Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Review

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad Review
Embodying classic American style, the Vulcan® 1700 Nomad™ can be the perfect companion for touring or just cruising down the boulevard. The key to the Nomad’s 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.

More useful technology is found in the Nomad’s fully Electronic Throttle Valve system. The system utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). The system offers a natural throttle feel, because the APS is activated by a throttle body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip. 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. 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. The Nomad rolls on nine-spoke cast wheels fitted with tubeless tires: a 130/90 front and 170/70 rear are mounted. Dual 300mm front disc brakes with twin-piston calipers and a 300mm rear disc brake with a two-piston caliper help bring this stylish machine to sure, powerful stops.