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Hi everyone,
im looking at a 2006 Nomad 1600 with 115000KM on it for an excellent price (under 3K canadian). I have a few questions Im hoping I can get some feedback on...

- Is 115K a lot for a nomad? (thats about 75000 miles or so), what sort of life can I expect out of the engine?
-What should I look for and ask specifically when I go see the bike? anything to watch out for with this year/model?
-Can someone tell me, is this bike carborator or fuel injected?
-If I change the pipes, are they a direct swap with vance&hines, or do I need to do anything else (ie rejet the carbs, or whatever... etc...)?
-Do you find this bike comfortable and powerful enough? I had a vstar 1100 and it was missing some juice for me...
-anything else you can think of ?

I only really want to bike to last me 5-6 years and I'll probably do about 5K KM a year on it. Im going for low budget right now and will buy my dream machine when I have more scratch.

Thanks a lot in advance, im sure I'll think of others but I think those are the main ones.

Appreciate the help!
 

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Anyone?? Going to see it on Tuesday,
 

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I can only comment on the obvious, thats alot of miles to me, an '08 should be fuel injected, price is where it should be, i think you should be able to find a similar bike with less miles on it, especially these next couple of months, for around $3000-$3500. They have plenty of power, more than your vstar, the nomads weigh more, not particularly quick off the line, but torquey in higher gears, you do what you feel is right, but consider shopping around abit more too......ride on.....
 

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Well.....I'm not a 1600 owner nor a huge bike aficionado...but I think 75,000 is a lot for a used bike. The only 2 things that would make me think differently would be that for a 2006 he must have ridden it A LOT and that means some highway miles-but I could be wrong. The other would be a record of services or repairs he has done over the life of the bike.

As an example...I got the bike in my sig for $2800 USD. It had 33,000 on it. Honestly, I think you can do better...........
 

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If the basic maintenance has been done on schedule, the bike still has a lot of life in it. Is this guy the origanal owner? If so and it looks well kept, it should be good, I'd prefer a higher milage bike to one that only gets road a couple times a year. I have only owned 2 bikes in my life, and bought both new as leftover models, an 05 800 classic that I still own and ride occasionally with 110k miles on it. Its dependability is a big contributer to me buying a 12 Voyager 2 years ago last July, it now has over 40k trouble free miles. There is a fellow in Canada that has over 260k miles on his Voyager and I think he is still adding miles to it.


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Thanks, a lot of you seem to think I can do better, but I have not found anything better in terms of price, the guy is asking 2,995$ Canadian (which is like 2500$ USD or so). I think I can probably strongarm him down to $2500 CDN (or maybe less). I have not seen any 2006 or more recent for anywhere near $3000 cdn, the only others I have seen are '08's with 35K and those are going for ~$6500 CDN and more.

I found a premeux fairing with stereo and vance and hines pipes and a mustang seat for $1000 CDN (for all 3 items) for the 1600 (value around $3500 new) and so, if I'm able to get the bike dressed exactly as I want it for around $3500 CDN isnt that a good price? Or you still think its too high?

Let's say for the sake of argument it's a good price, what should I really look out for when I go see it? Are there specific gaskets or seals or anything on this year/model/bike that I should inspect? I plan on buying the carproof today. I know there are younger bikes out there, but the price is what keeps driving me towards this one, especially with the $1000 for the 3 items I found.... It's literally half the price of the others.
 

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Found a 2008 with 35k km for $5500, would you spend the extra $2500 for 35k km vs 115k km and 2 years difference in age?
 

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Found a 2008 with 35k km for $5500, would you spend the extra $2500 for 35k km vs 115k km and 2 years difference in age?
Hmmmm!!??? I wouldn't.
 

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But I would make sure that 2006 is in good shape. Look listen and feel. And ask for service and maintenance records.
 

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Depends on what kind of a mechanic you are. I ride an 08 1500 with almost 5000 miles on it. I asked several Kawasaki mechanics in 2 bike shops here locally what I could expect out of my 1500 and they all pretty much said the same thing. If you go strictly by the manual and are diligent in caring for your bike then 100,000 miles is not a stretch for the life of my 1500. I don't think these engines are much different. I would not want to buy a bike 3/4 to end of life, ( maybe closer as you will never know how it was maintained ) since I am not a mechanic and never will be I try to buy mine in hopes they won't need much work. I would keep looking if I were you as I would rather pay a little more, get a newer bike and one that is hopefully mechanically sound. Past experience is a bitter teacher and laying out all your cash to have a major repair happen and the bike end up sitting isn't my idea of a bargain. Why if I might ask are you in a hurry seems like you have some time to wait for a better deal unless it is warmer than I thought this time of year in Canada.
 

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Good points, I'm not much of a mechanic.... Also not sure why I'm in such a rush... I guess I just figured now's the time to get the bargains.. certainly wont be in spring!
I think you've enlightened me.. I might hold out and dish out a bit more cash next year for something newer...

Thanks!
 

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Screw it it think I'm gonna pull the trigger on this one. I have all the tools and like to tinker with my vehicles, itll probably b par of th fun learning how to fix and maintain a bike.
 

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Indecisive much ???

How much do you plan to ride each year? Let's say you do 5,000 a year. That's 5 years left if it gets to 100,000 miles. Not bad I guess. I out 4,000 on mine in 4 months....but I ride more than a lot of people.

I'm just saying man.....its your call. It could turn out to be an awesome bike that makes it to 200,000. But it could fall apart tomorrow (not likely). Just keep her up and keep some good oil in her.

And let us know from time to time how she's doing.
 

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I will, an yes indecisive is my middle name.
Everything I've read on the 1600, it's a good, solid self maintaining bike for the most part. Which oil and filter would you recommend ? If I can get 5 years @5k per year KM out of her and sell her for a bit of a loss, I can sleep very well with that !
 

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You can go wrong with Kawasaki's dyno oil, my 800 has over 100k miles on it. Many prefer the synthetic oils. Never heard anything bad about Mobile1, infact nothing but good, but never used it myself. Amsoil is another popular synthetic, along with Rotella 15w40 for deisel engines. Oils are more a preference thing with most people, the main thing is that its safe for wet clutchs, no friction reducers. Filters are about the same, kawasaki, K&N, and Bosch are all popular choices, I use the Bosch on both my bikes, a 3323?, its a bit longer than stock.
 

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Things to watch out for:

1. De-accel whine.
2. Second gear grind or jumping out.
3. Third member whine.
4. Handlebar shake/vibration/looseness.
5. Valvetrain tick or other top end noises.
6. Any starting/driveability issues hot/cold.
7. Any ill-conceived modifications.
8. Clutch slip.
 

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Thanks. well... I did it, got it for $2700 CAN. Don think I can go wrong, what's the worst case scenario? It costs me another 2k in repairs? Doubt it but that's worst case. The bike is clean and sounds really good, cant wait to hear it with the v&h pipes though... totally baggering this one.

Thanks for all your help, expect to see much more of me around here :)
 

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I'll echo others. Vulcans are reliable bikes and it'll last; but under $3k is not a great deal. You can find the same bike, for the same price, with far fewer miles if you look around. I think people are frequently surprised at just how cheap bikes go.
 
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