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Big man looking at Nomad... big enough?

Let me start by saying I am a big guy ........... 6'4", 280 lbs with a 36 inch inseam.

I am looking to buy my first big cruiser and comfort is very important to me. I expect to ride most days even during cold weather, using the bike as my primary transportation 9 or 10 moths out of the year. I will be making several long rides every year from 500 to 1500 miles or so one way. I will also ride it to get groceries and on day trips. Most of the time I will be riding alone and might even just put a solo seat on it.

Will a Nomad 1500 be large enough for my frame? Will the comfort level still remain high if I add a rider? I am looking at a 2001 and a 2005 online right now and it is a 3 hour drive to each one.
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Don't know about the 1500 but my Vulcan 2000 fits me great. I'm 6 ft, 240 and about 33 inch inseam

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I'm a big guy too,own a 900 right now, but i have been on the nomad, definitely big enough for us, you may need to buy another seat, the stock seat made me feel like i was sitting on the gas tank, way to far forward.....ride on....
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Article about bikes for tall riders kinda surprised me that the vulcan 900 is a better fit ergonomically than the vulcan 2000. Also was surprised to see the boulevard c50 on there.

Im 6-5, 240 with a 34in inseam, my vulcan 2000 makes me happy, and my c90 boulevard was even more comfortable but lacked the beast power, so cant loose with either one of those

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Didnt see you were thinking nomad, not a very comfortable bike for a tall person if its the 1700, if its the 1600 thats a better fit imho

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I am a big guy too, 6'2" 240 with a 34" inseam and I ride a 1500 classic. It fits me fine with the highway pegs and there's plenty of power to get me over and the Sierra Nevadas. My wife has the 900 and I find that I feel crampt without a way to stretch out. Go big.


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Didnt see you were thinking nomad, not a very comfortable bike for a tall person if its the 1700, if its the 1600 thats a better fit imho
What is the difference between a Vulcan and a Vulcan Nomad?
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"Vulcan" is any v-twin made by Kawasaki. That may vary from the smallest which I think is a 750cc all the way up to the 2000cc.

Each cc may have several different configurations. For example the cc class I am most familiar with the 1700cc has four different configurations. They include the classic, the Nomad, the Vaquero, and the Voyager.

In some of the previous years some models may have fuel injection while others in the same cc class may be carborated.

The Nomads are all baggers. That is to say they have hard saddle bags.

I'm 6'2" and have a 1700 Nomad and Voyager and they will both fit the bill for a big man. I have heard that the 1500's and 1600's had as much or more room but I have no experience with them.

Hope this helps and if I misspoke on any part someone will correct me shortly.
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My Voyager fits me OK, but I am planning to replace the stock seat somtime. The stock seat pushes me up the gas tank. While the vibrations feel good on my balls, I would rather they not ride on the tank. I hear that both the Mustang and the Corbin seats are much more comfortable and move you back just a bit for relief.

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If you get a chance to sit on one, the frame of any cc class is virtually identical. So if you can find a 1500 Classic to sit on, it'll tell you how well a Nomad will fit. Generally though, Vulcans are very big-rider friendly.

I'm 6'2", was 330 when I bought my 900 and it fits great (and that's a 'smaller' bike on the line, but the funny thing is, it's really not; just the engine is. It fits similar to the 1600, 1700, and V2K I rode!). Currently still 6'2" and 250 and it still fits great!

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