Nomad Specification, History, and Lineage

1998 Kawasaki Nomad 1500

Nomads were introduced in 1998 as a model G1, the 1999s were G1A the only differences are in the crash bars, oil sight glass location and positioning of helmet locks. The 1998 was introduced in North America as a 1999. Only in Europe and Asia was it released as a 1998. In the USA, the crash bar was an option but a standard accessory in Canada. Raising a bit of a stink in the USA could get you the crash bar included. Also, the 1998 was missing another, smaller sight glass at the back of the crankcase cover. We believe the colors available for 1998 were the same as 1999, Candy Amaranth Red Mica/Candy Persimmon and Pearl Boulogne/Candy Arsenate Green. 

 

Engine: VN1500-G1
Displacement: 1470 cc
Bore and Stroke: 102.0 x 90.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 83.2 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 8.6:1
Carburetor: Keihin CVK 40mm
Rake Angle: 32 degree
Front Wheel Travel: 5.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 3.9 in.
Front Tire Size: 150/80-16
Rear Tire Size: 150/80-16
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.2 gal.
Seat Height: 28.3 in.
Dry Weight: 725 lb.

1998 Kawasaki Nomad

1999 Kawasaki Nomad 1500
Introduced as a G1A model. Colors available: Candy Amaranth Red Mica/Candy Persimmon

and Pearl Boulogne/Candy Arsenate Green
Note: 1999 model had the plastic oil pump gear.

 

Engine: VN1500-G1A
Displacement: 1470 cc
Bore and Stroke: 102.0 x 90.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 83.2 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 8.6:1
Carburetor: Keihin CVK 40mm
Rake Angle: 32 degree
Front Wheel Travel: 5.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 3.9 in.
Front Tire Size: 150/80-16
Rear Tire Size: 150/80-16
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.2 gal.
Seat Height: 28.3 in.
Dry Weight: 725 lb

1999 Kawasaki Nomad

2000 Kawasaki Nomad 1500
Colors available: Candy Cardinal Red/Pearl Gentry Gray or Pearl Purplish Black Mica
Note: 1st year for Fuel Injection, but the 2000 model was a carb, FI mix. Changed to a steel oil pump gear.

 

Engine Type: 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement: 89.7 cu. in.
Bore x Stroke: 102 x 90 mm.
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Valve System: SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel System: Digital Fuel Injection
Ignition: Digital
Starting: Electric
Transmission: 5-speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Frame type: Double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail: 32 degrees / 7.4"
Wheelbase: 65.6"
Suspension, Front-41 mm. cartridge-type telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear-Dual air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping
Tire Front: 150/80-16
Tire Rear: 150/80-16
Brakes, Front-Dual discs
Brakes, Rear-Disc
Seat Height: 28.3"
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons
Dry Weight: 739 pounds

2001 Kawasaki Nomad
2001 Kawasaki Nomad

2001 Kawasaki Nomad 1500

Colors available: Luminous Vintage Red/Metallic Canyon Silver or Galaxy Silver/Pearl Chateau Gray 

 

Model: VN1500-L2

Engine Type: 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement: 1470cc
Bore x Stroke: 102 x 90 mm.
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Valve System: SOHC, 8 valves
Carburetion: Mitsubishi 36mm x 2
Ignition: Digital
Starting: Electric
Transmission: 5-speed
Rake: 32 degrees
Wheelbase: 65.6"
Suspension, Front-41 mm. hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear-air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping
Tire Front: 150/80-16
Tire Rear: 150/80-16
Brakes, Front-Dual discs
Brakes, Rear-singe disc
Seat Height: 28.3"
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons
Dry Weight: 739 pounds

2002 Kawasaki Nomad 1500

Colors available: Ebony/Candy Cardinal Red or

Pearl Burnish Beige/Pearl Luster Beige

 

