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Equipped with a riders backrest. This is a fully dressed Noman! Ready to tour.


When Kawasaki increased passenger comfort and added additional chrome to its 2005 Vulcan® 1600 Nomad™ – as if the extra engine displacement wasn’t enough – it was pleased by rider response to this elegant cruiser. The attractive and well-equipped Nomad returns to the line-up in 2006 in both two-tone dress and in “basic black” and brings with it that same promise of the beckoning open road.

Its 95ci V-twin engine not only smoothes out backroads and highways, but produces enough torque to gain a new appreciation for a well-outfitted cruiser.

The engine features a single overhead cam and four valves per cylinder. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain valve clearance for smooth engine performance, reduced noise and reduced maintenance, while automatic cam chain tensioners keep cam timing accurate with virtually no maintenance.

The digital fuel injection system feeds each cylinder the appropriate fuel mixture through dual 36mm throttle bodies. A separate intake tract for each throttle body provides smooth engine operation, and the top of each injector contains four small nozzles, with two aimed at each intake valve.

A 16-bit electronic engine control unit (ECU) features programming tailored specifically for the Nomad’s fuel injection system. Using readings from various sensors, it monitors engine coolant temperature, intake air temperature, atmospheric pressure, intake air pressure and throttle position to adjust the amount of fuel injected.

Attention to these engineering details provides the 1600 Nomad with the best balance of power and performance, so the rider has an abundance of torque for any riding condition.

Large engine mounts and a gear-driven engine counter balancer reduce handlebar and floorboard vibration, yet these features do not interfere with the engine’s distinctive V-twin rumble or power-pulse feeling from its single-pin crankshaft.

The 1600 Nomad’s steering geometry is designed so that the motorcycle feels more neutral at low speeds, as when maneuvering in parking lots.

The 1600 Nomad is endowed with chrome and comfort features: Chrome engine guards are standard and a thick passenger seat includes a backrest and aluminum grab bars. Floorboards for the passenger combine to make long-distance rides more comfortable and pleasurable.

Self-canceling turn signals, 5.3-gallon fuel tank, topped by an elegant electronic speedometer and LED odometer/tripmeter display let Nomad owners fully enjoy their ride. Streamlined hard saddlebags provide generous storage for those hard-to-resist overnight rides. Plus, standard features such as an adjustable windshield, plush air-assisted rear suspension and adjustable levers tailor the Nomad to its rider.


Model Year
Vulcan® 1600 Nomad™
Sale Price
Two-tone Metallic Dark Green / Metallic Phantom Silver
Stock Number
Additional Pricing Info
SAFETY Inspected and Fully SERVICED


772 lbs.
66.5 in.
Seat Height
28.3 in.


4-stroke, SOHC, 50° V-twin, 4-valve cylinder head, Liquid cooled
1552 cc
Bore x Stroke
102.0 x 95.0 mm
Maximum: 94 lb.-ft. @ 2,700 rpm
Compression Ratio
DFI with Keihin 36 mm throttle bodies (2)
Fuel Tank Capacity
5.3 gal.
TCBI dual plug digital advance


Final Drive


Front: Dual 300 mm discs with 2-piston calipers
Rear: Single 300 mm disc with 2-piston calipers
Front: 150/80-16
Rear: 170/70-16


Front: 43 mm Fork, 5.9 in. travel
Rear: Twin air-adjustable shocks, 4-way rebound damping, 3.9 in. travel
7.2 in.

Standard Features

V-Twin Engine
 Engine displacement of 1,552cc/95ci for more torque  
 Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) with dual 36mm throttle bodies  
 Dual mufflers allow more clearance for saddlebags  
Liquid Cooling
 Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power  
 Auxiliary fan keeps things cool during all operating conditions  
Four Valves per Cylinder
 Boosts low-end torque  
 Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow  
 Hydraulic valve lash adjusters require low maintenance  
Gear-driven Engine Balancer
 Counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration  
 Allows use of single-pin crankshaft for the desirable power-pulse feeling  
Rubber-mounted Engine
 All but eliminates engine vibration at all speeds  
Five-speed Transmission
 Great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising  
Positive Neutral Finder
 Just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily  
5.3-gallon Fuel Tank
 Rounded-edge finish for clean, upscale look  
 Large capacity for extended touring range  
Large, Adjustable Windshield
 Large windshield gives excellent rider and passenger weather protection  
 Windshield is adjustable up and down two inches  
 Heavy-duty chromed support hardware holds the windshield rock steady  
Hard Saddlebags
 Designed for easy packing, these saddlebags carry an amazing amount of gear  
 Lockable, side-open design for smooth looks and quick access  
 Soft, removable inner bags available as an optional accessory  
 Color-matched for integrated style  
Passenger Comfort
 Floorboards, standard backrest and thick seat provide maximum passenger comfort on long rides  
Triple Disc Brakes
 Dual discs up front for maximum stopping power  
 Large, single rear disc because touring bikes carry so much of the load on the rear wheel  
Shaft Drive
 Reliable, clean and quiet low-maintenance system  
Hydraulic Clutch Release
 Easy to operate, requires virtually no adjustment  
Adjustable Control Levers
 Fits variety of rider sizes and styles  
Electronic Speedometer
 Eliminates conventional cable-drive system  
Tubeless Tires
 Lower operating temperature extends tire life  
Air-Adjustable Rear Shocks
 Rebound damping is 4-way adjustable to tailor fit the ride  

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