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Wanting to buy Nomad 1500 1999 or newer

I just sold my 2004 volusia, looking for a Kawaski nomad 1500. I would like a 1999 to 2003 , anyone know of one that is priced right let me know. Thanks
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Don't buy a '99 Nomad unless the seller can prove to you that the plastic oil gear has been replaced with a steel gear. The '99 was the only Nomad that had the plastic oil gear. When the plastic gear fails, it can be a very expensive repair. Kaw replaced the gears on their dime for 10 years, but that ended after 2009. 2000 and up have no similar issue.

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^ That there is good info!


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^ That there is good info!
just might have saved him a couple grand

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Also some earlier models (1999-through part of 2002 I think) where carbed, later models are fuel injected. Not sure if that matters to you. My 03 is fuel injected.

One issue I am having is that I bent the shifter fork for 2nd gear (agressive shifting likely the cause). This causes it to pop out of 2nd gear when you really get on it in 2nd. It is ridable but the repair is expensive to the point I am looking at used engines. If you can test ride the bike you buy shift smoothly and then accellerate hard in 2nd gear to see if it has this problem. It is self inflicted and not super common but I know it has happened to several people.

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2000 had carb and FI, I have carbed. Cold blooded but besides that no problem. I had some work done on mine, including new steering stem bearings and now it runs fantastic! After getting my bike back from the shop I haven't ridden my VOL at all (usually it is my commuter), I love this bike! Been riding without windshield now for 3 weeks, when it drops into the 30's I will put it back on If you haven't check out VBA site for used bikes.


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Unless you just have to have the NEAT saddlebags you might consider a Classic and add what you want.....................



The 1500 FI Classics are the same bike as the 1500 Nomad. This is an 05 FI with Leatherlyke bags, trunk, Nomad seats (cushier), and an older HD fairing.

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I am looking at a 2003 vulcan classic 1500 tomorrow, it has 18,000 miles on it and the guy is only asking $3300. If it looks as good as the pics, I will be riding it home.
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I heard the 1500's were a little underpowered, thirsty and/or had a smaller gas tank. I am in the market for a Nomad as well, and have been looking for a 1600 to avoid "short legs" on the bike. Any opinions?

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