Model: VN1500-L3
Engine Type: 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement: 1470cc
Bore x Stroke: 102 x 90 mm.
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Valve System: SOHC, 8 valves
Carburetion: Mitsubishi 36mm x 2
(Digital Fuel Injection was introduced later this year)
Ignition: Digital
Starting: Electric
Transmission: 5-speed
Rake: 32 degrees
Wheelbase: 65.6"
Suspension, Front-41 mm. hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear-air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping
Tire Front: 150/80-16
Tire Rear: 150/80-16
Brakes, Front-Dual discs
Brakes, Rear-singe disc
Seat Height: 28.3"
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons
Dry Weight: 743 pounds

2002 Kawasaki Nomad
2002 Kawasaki Nomad

2003 Kawasaki Nomad 1500:

Colors available: Black Pearl or Luminous Vintage Red/Pearl Luster Beige
 

Vulcan 1500 Nomad
Engine type: 4-stroke V-Twin
Displacement: 1470 cc
Bore x stroke: 102 x 90mm 
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Valve system: SOHC, 8 valves
Cooling system: Liquid
Fuel system: Digital Fuel Injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital
Starting: Electric
Transmission: 5-speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Final Drive: Shaft
Frame type: Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/trail: 32°/188 mm (7.4 inches)
Suspension: front 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension: rear Dual air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping 
Tire front: 150/80-16
Tire rear: 150/80-16
Brakes: front/rear Dual discs/disc 
Wheelbase: 1665 mm (65.6 inches)
Seat height: 720 mm (28.3 inches)
Fuel capacity: 19 litres (4.2 gallons)
Dry weight: 337 kg (743 pounds)

2003 Kawasaki Nomad
2003 Kawasaki Nomad

2004 Kawasaki Nomad 1500

Colors available: Metallic Nocturne Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver

or Metallic Dark Bronze
Note: Last year for the 1500cc motor in the Nomad.

 

ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN
Type: Liquid cooled, 50-degree tandem V-twin
Valve arrangement: SOHC, 2 intake valves, 2 exhaust valves,

operated by hydraulic adjusters
Displacement, bore x stroke: 1470cc, 102 x 90mm
Compression ratio: 9:1
Carburetion: Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Wet sump, 3.7 qt.
Minimum fuel grade: 87 octane
Transmission: Wet, multiplate clutch, 5 speeds
Final drive: Shaft, 2.619:1

CHASSIS
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Overall length: 98.8 in.
Rake/trail: 32 degrees / 7.4 in.
Wheels: Cast aluminum, 3.0 x 16in. front, 3.5 x 16in. rear
Front tire: 150/80-16 71H Bridgestone Excedra G703, tubeless radial
Rear tire: 150/80-16 71H Bridgestone Excedra G702, tubeless radial
Front brake: 2, single-action, twin-piston calipers, 11-in. disc
Rear brake: single-action caliper, 12.5-in. disc
Front suspension: 41mm stanchions, 5.9-in. travel
Rear suspension: dual dampers, 3.9 in. travel, adjustable for air-pressure, rebound damping
Fuel capacity: 4.2 gal., (1.1 gal. reserve)
Wet weight: 775 lbs.
Weight bias (front/rear): 56.7 % rear wheel
Handlebar width: 32.5 in.
Seat height: 28.3 in.
Inseam equivalent: 33.2 in.

ELECTRICAL & INSTRUMENTATION
Battery: 12v, 14AH
Forward lighting: 55/60-watt headlight
Taillight: Dual bulbs
Instruments: speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge; warning lights for high beam, turns signals,

neutral, coolant temperature, oil pressure

PERFORMANCE
Fuel mileage: 23.2 to 38.0 mpg, 34.8 mpg average
Average range: 146.2 mi.
RPM at 60 mph, top gear: 2545
200 yard, top-gear acceleration from 50 mph, terminal speed: 65.9 mph
Quarter-mile acceleration: 15.11 sec., 84.05 mph

2004 Kawasaki Nomad
2004 Kawasaki Nomad

2005 Kawasaki Nomad 1600

Colors available: Galaxy Silver Type 2/Ebony or Metallic Ocean Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver
Note: Complete frame redesign, first year of the 1600cc motor in the Nomad. Also, there were a select number of 2005 Nomads made with a 1500cc motor at the start of the model year.

They have the same taillight as the 2004. 

