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And can hold on for a little longer, we may have a good aftermarket option.

I have a 2011 Nomad 1700 and have noticed there were no good after market options. Cobra and other reputable after market products were not made for this year. The frustration is the Kawi bar is over $400 but I wasn't willing to buy the $59 junk on ebay.

On another forum I noticed a lot of guys buying light bars from a forum member who custom makes them. Very nice looking light bar made to fit the specific model. I went to his website and neither did he have one for the 2011 1700 Nomad. After a few emails back and forth he has decided to manufacture one.

He just sent me notice over the weekend that design was finished and he is sending it to be milled. I am very excited about this option as his work looks top notch and is verified by many. Yet his prices are very reasonable compared to Kawi bars. He hasn't set a price but I would imagine it will be closely inline with his other products.

Anyway, all this to say I plan to get one from him when he is ready to sell. I will be sure to post pics with order and price info if everything works out. The reason I am posting this now is too many times in my life I have bought something, paying more than I prefer, only to discover a better deal a few days or weeks later.

I don't know him personally and will get no commission on anything that sells here. I am just very impressed with his communication and willingness to provide a product that is hard to find.
 

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Hi Wayfarer;

Thanks for the heads up. I have a '09 1700 Classic with the KQR windshield and would be interested in seeing if this light bar would fit. Seems the Classic is like the red headed step-child and isn't included in much of the after market parts. I guess it's what happens when you don't sell so many of them to have a big market. It looks like the Nomad light bar would fit my Classic, it would be good to have a possible source for one.

Thanks again for the info. Looking forward to what you find out...

WEG
 

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The Classic and Nomad have the exact same front end. So anything that fits the Nomad will fit the Classic.

I have several parts, Lightbar, Fairing and such...that we labeled as Nomad.

Luckily I have a friend with a Nomad and was able to compare to make sure.
 

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Hi CK

Thanks for confirming that. I did see that the Classic/classic LT/Nomad have the same p/n lightbar and the instruction sheet calls out all three models.
Good to know the Nomad and Classic models share the same front end.

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Problem with the nomad is the stock windshield and lowers keep most light bars from fitting. Classic doesn't have that problem.
 

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The classic LT and Nomad have the additional mounting parts for the windshield...which can indeed interfere with the lightbar, though only if the signal lights are mounted below the spotlights.
 

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Connecting the Kawasaki Light bar was very simple. Everything is included on the bar to include new turn signals so it was just two bolts and connect to the accessory connections inside the headlight.

You should be able to find Kawasaki lightbars from 20 to 25% off MSRP if you search online.
 

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Problem with the nomad is the stock windshield and lowers keep most light bars from fitting. Classic doesn't have that problem.
wf, itsa diff bike butt never did like lite bars. i put a pair of off road 4x4 lamps on my roll bars. does the trik. poncho
 

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I put on the Cobra lightbar, which (at least for this model) has the signals mounted below the spotlights. This did not allow the OEM lowers to fit anymore, so I had to get some extension brackets fabricated and chromed to push them further down.

I believe that the OEM lightbar has them to the side of the spotlights. So any lightbar with them to the sides should work fine with the OEM lowers.
 

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"...a forum member who custom makes them"

Joe "Chuckster" Norris? Or is it remaining a secret for the time being?
 

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And can hold on for a little longer, we may have a good aftermarket option.

I have a 2011 Nomad 1700 and have noticed there were no good after market options. Cobra and other reputable after market products were not made for this year. The frustration is the Kawi bar is over $400 but I wasn't willing to buy the $59 junk on ebay.

On another forum I noticed a lot of guys buying light bars from a forum member who custom makes them. Very nice looking light bar made to fit the specific model. I went to his website and neither did he have one for the 2011 1700 Nomad. After a few emails back and forth he has decided to manufacture one.

He just sent me notice over the weekend that design was finished and he is sending it to be milled. I am very excited about this option as his work looks top notch and is verified by many. Yet his prices are very reasonable compared to Kawi bars. He hasn't set a price but I would imagine it will be closely inline with his other products.

Anyway, all this to say I plan to get one from him when he is ready to sell. I will be sure to post pics with order and price info if everything works out. The reason I am posting this now is too many times in my life I have bought something, paying more than I prefer, only to discover a better deal a few days or weeks later.

I don't know him personally and will get no commission on anything that sells here. I am just very impressed with his communication and willingness to provide a product that is hard to find.
I have a 2010 Nomad with a Memphis Shade fairing and was wondering if you ever got this light bar working?
 

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And can hold on for a little longer, we may have a good aftermarket option.

I have a 2011 Nomad 1700 and have noticed there were no good after market options. Cobra and other reputable after market products were not made for this year. The frustration is the Kawi bar is over $400 but I wasn't willing to buy the $59 junk on ebay.

On another forum I noticed a lot of guys buying light bars from a forum member who custom makes them. Very nice looking light bar made to fit the specific model. I went to his website and neither did he have one for the 2011 1700 Nomad. After a few emails back and forth he has decided to manufacture one.

He just sent me notice over the weekend that design was finished and he is sending it to be milled. I am very excited about this option as his work looks top notch and is verified by many. Yet his prices are very reasonable compared to Kawi bars. He hasn't set a price but I would imagine it will be closely inline with his other products.

Anyway, all this to say I plan to get one from him when he is ready to sell. I will be sure to post pics with order and price info if everything works out. The reason I am posting this now is too many times in my life I have bought something, paying more than I prefer, only to discover a better deal a few days or weeks later.

