, bodywork design, and side cases being built with remarkable precision.

In terms of it performance, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad is powered by a beastly 1,700cc power plant that features liquid cooling, a 52-degree V angle, overhead cams, high compression, a long-stroke design and all the latest technology for prodigious power and torque spread over a shockingly wide rpm range.

Put all of these traits together in one package and you have a bike that has traditional styling, sophisticated technology, and touring refinement.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad.

  • 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
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2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Exterior Drivetrain
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  • Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin engine
  • Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke helps deliver high levels of torque with a distinct V-twin feel
  • Valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quicker revving and enhanced mid-high rpm power
  • Semi-dry sump design allows a lower crankshaft placement and a longer piston stroke without increasing engine height
  • Single-pin crank accentuates the engine’s V-twin character by providing stronger power pulses
  • Large-capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine
  • Small-diameter iridium sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation
  • Dual mufflers, one on each side of the bike, allow maximum clearance for luggage
  • Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 50 to 70 mph range
  • Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds

Chassis and Suspension

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  • The frame features a short wheelbase for optimal ergonomics and easy maneuverability
  • Lightweight and slim, the frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require additional strength: the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket, and rear fender/shock absorber bracket
  • This compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates low-speed handling, especially maneuvers such as parking or U-turns
  • Air-adjustable shocks can be tuned to match varying rider and passenger loads
  • 4-way rebound damping adjustments help the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure
  • Chrome shock covers contribute to the bike’s overall luxurious finish

Key Features

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  • Powerful 1,700cc liquid-cooled V-twin
  • Six-speed transmission for relaxed cruising
  • Electronic cruise control maintains speed for more comfort on long trips and works with the electronic throttle valve system for precision
  • Optically correct windshield is height adjustable
  • Deluxe passenger backrest is standard equipment
  • Chrome backrest support features ergonomic passenger grab handles for comfort
  • Lockable, color matched, top-opening hard saddlebags are capacious and easy to pack
  • Low 28.7-inch seat height enhances the comfortable riding position.


2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance
Induction Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Final Drive Belt
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake/Trail 30° / 7.0 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16
Brakes, front / rear Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers / Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in.
Overall width 40.4 in.
Overall height 57.7 in.
Seat height 28.7 in.
Curb weight 834 lbs.
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase 65.6 in.
Color Choices Metallic Imperial Red / Metallic Phantom Silver Pearl Boulogne / Metallic Spark Black


InfoSport Bike----"For the cruiser, it’s that classic-American two-tone paint styling combined with the punch of the liquid-cooled, 1700cc 52-degree V-Twin. The Nomad’s engine is packed with technology, including Electronic Throttle Valve system and a water-cooled alternator that produces 46.8 amps - enough juice to power any electronic accessories."

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