Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Northern Virginia
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Nomad
We don't appreciate these Vulcans enough
Just had my 15K mile service on my Nomad at 16.5K miles after about 16 months. Bike is running so smooth.
I've read a bit about the Milwaukee 8 and went to Harley's website to check out the Road King, which would be the equivalent of my Nomad. To get two tone paint (like my Nomad) and a passenger backrest, we're talking $21,070. That's $10,000 more than I paid for my new leftover Nomad a bit over a year ago. I see lots of very nicely priced brand new Vulcans (Voyagers, Vaquero's, even a few of the now discontinued Nomads) a year or more old. They're great deals.
Is the Harley with a Milwaukee 8 worth $10K more than a 1700 Vulcan? Everyone has their own preferences and beefs about their bikes, and I'm sure the new Road King (largely disfavored for the models with fairings, like the Kawis --- Voyager and Vaquero go on but Nomad discontinued) is a nice bike. But 10K more?
I really love my Nomad. (Loved my 900 too.) I just have a hard time believing the Harleys are worth $10K more. One of the maintenance guys in my shop has an Ultra and argued with me the other day when I suggested that the Harley's may have better fit and finish. He looked at mine (nothing fancy) and said "what are you complaining about?" I might disagree with him, as I do think some of the Harley's look nice. But $10K more?
I wonder why the Vulcans don't sell well compared to Road Kings, Rode Glides, and Road Glides Ultras (and regular Ultras). I really don't get it.
I do get the value of easier customization for the Harleys, which is due mainly to their popularity. But $10K more?
Maybe guys are getting deals on their Harleys. OK. How about $5K more. $5K more?
Happy and safe riding,
2011 Nomad: Black & Metallic Gray, Chuckster's Light Bar, Rac'nRay's Throttle Mod, Homemade Oversize Lowers, Kawasaki Trunk, Ivan's Flash
2014 900 Classic LT: (Sold to a happy buyer)
1975 Suzuki GT 185 (Great little twin)