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Traditional Styling with Contemporary Technology

The Vulcan® 1700 Nomad™ ABS may look like it rolled out of the history books, but at its heart, the Nomad is a thoroughly modern motorcycle. Outfitted with a full-sized windshield, hard saddlebags, floorboards, backrest and standard cruise control, this Vulcan has everything needed to both stand out on the boulevard and follow the front wheel towards distant horizons. The low-slung seat makes maneuvering a breeze at the local bike night while the shape and padding of the saddle and pillion keep the rider and passenger comfortable during long days on the open road. Through it all, the pulse of the 1,700 cc V-twin wraps itself around your soul, enticing you to keep on riding long after the sunset has stopped reflecting in the Nomad’s silky two-tone paint.


Model Year
Vulcan® 1700 Nomad™ ABS
Starting at MSRP


98.4 in.
57.7 in.
40.4 in.
Curb: 842.3 lbs.
Ground Clearance
5.5 in.
65.6 in.
Seat Height
28.7 in.


4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 52° V-twin
103.7 ci (1,700 cc)
Bore x Stroke
102 x 104 mm
108 ft. lbs. @ 2,750 rpm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Digital fuel injection with (2) 42 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Tank Capacity
5.3 gal.
TCBI with digital advance
Liquid plus cooling fins


6-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final Drive


Front: (2) 300 mm discs, (2) 2-piston calipers with Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS system
Rear: (1) 300 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS system
Front: 130/90x16
Rear: 170/70x16


Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Front: 43 mm hydraulic fork; 5.5 in. travel
Rear: Swingarm with 2 air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping; 3.1 in. travel
7 in.


