2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Amazing Sport Touring

The all new Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad features the most advanced and sophisticated long stroke liquid-cooled V-Twin engine in Kawasaki history, along with all the features you need for weekends out of town. Fully outfitted with a protective adjustable windshield, lower fork-leg wind deflectors, an ergonomic saddle and floorboards for the rider, a separate rear seat with back rest, hand grips and floorboards for the passenger, and large hardcase touring saddlebags to share. Be careful though owning a Nomad may turn you into one.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Saddle Bag Holding an amazing 10 gallons of gear apiece, the Nomad’s standard top-opening hard saddlebags are fully weatherproof and feature sturdy locks for security and chrome guards for a classic look.  Vulcan 1700 Nomad easy-to-use cruise control works with the 1700 Nomad’s fully electronic throttle valve system (ETV) to set steady speeds between 35 and 85 mph in third through sixth gears.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad designed to be as light and slim as possible, the Nomad’s single backbone double cradle frame offers a short seat-to-steering head distance, with a correspondingly short wheelbase. That easy-to-reach handlebar facilitates slow-speed maneuvering and helps maximize rider confidence. Adding to the light and easy handling are suspension components that match the Vulcan 1700 Nomad’s intended usage. An elegantly simple rear swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks provides 3.1 inches of rear suspension travel, and features air spring preload and four-way rebound adjustment. Up front, a large 43mm fork offers precise steering feedback and 5.5 inches of travel. 

The key to the 2012 Vulcan 1700 Nomad considerable flexibility is its blend of touring-oriented hardware and the uniquely designed Vulcan 1700 platform, which offers a ton of versatility and performance whether in Voyager, Classic or Nomad configuration. It all starts with that engine, a thoroughly modern interpretation of the big-inch V-twin that’s forged such a hearty reputation over the decades. This 1,700cc powerplant 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. Redesigned mufflers not only enhance the look, but also give it the deep sound you’d expect from a bike like this. There’s not only loads of torque down low the range you’ll spend most of your time in while aboard but there is also plenty of grunt all the way to 5,000 rpm. Just twist the throttle and the Nomad generates forward thrust without hesitation, providing ample acceleration for spirited riding and waves of low-rpm torque when you’re just thump-thumping along in top gear, checking out the scenery and relaxing.

More useful technology is found in the Nomad’s fully Electronic Throttle Valve system. Working with the rest of the advanced fuel injection system, the electronic throttle valve enhances engine response without detracting from its distinctive V-twin feel. The system utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). Both units feed data to the ECU, which adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers a natural throttle feel, because the APS is activated by a throttle body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip. Besides the obvious FI advantages such as improved fuel economy and automatic adjustment for altitude changes, the system also permits easy hands-off warm-up and idle speed control. The Nomad also features a water-cooled alternator that produces a staggering 46.8 amps of electrical output – plenty to power a selection of electronic accessories to enrich motorcycle travel.

The Nomad’s electronic cruise control system is conveniently operated from the right handlebar, and can be engaged at any speed between 30 and 85 mph in any of the top four gears. The cruise system can be disengaged in any of the following ways: brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake pedal, or manually turning the throttle grip past the “closed” position. Its six-speed transmission offers positive shifting action and features overdriven 5th and 6th gears, which contribute greatly to a relaxed ride and excellent fuel economy at highway speeds. Power is routed to the rear wheel via a carbon fiber drive belt that has a 40-percent higher tensile strength than current Kevlar belts.

Breakfast in town or brunch at the beach you decide aboard the new Vulcan 1700 Classic LT. With leather saddlebags and a full-size windshield to go with its premium engineering, a meandering Sunday ride never felt so right. You are riding on a machine that looks so great because the studded leather saddlebags, dual seats and backrest, along with t wo exclusive paint finishes, are unique to the Vulcan 1700 Classic LT. Add your choice of Genuine Kawasaki Accessories, and the Classic LT is definitely cruising at it s best.


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