2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Review

Includes classic American, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad ® ™ is the perfect companion to ride or just cruise the boulevard. This flexibility means it can be many things to different drivers. For some it is a touring bike in its own right, its windshield, hard saddlebags, floorboards, backrest and standard cruise control to the stimulus of long days in the saddle. Strap a sleeping bag for the passenger, jump on board and let Nomad with V-twin dining miles without trouble, while you soak in the sights and unwind. And with its mix of technology and luxurious two-tone paint, adding to its classic style, it's a double shot of horror.

For others, the nomad is a traditional cruiser, custom Bagger flavored with the look and attitude, which tells the listener that this is as happy cruising in the center that is running throughout the county or the state - alone, or two-up - for the weekend.

The key to Nomad much room for maneuver is a mixture of ordinary hardware aspect and unique design for the Vulcan 1700 platform, which offers both versatility and performance per tonne Voyager, Nomad, Classic, or assembly.

It all starts with the fact that the engine, a modern interpretation of big-inch V-twin that has been forged such a high reputation over the decades. This 1,700 cc engine features liquid cooling, 52 degree V, overhead cam, compression, long stroke and the latest technology for an incredible force and the torque is split into incredibly wide speed range. Redesigned mufflers not only improve your appearance, but also gives a deep voice can not wait for this bike. Not only has a lot of torque down low - the range you spend most of the time when you picked up - but also a lot of grunt at 5000 rpm. Just twist the throttle and the Nomad to produce forward thrust without hesitation, that offers plenty of acceleration for the spirit to ride the waves and the low-end torque while only a thump-thumping along in top gear, checking the landscape and relaxing.

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
Technology is most useful in the Nomad is fully electronic throttle. Working with the rest of the fuel injection system developed electronic throttle improves engine response without compromising its distinctive V-twin feel. The system uses a throttle position sensor (APS) and a throttle position sensor (TPS). Both units feed data to the ECU, which adjusts the throttle plates to the flow of intake air tailored accordingly. The system provides a feeling of natural gas, because the APS is activated by a throttle body pulley connected by cables to the throttle. Besides the obvious benefits such as FI improved fuel economy and automatic adjustment for changes in altitude, the system also allows easy control of the hands-off warm-up and rest. The Nomad also features a water-cooled generator, which produces a staggering 46.8 amps of electrical power - enough to power a variety of electronic accessories to enhance motorcycle travel.

Cruise control electronic Nomad is conveniently controlled from the handlebar and can be activated at any speed between 30 and 85 km / h on one of the last four reports. The system can be disconnected cruise to one of the following ways: brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake pedal, or manually rotating the accelerator after the "closed" position. Its six-speed has a positive changing characteristics and saturated fifth and six gears, which greatly contribute to a relaxed ride and excellent fuel economy at highway speeds. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a drive belt of carbon fiber with a tensile strength 40 percent higher than current Kevlar belts.

Color-matched, hard saddlebags locking setting the Nomad apart from its brothers, Vulcan 1700, and these secondary cases open at the top are well integrated and generous offers of storage: 10 gallons each (38L) and the front and the rear window to help protect the bike's engine and saddlebags conversion. (Locks of town are in the pockets of the guards left and right.)

Keeping the comfort of the driver and passengers on long journeys is a top priority, and Vulcan 1700 Nomad offers with seats carved luxury of providing additional support for all trips per day. A special feature with integrated grab bars and floorboards for the driver and passenger to contribute more to the ability Nomad distance.

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad

Volcano designers were able to throw a lot of technology in 1700 Nomad without sacrificing the charm and appearance of waiting Kawasaki touring cruiser. Great attention to detail and fine craftsmanship of the engine covers, body style and one-half of cases lead to a motorcycle that turns heads whether parked in front of a bar or cruising on the highway.

Designed for both light and thin as possible, Nomad Single cradle frame provides the backbone double seat on a short head from the control, respectively, with a short wheelbase. This easy-to-reach handlebars facilitate low-speed maneuvering and help maximize rider confidence. With the addition of easy handling and are the suspension components, which correspond to the use Vulcan 1700 Nomad. The simple and elegant rear swingarm with two air-assisted shocks provides 3.1 inches of travel rear suspension, and has four-way pneumatic spring preload and rebound adjustment. In front, a 43 mm fork offers precise steering feedback and 5.5 inches of travel.

The Nomad rolls spoke nine airbags fitted tubeless tires: 130/90 front and 170/70 rear is installed. Dual 300 mm front disc brakes, dual-piston brakes and 300 mm rear disc with dual-piston caliper help bring this stylish machine safe, powerful stops.

Non-traditional style, advanced technology and sophisticated tourism, there's really nothing there, just like the Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700. Time to open the way to go ...

