Kawasaki Vulcan Forum banner

1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
563 Posts
Don't know about the 1500 but my Vulcan 2000 fits me great. I'm 6 ft, 240 and about 33 inch inseam

Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
415 Posts
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....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
483 Posts
http://www.motorcycle.com/top10/top-10-best-cruisers-for-tall-people.html/10

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
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
483 Posts
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
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11 Posts
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.


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,232 Posts
"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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
213 Posts
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.

These can help too:
http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/workwear/ballroom-jeans/work-jeans.aspx
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,620 Posts
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!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
483 Posts
Go to cycle ergo.com to get an idea of how it might fit
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
63 Posts
I am barely 6'1" with 32" inseam and I still had lots of trouble getting my 1500 Nomad to fit me. Alterations included major seat relocation as seen in this pic, and 8" tall handlebar risers before I was comfortable for long rides. Everybody says the 1600 is a few inches more stretched out, as evidenced by it's longer gas tank. ANy bike will likely need some ergonomic adjustment for the long-limbed, but for a heavy-cruiser a 1600 would be a better platform to begin with.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
483 Posts
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!
Thats a lot of weight loss, congrats to you.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
104 Posts
I ride a 1500 classic. I am 6 foot 238. It fits me great. The orignal seat fits me also. Vulcans seem to fit bigger frames than some other bikes. Just keep sitting on as many differant bikes as you can to find one that fits.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
65 Posts
Probably not an answer that you want to hear. I have owned many bikes and have heard people much smaller than me complain that the same bikes are to small for them and people much bigger say the same bike fits perfect. In other words 2 people the same size have different ideas/needs of comfort.

Try to find a dealer that has used 1500/1600 Nomads on the floor. They are larger in the seating area than the 1700 Nomad (2009-up). There are seats/risers/bars you can get for 1700 Nomads, but that runs into an extra $500+. I would go for the 1600 it has better power than the 1500 Kaws I have owned. Both great engines.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top