 

Engine: Four-stroke V-twin, SOHC, 8-valve
Displacement: 1,552cc
Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 95.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Digital fuel injection with (2) 36mm throttle bodies 
Ignition: Digital
Transmission: Five-speed
Frame: High-tensile steel, double cradle
Rake / trail: 32° / 7.4 in.
Suspension type, front: 43mm hydraulic fork
Suspension type, rear: Dual hydraulic shocks
Tire, front: 150/80 x 16
Tire, rear: 170/70 x 16
Brakes, front / rear: Dual hydraulic 300mm discs / single 300mm disc
Overall length: 8'4"
Ground clearance: 5.3 in.
Seat height: 27.8 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase: 66.3 in.
Oil capacity: 3.3 US Qts. w/oil filter.

2005 Kawasaki Nomad
2005 Kawasaki Nomad
2006 Kawasaki Nomad
2006 Kawasaki Nomad

2006 Kawasaki Nomad 1600

Colors available: Metallic Dark Green/Metallic Phantom Silver or Ebony

 

Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, SOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, 50 degree V-Twin
Displacement: 1,552 cc
Bore and Stroke: 102.0 x 95.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 94 lb-ft @ 2,700 rpm
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel Injection: DFI with Keihiin 36mm Throttle Bodies (2)
Ignition: TCBI Dual Plug Digital Advance
Transmission: 5-Speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Rake/Trail: 32 degree/7.2 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 5.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 3.9 in.
Front Tire Size: 150/80-16
Rear Tire Size: 170/70-16
Wheelbase: 66.5 in.
Front Suspension: 43mm Fork
Rear Suspension: Twin Air Adjustable Shocks, 4-Way Rebound Damping
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm Discs with Twin-Piston Calipers
Rear Brake Type: Single 300mm Disc with Twin-Piston Calipers
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.3 gal.
Seat Height: 28.3 in.
Dry Weight: 772 lb.

2007 Kawasaki Nomad
2007 Kawasaki Nomad

2007 Kawasaki Nomad 1600

Colors available: Ebony or Ebony/Metallic Titanium or Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Titanium

 

Engine: Four-stroke, air/liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 50-degree V-twin
Displacement: 1,552cc / 95ci
Bore x stroke: 102.0mm x 95.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Cooling: Liquid
Induction: Digital fuel injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI dual plug with digital advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Frame: High-tensile steel, double cradle
Rake / trail: 32 degrees/ 7.2 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel: Dual air assisted shocks

with four-way rebound damping/ 3.9in.

Tire: front 150/80x16
Tire: rear 170/70x16
Brakes: front / rear Dual 300mm hydraulic discs / 300mm disc
Overall length: 99.0 in.
Overall width: 40.9 in.
Overall height: 59.3 in.
Seat height: 28.3 in.
Dry weight: 772 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase: 66.5 in.

2008 Kawasaki Nomad
2008 Kawasaki Nomad
2008 Kawasaki Nomad

2008 Kawasaki Nomad 1600
Colors available: Metallic Diablo Black or Candy Fire Red/Metallic Diablo Black

or Metallic Ocean Blue/Neutron Silver


Note: Last year for the 1600cc motor in the Nomad.

 

Engine Four-stroke, air/liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 50-degree V-twin
Displacement 1,552cc / 95ci
Bore x stroke 102.0mm x 95.0mm
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Cooling Liquid
Induction Digital fuel injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI dual plug with digital advance
Transmission Five-speed
Frame High-tensile steel, double cradle
Rake / trail 32 degrees/ 7.2 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.9 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Dual air-assisted shocks

with four-way rebound damping / 3.9 in.
Tire, front 150/80x16
Tire, rear 170/70x16
Brakes, front / rear Dual 300mm hydraulic discs / 300mm disc 
Overall length 99.0 in.
Overall width 40.9 in.
Overall height 59.3 in.
Seat height 28.3 in.
Dry weight 772 lbs.
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase 66.5 in.
Warranty 24 months
Good Times Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
For 2008, Kawasaki offered XM satellite radio through a new state-of-the-art

audio system offered on the VulcanT Nomad 1600 Touring model.