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700 Features and Benefits

Key Features

• Powerful liquid-cooled 1700 cc V-Twin

• six-speed gearbox for relaxed cruising

• Electronic cruise control to maintain speed for maximum comfort on long journeys, and acts as a precision electronic throttle

• height of the windshield is adjustable optically correct

• Luxury Passenger Name Record is standard equipment

• chrome folder in charge of monitoring passengers for comfort ergonomic handles rights

• Lockable, of color, top-opening saddlebags hard spacious and easy to store

• Low seat height of 28.7 inches improves the driving position comfortable

Adjustable windscreen

• Adjustable handlebar-mounted windscreen and optically correct form is to manage the optimal air flow without compromising style cruiser Nomad

• Strong chrome steel support

• Two height positions

• If the windshield and deflectors further increase wind protection

• sub-windshield covers the area between the windshield and headlights when the windshield is high, but the fork-mounted deflectors help direct air away from the rider's legs

Touring Seat and passenger

• sculpted rider and passenger to provide all day comfort and support

• Robust passenger backrest with built adjacent to promote the confidence of passengers

• passenger footboards add extra comfort to the equation 2-up

Robust, lockable panniers

• The Nomad features hard, lockable, top-opening saddlebags that each provide 10-gallon (38L) is sealed to visit a store all night

• Front and rear protection to protect the engine of the motorcycle and secondary cases difficult in the case of a change

• Helmet locks are conveniently located on the left

• and the right saddlebag guards

Powerful 1700 cc V-twin

• Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700 cc 52 degree V-twin

• Long-stroke 102 x 104 mm cylinders helps to produce high torque with a distinct V-twin feel

• valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of push for faster RPM revving power and improved mid-high

• The design of semi-dry sump allows a lower crankshaft placement and a piston stroke without increasing engine height

• A single bolt increases V-twin engine character, providing strong power pulses

• high capacity without the airbox is located on both sides of the engine

• small diameter iridium plugs penetrate deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially when working with low load

• dual mufflers, one on each side of the bike, with a maximum distance for luggage

• development of the motor offers a wider range of acceleration 5-70 mph

• Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds

The next generation of injection

• Use a sensor instead of the usual three to reduce the complexity and weight

• The Nomad Touring uses the oriented FI and exhaust tuned to achieve maximum torque and power at high revs the engines used in the standard Vulcan 1700 cruisers On Board Diagnostics

• Diagnostic system allows self testing of electronic systems for 1700 Vulcan

• The system displays the codes for the instrumentation, which can be read using optional user manual

Board diagnostic systems

• The diagnostic system allows self testing of electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700

• The system displays the instrumentation code, which can be read by the owner through manual accessories

Electronic throttle

• The fully electronic throttle activation allows ECU to control the volume of intake air (via throttle angle) and fuel (via fuel injection time) delivered to the motor

• Optimized fuel injector and when the results of the butterfly position in engine response and precise power

• Control of fuel injection and air control allows easy and accurate starting cold engine idle

• Select a driver point of view, the ETV works like a wire throttle, the throttle grip is still connected to the wires, so you feel the same extract

• turning the gas will change the pulley of the throttle body, which activates the throttle position sensor (APS), which sends the signal to the rule then the throttle valves via a DC motor

• The exact location is transmitted to the ECU throttle position sensor (TPS)

• APS and TPS send two sets of signals to the ECU for system redundancy in the unlikely event of sensor failure

Cruise Control

• Cruise control can be turned on and set completely right handlebar

• Cruise control can be activated by the third or higher at any speed between 30 mph and 85 mph

• Press the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal will automatically release the cruise control will manually roll back the butterfly

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive

• six-speed gearbox Positive Neutral Finder

• 5 and 6 are cross overdrive gears for excellent fuel economy at highway speeds

• Carbon fiber tape 28 mm final tensile strength is 40 percent higher compared to current Kevlar belts, which allows the Vulcan 1700 to use the thin belt of 2 mm wider than the unit Vulcan 900 Kevlar

• The belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Light handling chassis

• The frame has a short wheelbase for optimum ergonomics and easy to maneuver

• Lightweight and thin, frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trim any unnecessary metal. Only forged are the areas that require more power, down-tube joint, engine mount, semi-stand bracket, and rear fender / shock absorber bracket

• The compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates handling at low speeds, especially maneuvers such as parking or U-turn

43 mm telescopic fork

• Provides excellent management information

• 5.5 inches of travel for excellent ride quality

• Optimization of the parameters of damping and spring for a luxury ride, but controlled

Dual adjustable rear shocks Air

• Air conditioning shocks can be adjusted to fit the variables of the driver and passenger numbers

• 4-way adjustments shock damping to compensate for variations in the pressure of the spring

Shock covers • Chrome contribute to the overall goal of the bike deluxe

A 9-spoke airbag

• Allow the use of tubeless tires and complement the style of the Nomad

• 130/90 170/70 front and rear tires

• The tire choice and suspension settings for the selected platform to "increase the handling characteristics of the classic V-Twin Styling

• The basic design of the engine of a positive impact on the V-Twin looks

• The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape, which continues to flow through the bike

• Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces, their three-dimensional shape, volume and provides a high quality appearance

• The edges of the cooling fins have a special treatment that makes the sun shine NC

• All engine parts do not have a matte black chrome finish to accentuate the chrome

V-Twin Classic Style

• The basic design of the engine of a positive impact on the V-Twin looks

• The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape that continues to flow through the bike

• Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces, their three-dimensional shape, volume and provides a high quality appearance

• Cooling fins are a special NC treatment that makes them shine in the sunlight

• All engine parts do not have a matte black chrome finish to accentuate the chrome


• tank with hand-carved forms constantly employ varying radii, when the wheel a dynamic flowing style that pleases both the eye and touch

• The elegant shape of the tank contributes to the Nomad's curvaceous figure

• Design of front fenders continues around the rear bumper, which has an elegant LED taillight


• The position switch allows you to remove the key, the keys to preventing scratching the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is working

• Turn the ignition switch "OFF" turns off the engine and requires rehabilitation of the key to restart

• Multi-function LCD displays on the instrument cluster mounted on tank are controlled by switches on the right handle. Features include a gear position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel

• Liberal use of chrome engine, fender supports, light stays, saddlebag accents and front and rear guards, contrasts nicely frame deep gloss paint