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Year: 2012

Model: Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad w/ CSC Kruze trike kit

Engine Size: 1700

Seat: Stock

Wheels: Front – Stock; Rear – CSC American Racing wheel

Accessories: California Side Car Kruze trike kit w/ matching CSC Escapade LE trailer and the following CSC options... Powertrak 7.8 degree triple tree, electric reverse, performance brake set, shock preloader, chrome passenger backrest w/ Graber Enterprise rear armrest and Show Chrome cup holder, chrome luggage rack, chrome wheel well trim, trailer hitch, trunk carpet and light kit, chrome LED license plate frame, fender bra, storage cover, CSC custom exhaust, Dobeck Gen 3 EJK, Avon Cobra front tire, Cooper rear tires on CSC American Racing wheels, OEM light bar, OEM chrome bottom covers for passenger floorboards, chrome radiator cover, National Cycle front tip set & speedometer visor, Genmar K112 risers, RJS heat deflectors, Kuryakyn Dually Offset foot pegs, Custom Dynamics Mini Beast air horn, Guardian bell, Wagner Xenon Britelite.

And the story: After quite a few years not riding, having spent my time with growing kids, restoring muscle cars, drag racing, walleye/bass/striper fishing and being a volunteer FF/EMT, I got the idea to get back into motorcycles. A friend of mine had just traded his Harley on a 1500 Nomad and told me not to just go back to Harley without checking out the competition. He was totally happy with his switch. After looking around I decided to buy a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT to not start back with such a big bike. The wife and I enjoyed it for four years but had talked the last year we owned it about moving to a larger bike more suited to longer distances.
In the fall of 2013, I was at our local dealer for a charity ride but was earlier than my riding buddies and got to looking around. I spied the 2012 1700 Nomad sitting there almost the same color as our 900 and inquired about it. The story was it was bought and serviced there but the owner had rode his brother-in-laws Gold Wing on the way back from Sturgis and decided V-twins weren’t for him and traded it. A few days later the wife and I rode it and her only complaint was it was too quiet. I said Vance & Hines could solve that issue and we ended up riding it home. After two years of happy riding (loved my six speed and cruise control on the highway BTW) we started to think about triking it in the future due to health issues with the both of us. After looking at other maker’s trikes, including a Tri-Glide since they are manufacturer built, we decided on doing a California Side Car Kruze kit on the Nomad. We had talked about this a lot, but were thinking maybe in an upcoming off season “one of these winters soon”. Our local dealer in the meantime had become the area California Side Car Dealer to our delight.
This past May, my brother and I were doing a pre-ride for the group we ride with and as I slowed to make a right-hand turn he couldn’t get his Harley whoaed up fast enough. He was following back far enough, and said later he saw my signals and brake light but just couldn’t stop. All I heard were squealing tires and it was over. His right engine guard hooked the lower chrome trim on my left saddlebag and when we came apart I got high-sided hard onto the road. Seven broken ribs, a broken collar bone that punctured my lung and a chip out of my hip bone. Thank God for leathers and a helmet. I spent three days in Critical Care and a day in a regular room before coming home. Laying in the hospital I said to my wife I guess now was the time to just go ahead and trike it. Didn’t make sense to let the insurance company make it a two wheeler again to just take it all apart to trike it later. So after two months recovery for me and the motorcycle, now trike, we are together in the wind putting on many smiles as Ponch would say. We decided to do a matching trailer for those long distance rides so the wife and I “could even take the kitchen sink along” as the saying goes. Our first day out on it netted a 271 mile ride. It is different not leaning into the turns but it is a good ride and corners like it is on rails. It feels good to be back in the wind leading my group as Road Captain again.


Jeff, Twin Cities, MN


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