I don't know him personally and will get no commission on anything that sells here. I am just very impressed with his communication and willingness to provide a product that is hard to find.
Did anything ever come of this?
Trying to find a good solid light bar for my 1700 classic
 

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Little point in trying to contact him here - he's not been seen in over four years.

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This is an old thread but it would be great if someone found a solution.
THe stuff on Ebay and Amazon that sells for $60.00 gets terrible reviews.
The only other thing available is the $400.00 OEM light bar. There doesn't seem to be anything in between at a reasonable cost.

FYI: If anybody finds something that is decent at a fair price please post here on the 1700 forum.
 

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This is an old thread but it would be great if someone found a solution.
THe stuff on Ebay and Amazon that sells for $60.00 gets terrible reviews.
The only other thing available is the $400.00 OEM light bar. There doesn't seem to be anything in between at a reasonable cost.

FYI: If anybody finds something that is decent at a fair price please post here on the 1700 forum.
I am interested in light bar options as well. I just sold my Harley Davidson CVO I have had since 2005. Well, I traded it for a side x side. I got a nice side x side for it, but I missed it so bad, I wanted another bike. My friend always rides a Kawasaki, and since the Harley's I were looking at were just priced out of site, I decided I would look at Kawasaki. I ended up purchasing a 2010 Kawasaki Nomad 1700 about 3 weeks ago. I couldn't be happier. What a great bike at an affordable price. It is beautiful too. One thing I learned very fast, is everything you try to buy for a Kaw or any metric bike, is outrageous and makes me feel like they are taking advantage of me. I work hard for what I have as I am sure you guys do also. So, I thought I would do some experimenting. This is where it gets fun. I decided I am going to put an HD light bar, lower fairings, and HD tour pack on my bike. (aftermarket of course). You can buy anything for a Harley dirt cheap these days because many companies are manufacturing parts for them. I took a chance and bought a light bar specifically for a Harley touring as it looked like one I could modify to make fit. Well guess what? It almost fits just like it is. I mocked it up (without removing the original signal bar) but could tell right away, the width of the brackets were within a half cm, and will work just fine. It appears the bottom mount will fit right where my windshield bottom mount is. I will post back here once I actually get it mounted. I have a lot of changes to make, including replacing stock crash bars with HD crash bar so lower fairings will fit. I already mocked this up as well, sure the bar would fit pretty easy, but HD bar isn't wide enough, our bikes are wider frame than the HD touring bikes. Simple fix, I just cut the HD crash bar in half so I could slide it out to where it needs to be for the lower fairing to fit. I have it mocked up, and I went to Menards yesterday and bought some steel and aluminum flat stock to make brackets for he new crash bars. I will post pictures of them once I get them on. I also ordered a ton of quick connect hardware, and an HD touring Tour pack mount luggage rack style. I am going to make the tour pack quick release, as well as a fairing I am going to install, it will also be quick release, I may even make the lightbar quick release, just because I have the hardware, but its not necessary. I will take pics of all of it, heck I might even do video's on each piece. My goal here is to save money, and if it helps a few others save a few bucks, then I am all for it. I am also going to put LED signal lights on it. I have bought a few Harley close out rear light bars, signals, etc. I may end up just using the bullets off a light bar and retrofit them to stock signal mount on rear, I don't know yet. Anyway, I hope once I get this figured out, this will save some dough for everyone. The HD light bar I purchased was only 34.99 I believe. It doesn't have a lights on it, but I had to make sure it would fit first. I will order LED passing lamps and retrofit signals to work.
 

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Hi Big John. Thanks for this information. Light bars are expensive and it is great you have a money saving solution. Any pictures you have would be appreciated.
 

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Hi Big John. Thanks for this information. Light bars are expensive and it is great you have a money saving solution. Any pictures you have would be appreciated.
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This is the bracket I bought. Those bottom mount slots marked by arrows, already line up with bottom windshield mount bolts. I have to do a little more investigating to see where upper slots will match up on the nomad. I think this one will be an easy fit. I may do this Monday. If I do, I will return and post pics. I will do same for crash bars, and the same for Harley tour pack I want to install, also with quick release brackets.
 

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Ok. I’m trying to set up my windshield as quick release without buying the 415 dollar brackets to do so. I’m doing this because I also have a batwing fairing I am wanting to switch back and forth whenever I feel the need. So, I am having to modify this Harley light bar to be permanently mounted ( bolted on ) so it will not interfere with quick connect or release of the fairing or my original nomad windshield. So I had to drill the light bar bracket to lower it so fairing will clear it. The pic here is how it will ride, and where lights will sit. When I get done, I will trim the bottom of light bar bracket on both sides to get rid of that unsightly lower bolt slot that won’t be used. I will also extend the bracket up to top windshield bracket bolt hole by bolting a piece of flat stock aluminum to the light bar bracket at top bolt slot on both sides. Looks like I’ll add about 3 inches to it. Pretty simple so far. I have 34.99 in light bar, 10 bucks in aluminum. However, if you are NOT going to use a fairing and stick with stock windshield, you won’t need to extend the bracket at all, just drill a hole in the side of your windshield brackets where it matches the light bar bracket, and bolt it with a nice shiny matching machined bolt. If I weren’t doing quick release, fairing AND windshield, this would be easy. It’s already the right width.
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