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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-09-2016, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to Buy, a few questions

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I have been riding my 2003 SV1000S for nearly five years now. It's converted to solo, and frankly, I can't see riding two up on it at all. My wife asked me if we could look into adding a cruiser to the stable so we can go on trips together. I can't argue adding a second bike to the collection! While I started my quest to research which bikes are in my budget and comfort, I stumbled across the Vulcan. I found the 900 classic LT first and thought it would be more than good enough. I see people doing a few modifications, that I frankly rather not deal with. This will be intended just for the wife and I, while my SV will be my never ending project bike/corner carver. I found a local sale for a 2009 Nomad. While I am use to Japanese reliability, it has 54K miles on it. I'm typically not bothered by this, I'm at 48K miles on the SV. However, I wanted to reach out to the community and inquire if you, as owners, would buy a Nomad with that kind of mileage, or search for a better deal.

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Hello,

I have been riding my 2003 SV1000S for nearly five years now. It's converted to solo, and frankly, I can't see riding two up on it at all. My wife asked me if we could look into adding a cruiser to the stable so we can go on trips together. I can't argue adding a second bike to the collection! While I started my quest to research which bikes are in my budget and comfort, I stumbled across the Vulcan. I found the 900 classic LT first and thought it would be more than good enough. I see people doing a few modifications, that I frankly rather not deal with. This will be intended just for the wife and I, while my SV will be my never ending project bike/corner carver. I found a local sale for a 2009 Nomad. While I am use to Japanese reliability, it has 54K miles on it. I'm typically not bothered by this, I'm at 48K miles on the SV. However, I wanted to reach out to the community and inquire if you, as owners, would buy a Nomad with that kind of mileage, or search for a better deal.

Thanks for your time,

Eli
It really depends on the price. I see a fair number of low-mileage Nomads and Vulcan 1500s around here for cheap.

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I'm seeing around $5,000 price range on used 09's. Various sources, Craigslist, dealerships, etc.
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Found this one:

2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad

It's a little older than you're lookin at, but way fewer miles, looks to be in great shape, and is even a little cheaper. The pricing goes between this and 6 grand around here, depending on year/mileage.

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Cool, Thanks for the info.
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If the bike is well maintained, looks good and fits within your budget then go for it.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-14-2016, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Well, took the 900 and the 1700 for a test ride friday. Absolutely love the 1700 nomad. The 900 was okay, but not what I'm looking for in a cruiser. Went back Saturday and took the 1700 nomad home. This thing, is insanely comfortable.
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Good choice. Passengers find the Nomad very comfortable too.
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Great color scheme too!
LOL! Likewise!
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