5th Feb 2007, 18:51

I purchased a 2001 Nomad this spring. My last bike was a 650 Nighthawk some 10 years ago. I wanted a bigger bike for some road trips with the Mrs. and have to say the Nomad was the right choice.

With fuel injection, larger fuel capacity and Vance and Hines pipes, this bike is a dream to ride. Comfortable for driver and passenger. The low center of gravity is great with having a passenger.

I would recommend a Nomad to anyone. Great ride.

15th Jul 2007, 22:33

I have a 2004 Nomad, and am very happy with the performance. However the bike developed a oil leak in the drive shaft off the engine. I wonder what it will cost to repair, and if there are any other riders who have had the same problem?

8th Sep 2007, 09:59

I have a 1999 Nomad and I love it. The only problem is at 25-30mph, I experience a shimmy in the front end. They tell me it is the nature of the beast. This is the only bike I cannot let go of the handle bars or the bike will throw you. Can anybody tell me why?

9th Sep 2007, 18:40

I have a 99 Nomad and also have a rear shaft oil leak. The leak is at the rear of the engine, but is is gear grease and must be coming up the shaft to the engine. Any comments on repair?

22nd Sep 2007, 05:24

I ride an 01 Nomad and have also experienced a slight shimmy at low speeds. This went away after I put a new tire on it. With the new tire the dealer also balanced the front wheel. This seemed to take care of the problem.

13th Jun 2008, 21:43

I ride a red '99 Nomad, and love it. If you want more tech info on Nomads, visit http://www.vulcanbagger.org/ and check out the forum. Loaded with pics and tips exclusively for Nomad Owners Worldwide.

Ride safe.


26th Jul 2008, 05:04

I bought a basket case 1999 Nomad, and am in the process of rebuilding it. I am wondering if anyone has replaced the carburetor system with fuel injection?

27th Dec 2010, 22:37

I too have a 99 Vulcan Nomad, and purchased it this year with 9400 miles. Reading about the Plastic Oil Pump Gear that really worries me a lot. I have read that you must take the engine apart to replace the oil pump gear. The bike does ride very nice, and is much smoother than my 800.

11th Mar 2011, 16:21

I have a 1999 Kawasaki Nomad with about 28000 miles on it. Two summers ago, with about 12000 miles on it, the oil pump failed. I had heard that Kawasaki had a hidden warranty on the oil pump, so when I took it into the dealer, I had them call Kawasaki. Sure enough, Kawasaki replaced the oil pump and all related parts at no cost to me. All I had to pay for was express shipping of the parts. There was about 12 hours of labor and a page of parts that went into my bike before it was ready.

Thanks Kawasaki for honoring their defective oil pump!!!


14th Jul 2011, 00:07

My 1999 Nomad plastic oil pump gear failed about 2 years ago when I had about 12000 miles on it. Took it to a Kawasaki dealer, and had them check with Kawasaki about the repairs required due to the failed oil pump gear. Kawasaki paid for all the repairs - the only thing I had to pay for was express shipping of the parts. Kawasaki will also pay for any related damage to your engine, but not normal wear and tear. Because I knew of this problem, I always watched the oil light on my bike - probably checked it once every 5 minutes - no big deal, just a quick glance.

Great bike, I now have almost 31,000 miles on it, and have had no other problems.

23rd Oct 2012, 16:55

I bought a 99 Nomad 2 years ago with 5,240 miles on it. It's now got 20,000 miles on it and I pulled the side cover to inspect the plastic oil gear (POG). It's almost gone. Found a gentleman named Bob Oglesby that makes an ingenious metal oil gear retrofit (JOG) that you can install without taking the engine completely apart. Do a search for JOG and it should pop up. Read about others that have used it with good success. If the dealer won't honor it (I've heard most won't anymore after 2010), and you don't want to pay $1500, this might just work for you. No other issues with the bike and it's been great. My side cover is off and just waiting for the gear right now.