Am I missing something? Did they do away with the Nomad and Classic in '15? Really....get rid of the Nomad? They can't get rid of one of their staples, can they????
I can't imagine any road bike manufacturer not producing a touring model, but what gets lost is that for decades, people toured on 1200 CC motors or less. Heck, as a kid I used to see people going cross country on 750 Hondas loaded to the gills. The big cruiser is a fairly recent thing, but a 1500 will carry you, your passenger and all your gear all day every day.
I don't know how many 1700 Classics they sold, but I do know that my local dealer had one sitting on the floor for months and months, and nobody bought it. I TRIED to give them my money several times, but they didn't seem to have any interest in moving it. Heck, I was trying to give them MSRP, PLUS buy modifications to make it fit me. That wasn't enough motivation for them, I guess.My impression is that the Vulcan 1700 Classic was a slow selling model as was the 1700 Classic LT. Nomad sales stagnated after the Vaquero arrived.
It's true. Yep. Unless somebody has brand loyalty for Kawasaki, there's no real inventive to pass up a Harley for a bike that costs just about the same.Based on my perspective, the large displacement metric cruisers cannot compete with Harley-Davidson as prices for the former have met and exceeded those of the comparable HDs although exceptions exist.
Yeah, I've heard stories of dealers being really motivated to move them, but these guys just didn't seem to care! When you tell the guy, "Find me a lowering solution, and I'll buy this bike right now!", and he says, "I'll call you tomorrow" but you get no phone call . . . Try that a few times! LOL!Wow that's surprising. I bought a brand new leftover 2011 1700 Classic in Feb of 2013 for $9000 plus tax (no other fees). If I'm not mistaken the MSRP was $11,500. The dealer couldn't wait to push it out the door, it had been in his showroom for a couple years. It was a beautiful bike but it had issues; throttle hesitation and very clunky transmission. I only had it six months and moved on....
Yeah, I've heard stories of dealers being really motivated to move them, but these guys just didn't seem to care! When you tell the guy, "Find me a lowering solution, and I'll buy this bike right now!", and he says, "I'll call you tomorrow" but you get no phone call . . . Try that a few times! LOL!
I have heard stories about the throttle hesitation. As far as the clunky transmission goes, I know my Road King can be pretty clunky, too (especially when it's cold). The Ol Man's transmission isn't near as clunky as mine is, but he's running a different oil in his transmission than I am. Either way, I'm told that the bigger the transmissions get, the clunkier they can be. Eh, who knows.
All in all, I was just disappointed by the experience. I was really liking that motorcycle, but they just weren't going out of their way to sell it to me. So, I found myself thinking "If this is the experience when I'm trying to buy the bike, what will it be like when I have a recall, or I need to replace a part, etc?". And, with that, I moved on.
I do wonder what Kawasaki's game plan is, though!
The Dyna models have a very, very loyal following. It's basically like a 900 frame with a 1700 motor. They're very fast, and very fun. A friend has a Low Rider, and she absolutely LOVES it. It fits her perfectly. But, she can't fathom the idea of riding an FL. Me? I love my RK! They're VERY different animals!I did like the HD Dyna Switchback much better than the Road King Classic while taking demo rides on both. Was expecting it to be the other way around.
They're definitely not worth it if it's not what you want. Some people like Gold Wings . . . I think they're worthless. It's all in what you want - nothing wrong with that!However, neither one was worth all the extra money vs my current steed.
That was my impression too. When I was looking a little while back the 1st impression was that it's a relatively small bike despite the motor. That's why I was drawn to the RK family or a different brand. Ultimately HD didn't win me over although a mate of mine bought a dyna & he's as happy as larry with it.The Dyna models have a very, very loyal following. It's basically like a 900 frame with a 1700 motor.
Definitely understood! A Dyna is an awesome ride for scooting around town, bar-hopping, winding roads, and "speed demonstrations"!Well, for me personally, the Dyna Switchback has roomier ergonomics for my 34" inseam vs Road King Classic plus I was sitting in the bike rather than on it. Road King Classic was smoother though. Longer road trips gives the nod to RKC. DS is a great all around bike and ideal for the winding back roads I frequent.
Just a thought for you!My steed wouldn't be worth all that much as a trade-in and would definitely loss a bundle selling it privately. Would cost me several thousands more to get the DS which isn't that much better, if at all, than my 1500 Classic FI. Might change my tune in a couple of years!
It was basically born by putting a big twin engine in a Sporty frame. I know lots of people that ride 2-up for lots of long-distance trips, but it would drive me insane!That was my impression too. When I was looking a little while back the 1st impression was that it's a relatively small bike despite the motor. That's why I was drawn to the RK family or a different brand. Ultimately HD didn't win me over although a mate of mine bought a dyna & he's as happy as larry with it.
I did sit on the Low Rider and Street Bob with mid-controls and both were too cramped for me. Took demo ride on Street Bob with forward controls which was a much better fit although I'd rather have floorboards.Definitely understood! A Dyna is an awesome ride for scooting around town, bar-hopping, winding roads, and "speed demonstrations"!
More into the retro FXDXT bags from Leather Pros than hard bags. Dyna Switchback has that beefier front end as does the Dyna Fat Bob. Not into the dual headlights nor rear fender on DFB although both can be changed.