2009 Kawasaki Nomad 1700
Colors available: Candy Diamond Red/Pearl Luster Beige

or Metallic Nocturne Blue/Pearl Luster Beige or Metallic Diablo Black

Note: Complete redesign. First year of the 1700cc motor in the Nomad.
 

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x stroke 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Cooling Liquid, plus cooling fins
Ignition Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Transmission Six-speed with overdrive
Frame Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake / trail 30 degrees / 6.7 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks,

with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Tire, front 130/90x16
Tire, rear 170/70x16
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

Brakes, Rear: Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in.
Overall width 40.4 in.
Overall height 56.7 in.
Seat height 29.5 in.
Curb weight 822.5 lbs.
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase 66.5 in.
Warranty 12 months
Good TimesT Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months 

2009 Kawasaki Nomad
2009 Kawasaki Nomad
2009 Kawasaki Nomad

2010 Kawasaki Nomad 1700
Color available: Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Titanium

 

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance
Bore x stroke 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins
Ignition Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Transmission Six-speed with overdrive
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake/Trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks,

with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

Brakes, rear: Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in.
Overall width 40.4 in.
Overall height 57.7 in.
Seat height 28.7 in.
Curb weight 834 lbs.**
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Wheelbase 65.6 in.
Warranty 24 months
Good Times Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 month

2010 Kawasaki Nomad
2010 Kawasaki Nomad

2011 Kawasaki Nomad 1700
Colors available: Ebony/Metallic Moondust Grey or

Candy Neptune Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm 
Compression ratio 9.5:1 
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins 
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance 
Induction Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Final Drive Belt 
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone 
Rake/Trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in. 
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in. 
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks,

with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16 
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16 
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

Brakes, rear: Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in. 
Overall width 40.4 in. 
Overall height 57.7 in. 
Seat height 28.7 in. 
Curb weight 834 lbs.** 
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal. 
Wheelbase 65.6 in. 
Warranty 24 months 
Good Times Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

2011 Kawasaki Nomad
2011 Kawasaki Nomad

2012 Kawasaki Nomad 1700

Colors Available: Pearl Boulogne/Metallic Spark Black or

Metallic Imperial Red/Metallic Phantom Silver

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm 
Compression ratio 9.5:1 
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins 
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance 
Induction Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Final Drive Belt 
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone 
Rake/Trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in. 
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in. 
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks,

with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16 
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16 
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

Brakes, rear: Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in. 
Overall width 40.4 in. 
Overall height 57.7 in. 
Seat height 28.7 in. 
Curb weight 834 lbs.** 
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal. 
Wheelbase 65.6 in. 
Warranty 24 months 
Good Times Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months 

2012 Kawasaki Nomad
2012 Kawasaki Nomad

2013 Kawasaki Nomad 1700
Colors available: Metallic Titanium/Metallic Spark Black or

Candy Mystic Blue/Pearl Crystal White


Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm 
Compression ratio 9.5:1 
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins 
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance 
Transmission Six-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final Drive Belt 
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone 
Rake/Trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in. 
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in. 
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks,

with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16 
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16 
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

Brakes, rear: Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in. 
Overall width 40.4 in. 
Overall height 57.7 in. 
Seat height 28.7 in. 
Curb weight 834 lbs.** 
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal. 
Wheelbase 65.6 in. 
Warranty 24 months 
Good Times Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
 

2013 Kawasaki Nomad
2013 Kawasaki Nomad

2014 Kawasaki Nomad 1700:
Color available: Flat Ebony/Pearl Flat Crystal White 


Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm 
Compression ratio 9.5:1 
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins 
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance 
Transmission Six-speed with overdrive and positive neutral finder
Final Drive Belt 
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone 
Rake/Trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in. 
Front Suspension / wheel travel 43mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in. 
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks,

with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16 
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16 
Brakes, front: Dual 300 mm discs, dual twin-piston calipers

Brakes, rear: Single 300 mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Overall length 98.4 in. 
Overall width 40.4 in. 
Overall height 57.7 in. 
Seat height 28.7 in. 
Curb weight 834 lbs.** 
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal. 
Wheelbase 65.6 in. 
Warranty 24 months 
Good Times Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
 

2014 Kawasaki Nomad
2014 Kawasaki Nomad