Pearl Flat Crystal White / Flat Ebony

Standard Features

Key Features
 Height adjustable, full-sized, windshield provides classic style and optically correct view  
 Weatherproof, lockable, color matched, top-opening hard saddlebags offer ample, easy to pack storage  
 Deluxe passenger backrest with stylish chrome bracket and ergonomic grab handles for passenger comfort  
 Powerful 1,700 cc single crankpin V-twin offers great sound and impressive torque  
 Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT ABS system builds rider confidence by helping execute controlled, balanced braking  
 6-speed transmission for effortless acceleration and relaxed cruising at highway speeds  
 Electronic cruise control maintains speed, reducing rider fatigue on long trips, and interfaces with the electronic throttle valve system for smooth operation  
 Low 28.7 inch seat height enhances rider comfort and confidence  
Adjustable Windscreen
 Handlebar-mounted and optically correct, the adjustable windscreen is shaped for optimum airflow management without compromising the Nomad’s cruiser styling  
 Strong, chrome-plated steel supports  
 2-position height  
 Sub-windshield and deflectors further increase wind protection  
 The sub-windshield covers the area between the windshield and headlight when the windshield is in the raised position, while fork-mounted deflectors help direct air away from the rider’s legs  
Touring Seats and Passenger Backrest
 Sculpted rider and passenger seats offer all-day comfort and support  
 Sturdy backrest with integrated passenger grab bars contributes to passenger confidence  
 Passenger floorboards add extra comfort to the 2-up equation  
Hard, Lockable Side Cases
 The Nomad features hard, lockable, top-opening side cases that each provide 10 gallons (38 liters) of sealed storage space for overnight touring  
 Front and rear guards help protect the bike’s engine and hard side cases in the event of a tip-over  
 Helmet locks are conveniently located on the left- and right-side saddlebag guards  
Powerful 1,700 cc V-twin engine
 Liquid-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700 cc, 52 degree, V-twin engine  
 Long-stroke 102 x 104 mm bore and stroke helps deliver high levels of torque with a distinct V-twin feel  
 Valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quicker revving and enhanced mid-high rpm power  
 Semi-dry sump design allows a lower crankshaft placement and a longer piston stroke without increasing engine height  
 Single-pin crank accentuates the engine’s V-twin character by providing stronger power pulses  
 Large-capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine  
 Small-diameter iridium sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation  
 Dual mufflers, 1 on each side of the bike, allow maximum clearance for luggage  
 Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 50 to 70 mph range  
 Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds  
Digital Fuel Injection
 The touring-oriented Nomad utilizes DFI® and exhaust systems tuned to reach peak torque and horsepower at a higher rpm than the engines used in standard Vulcan 1700 cruisers  
On Board Diagnostics
 Onboard diagnostic system allows self-testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700  
 System displays codes on the instrumentation, which can be read by owner using accessory manual  
Electronic Throttle Valve System
 Fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of intake air (via throttle valve angle) and fuel (via fuel injector timing) delivered to the engine  
 Optimized fuel injector timing and throttle valve position results in accurate, powerful engine response  
 Control of both fuel injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control  
 From the rider’s perspective, the ETV works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip is still connected to cables, so the feel at the grip is the same  
 Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body, which triggers the Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) to send a signal to the ECU, which then modulates the throttle valves via a DC motor  
 Accurate throttle position is relayed to the ECU by a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)  
 APS and TPS send 2 sets of signals to the ECU for system redundancy in the unlikely event of a sensor failure  
Cruise Control
 Cruise control can be engaged and adjusted entirely from the right handlebar  
 Cruise control can be activated in 3rd gear or above at any speed between 30 mph and 85 mph  
 Pressure on the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal will automatically disengage the cruise control, as will manually rolling off the throttle  
6-speed Transmission / Final Drive
 6-speed transmission with positive neutral finder  
 5th and 6th are overdrive gears for excellent fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds  
 28 mm carbon fiber final drive belt has a tensile strength that’s 40 percent greater compared to current Kevlar belts, allowing the Vulcan 1700 to use a slim belt only 2 mm wider than the Kevlar unit on the Vulcan 900  
 Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain  
Light Handling Chassis
 The frame features a short wheelbase for optimal ergonomics and easy maneuverability  
 Lightweight and slim, the frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require additional strength: the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket, and rear fender / shock absorber bracket.  
 This compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates low-speed handling, especially maneuvers such as parking or U-turns  
43 mm Telescopic Fork
 Provides superb steering feedback  
 5.5 inches of travel for excellent ride quality  
 Optimized damping and spring settings for a plush but controlled ride  
Dual Adjustable Rear Air Shocks
 Air-adjustable shocks can be tuned to match varying rider and passenger loads  
 4-way rebound damping adjustments help the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure  
 Chrome shock covers contribute to the bike’s overall luxurious finish  
9-spoke Cast Wheels
 Allow the use of tubeless tires, and nicely complement the Nomad’s styling  
 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires  
 Tire choice and suspension settings selected augment the chassis’ light handling characteristics  
Classic V-twin Styling
 Basic engine architecture positively impacts the V-twin’s overall appearance  
 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 3-D form adds volume and gives a high-quality appearance  
 Cooling fin edges have a special NC treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight  
 All the engine’s non-chromed parts have a Matte Black finish to accentuate the chrome  
 The fuel tank’s hand-sculpted contours employ constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamic flowing style which is pleasing both to the eye and to the touch  
 Elegantly shaped fuel tank contributes to the Nomad’s curvaceous figure  
 Front fender design continues through the rear fender, which features an elegant LED taillight  
 Ignition switch allows on-position key removal, which prevents keys from scratching the instrument cluster or tank while the bike is in operation  
 Turning the ignition switch to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart  
 Multi-function LCD displays on the tank-mounted instrument cluster 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 consumption.  
 Liberal use of chrome on the engine, fender brackets, light stays, saddlebag accents and front and rear guards contrasts nicely with the bodywork’s deep, lustrous paint  
Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS
 Nomad ABS features Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT II system, which helps riders to execute controlled, balanced braking. Designed to complement the riders’ brake inputs, the system distributes the ideal amount of brake pressure to maximize braking efficiency.  
 Low battery mode maintains ABS function while reducing signal frequency to conserve power when needed  
 For increased controllability in tight corners and when executing U-turns, K-ACT’s coactive function does not engage when braking is initiated at speeds below 12 mph  
 ABS function is disengaged at speeds below 4 mph  
 Dual 300 mm front disc brakes with 4-piston calipers and a 2-piston rear disc brake for sure, powerful stops  


Pearl Flat Crystal White / Flat Ebony

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