On May 31, 2016, I traded the BMW R1200CL in on a Kawasaki Mean Streak; so back to the Vulcan family :-)
my previous motorcycles
2003 BMW R1200CL
2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad Fi 1500cc
Back in the year 2002, I was looking to purchase a motorcycle and had narrowed my decision down to the Vulcan 1500cc for various reasons. I was specifically interested in both the Drifter and the Nomad. I thought the blacked-out theme (lack of chrome) of the early model Drifters (1999-2000) looked really sharp. Though indifferent about the articulating rear fender action on the Drifter, I really liked the full valence front fender; much like that on the Indian Chief. On the other hand, I also liked the rear suspension, wind protection and hard saddlebags of the Nomad. Given a choice, I would prefer a blend of the two; a Touring-style Drifter utilizing the front-end of the Drifter but the rear suspension and saddlebags of the Nomad. Well, since such a bike was never made, I decided to make my own. What you see here is my concept becoming a reality. Some have called it a Drifter-wanna-be, while others called it a Harley-wanna-be. It's all good. I just called it my bike. This was the concept I had envisioned. I did not build it to show or impress anyone. Not built to be a show bike. I built it for me and to ride. And ride I did as both a daily commuter and on many long distance, cross country rides. I rode that bike almost 100,000 miles in the nine years I owned it.
Before - This was the Nomad when I purchased it used in late 2002
After - This was the way the Nomad looked in March 2011
Other Kawasaki components: • VN1500-R3 2003 Vulcan Drifter Rear Brake lever with '48 Ford brake pad