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We are in the market for a larger touring bike. This one appeals to me on looks and specs. Haven't had a chance to test ride it yet. I'm about 6ft 250 lbs. Spousal unit is 5ft 3in. 140 lbs. (she says) :p . I might want to add a trunk. If any one knows if that's feasible with this scooter let me know . It is a 2009 Kawasaki Nomad 1700 has about 15k on the odometer. Asking price 4600.00. Thanks!!
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If it's in working order, it should do you just fine. Add the trunk, load it up and have some adventures. I don't know on pricing, but from a "can it do it" point of view that bike will do it.
 

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I just bought a Vulcan Voyager 1700 and I love it. If the Nomad runs well it'll be an excellent bike for you and mama.
 

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I had a 2011. It is a lot heavier than the Volusia, but rides very smooth. My spousal unit is 5' 3 and over 200 lbs and dearly loved the back seat on the Nomad. I added an ultimate seat.

What I didn't like about it was primarily the weight and the stability on the interstate was surprisingly poor. Wind blasts from trucks had me weaving all over the place. Not so on the Volusia.

That's a great price on that Nomad.
 
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I will be the lone voice of dissent. When I test rode the Nomad, I thought it was ponderous and heavy. In slow speed maneuvers it handled like an ore freighter. Then again, I don't like to Harley Ultra for the same reason.
 

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I had a 2011. It is a lot heavier than the Volusia, but rides very smooth. My spousal unit is 5' 3 and over 200 lbs and dearly loved the back seat on the Nomad. I added an ultimate seat.

What I didn't like about it was primarily the weight and the stability on the interstate was surprisingly poor. Wind blasts from trucks had me weaving all over the place. Not so on the Volusia.

That's a great price on that Nomad.
Thats weird that it gets blown around on the interstate, wonder why? Is that the reason you got rid of the bike? If not, what was the reason? Also did you ever check into putting a trunk on it? I'd like one that's fairly easy to remove.
 

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I will be the lone voice of dissent. When I test rode the Nomad, I thought it was ponderous and heavy. In slow speed maneuvers it handled like an ore freighter. Then again, I don't like to Harley Ultra for the same reason.
Are there any big cruisers like this that don't handle like a pig at slow speeds?
 

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my .02 , tough to beat a Gold Wing for touring
I kinda like the GW, but Ive been told by a couple of mechanics to stay away from the 1200 and 1500 due to cost of working on them. That leaves the newer ones which are out of the price range that I want to pay. Plus the wife did not really like the back seat of one that we sat on. Of course she may not like the back seat of any of the ones we sit on.:cautious:
 

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The Nomads are very good. No valve adjustment and very capable. Great choice! See if you can get it for $4200.
No valve adjustment ever? How do they pull that off? Yeah if I decide on this bike I will offer 4k see what he says. But it blue books at I think 5100.00. So I'd probably pay his asking.
 

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I just bought a Vulcan Voyager 1700 and I love it. If the Nomad runs well it'll be an excellent bike for you and mama.
If I could find a V V like yours at a price I wanna pay I'd probably snatch it up. My plan, if I buy this, is to make it as Voyager like as possible.
 

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If it's in working order, it should do you just fine. Add the trunk, load it up and have some adventures. I don't know on pricing, but from a "can it do it" point of view that bike will do it.
From looking at the back i'm not sure a trunk would work. Could just strap a big duffel bag on the back, that might work. What do you ride Lihpster?
 

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Thats weird that it gets blown around on the interstate, wonder why? Is that the reason you got rid of the bike? If not, what was the reason? Also did you ever check into putting a trunk on it? I'd like one that's fairly easy to remove.
I sold it primarily because I lost my job and it wasn't paid for. The problems I had with it weren't deal breakers. Of the 3 Kawasaki models with the 1700 engine, the Nomad is probably the least popular and suffers from a few handling differences the Vaquero and Voyager don't have. The Nomad has a handlebar vibration the others don't have. The platform is sound, but works better with the weight of the full fairing of the Vaquero and Voyager.

Is it a deal breaker? I would buy another, but given a choice, I'd rather have the Vaquero.

Edit: One other thing. If you ride agressively, you'll touch down with the floorboards sooner than the C50/Vol. That was one of the other things I didn't like about it. But most people don't ride a bike like a Nomad agressive.
 
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Crap-ton of bike for the $$, right there.

Between us, BearBait and I have owned a Vulcan 1500 cruiser, Vulcan 1600 Nomad, and Vulcan 1700 Vaquero. All of them tended to be top-heavy. But once you get used to that (practice a bunch before you take a passenger), they were trouble-free, strong, good-looking motorcycles.

Wompus makes an excellent trunk mount.

Just my thoughts; your mileage may vary.
 
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I just bought a Vulcan Voyager 1700 and I love it. If the Nomad runs well it'll be an excellent bike for you and mama.
LoL. Look what just became available about an hour ago and hit my radar. 2012 Voyager, 24k miles. Lots more money $9,650.00 asking price. But is still within my reach if I really want it. Opinions? Hows the price look? Says one owner, new tires and brakes. Quoted Whiskey cause he has one. But everybody feel free to chime in.
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But if I am going to buy at my maximum limit which is 10k. Then I also have this to consider. 2009 Ultra Glide Limited, 21k miles, asking $10,500.00 Pretty sure he would take 10k. Any opinions on Harley Vs Kawasaki ? Any opinions on this specific Harley ?
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