Vulcan, voyager, vaquero, nomad. Post em' up.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by kojack, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. JerryH

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    The Nomad is a beautiful bike. I prefer it to the Goldwing. For one it actually looks like a motorcycle, it is far simpler than the Goldwing, both mechanically and it lacks all the worthless gadgets of the Goldwing, many of which are even worthless in a car. It has just enough vibration and exhaust noise to make a long trip relaxing, and seems well suited for two up riding. It's also a whole lot cheaper than an 1800 Goldwing. Like the Goldwing, it is a bit big and heavy for running around town, but it should be hard to beat as a long distance tourer.
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  2. manban9888

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    Not sure how to post pics here but I have an 08 Nomad and 98 Vulcan 1500a. Both are great bikes and very reliable. They are great bang for your buck bikes. I ride one or the other just about daily
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  3. kojack

    kojack My Hardley Ableson is a POS

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    Oh.....I still have the versys. This is just another bike. Ha ha. I love everything with 2 wheels.

    I'm on the hunt now for a Vulcan 1500 that was the more compact version. I can't remember the letter designation. It had its air filter ahead of the engine something like the Virago

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  4. kojack

    kojack My Hardley Ableson is a POS

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    Here is the 1500 Vulcan I want.

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  5. JerryH

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    That is a custom, but the bike it is based on is the ORIGINAL Vulcan 1500. Also known as a BUBF. (butt ugly but fast) I got that nickname after the Vulcan 1500 Classic came out with barely enough power to get out of it's own way. The original Vulcan 1500 had 2 carbs (the Classic had 1) and was just about dead even with the 750 performance wise. Kawasaki announced it as their first "non performance" motorcycle.

    This is the bike you are talking about: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...rDFUYylM-n-iwLm_ICAAw&ved=0CD4Q9QEwBA&dur=457
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  6. kojack

    kojack My Hardley Ableson is a POS

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    Yeah. Looks a lot like a dyna. But cooler as it's a kawi. Only thing I would do is polish the wheels.

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  7. manban9888

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    I have the dual carbed bike. It's the 1500a model. It ran from 87 to 99. I have the 98. It's a great bike
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  8. kojack

    kojack My Hardley Ableson is a POS

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    I have heard only positive about it. The bikes are being tossed at me fast and furious now. My friend just offered his beloved dyna wide glide 105th anniversary. It's babied, and like new. Hmmmm.

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  9. vicster

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    Even more rare is the spoke wheeled version of the early 1500s. The C?

    I bought a Vulcan 88 as they were called, new on 9/9/88. As bad a bike as I've owned. Widely varying oil consumption - used oil anytime the temp's got above 80F. Engine knock if the carbs weren't kept in synch. Seat came apart. Etc., etc. Kawasaki extended the warranty. Final straw was the tail light burning out, left turn signal wire smoking, clutch started slipping and the gas tank sprung two leaks while doing a 1000 mile weekend charity ride. Kawasaki made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

    Still it was a smooth, comfortable road machine, so I bought a lightly used '96 in '97. Vibrated like a bastid, sounded funny. Dealer took it back. Between my experiences and things like the plastic oil pump gear, I must admit I've never seen the fascination, and am genuinely surprised when I see a high mileage example.
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  10. manban9888

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    The plastic oil gear was never a problem on the 88 Bubf A model. It was a bit of an issue on the classic and a pita on the Nomad. I have the 98 1500a and absolutely love it. All the Vulcan 1500 and 1600 bikes have the well known clutch spring issue so I preemptively changed it to the Barnett spring w Judge washers so my clutch has been perfect. When the bike was 12 years old I reupholstered the seat and upgraded the lighting package so my brake lights and rear lights work together and the front lights to a nicer Harley style. All bikes have issues and it helps to learn all you can about your bike to address it ahead of time. I will always keep this bike and rebuild and restore it when the time comes though that won't be for a while as it runs great and fast
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  11. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    True dat about knowing the bike to address issues ahead of time. But remember this was a second year model back in '88 when research wasn't as easy as now. Apparently I got to be a beta tester. Shame really because, as I said, it was a smooth, comfortable bike and had good power. I did put up with the crap for almost 15K miles trying to make it work.
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  12. manban9888

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    Yeah..there's no way you would've had back then all the info available today. The info available today is amazing and has helped me many times to keep my rides in great shape. My Vulcans have given me tons of trouble free miles and I enjoy every minute on the road w them.
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  13. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Yep. Hit a Nomad I *really* wanted. Great shape, right extras, fair price. But, turned out it was one of the years with the troublesome plastic oil pump gear. Threw it back. Damn, I liked it, but the teardown to replace one gear wasn't worth the money.......
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  14. manban9888

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    The Nomad w the pog issue was the 99. After that all Vulcans have the steel oil gear. There is Judges oil gear that can be installed without a complete teardown so that is a much more cost effecient fix. IMHO my 08 Nomad is the best bang for your buck bike for a tourer/cruiser. I love multi day trips on my comfortable and reliable Nomad
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  15. 9secondsflat

    9secondsflat Been here awhile

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    is that an extra gas tank on back or a mini keg of beer

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  16. kojack

    kojack My Hardley Ableson is a POS

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    I know what it would be if it were my bike. Ha ha.

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  17. DRconvertible

    DRconvertible Lurking in SoCal

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    Yes.
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  18. JerryH

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    The one weakness cruisers have as touring bikes. Small gas tanks. My Vulcan 750 goes on reserve at around 130 miles. But that has not kept me from racking up the miles.
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  19. DRconvertible

    DRconvertible Lurking in SoCal

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    There's only a few things I wish Kawasaki would have done differently with the Voyager and the number one thing is added fuel capacity. 5.3 gallons just isn't enough for me. Because the tank is basically common between all the Vulcan 1700s, I understand why they did it, but at under 200 miles per tank, it drove me nuts.

    I anticipated close to 45 miles per gallon, and I can get 50 on slow two lanes, but at real freeway speeds, I've been getting 38-40 mpg and 200 was it, and stretching it at that.

    With the five gallon beer keg on the back I can ride at any speed I want and still get over 300 miles between fuel stops (the max per fuel leg per Ironbutt rules).

    The bike is good. With a PC5 I've got the engine mapped nearly perfectly and the 1700 is a really good engine when it's running with a proper AFR. Some people have complained of clunky or whiney transmissions. Not mine. It's quiet and shifts smoothly. A Russell seat is truly good for all day (1509 miles in 23 hours and 40 minutes). A larger, vented shield gives great protection and hand shields and heated grips keep the hands comfortable. I swap between the mid-forward footboards and the passenger boards to keep comfortable and the tank doubles as back rest.

    It is a good cruiser-based tourer that could be great with 7 or more gallons of fuel, a center stand, and a few better trim pieces powdercoated or painted instead of plastic chrome.
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  20. manban9888

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    That's a sweet looking Voyager. I like how you increased your range. There's nothing like the open road on a comfortable trusty steed
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