is truly a beautiful motorcycle!
#1: I'm driving down 85 south and pass a total of five CHP
motorcycle officers going northbound. Each and every CHP'r physically
turned their head to get a better look at this bike. It looked like
one even pointed for his buddy. Needless to say, I waived, smiled,
and leaned back just a bit more!
What does this
mean? Five out of five CHP officers choose the Nomad as a head-turning
killer of a motorcycle!
Story #2: Never go on a ride with 20-some Vulcan riders and
expect to not come away wanting one yourself.
I left for the
journey riding a 1998 Honda Shadow ACE 750 Deluxe (a very nice bike).
A week later, I was riding this beauty. How does that make me feel?
In a word,
I've never SEEN
so many people stop and comment on this bike. From every walk of
life, people just have to look at it.
I've been having
a ball adding all kinds of stuff to my Nomad. According to the Vulcan
Riders and Owner's Club (VROC),
I have come down with a case of the CLAP. What is the CLAP?
It's the need/drive to add. . .
. . .to your
Guilty as charged,
your honor, with heavy emphasis on items 1 and eventually 4.
& Steel Contour Sissybar
If you're going to have passengers, you got to have one. Makes them
feel more secure, and looks pretty nice to boot! What more can you
"Night Cutter" running lights
My goal for third-party lights was simple; I wanted to look like
a 747 during its approach. With these lights, I've done just that.
on the lower portion of the engine guard, it gives me a triangle
of lights as I cruise down the street. From what I can tell so far,
they have been VERY effective in increasing my visibility for both
my day and night driving.
Cruise "Universal" Throttle Lock
Without question, this is one of the most useful add-ons I've put
on this bike.
By pushing down
on that lever, the throttle is secured to allow the driver to loosen
the grip of his throttle hand. This little doodad has made ALL of
my riding, whether short or long distance, significantly more enjoyable.
nice about this unit is that when locked, you still have throttle
control. And flicking the lever "off" is easy, too!
Dual 115 Decibel Horn
Along with adding lights to my bike, I wanted to make sure that
I could be both heard clearly, as well as seen clearly.
With that in
mind, I replaced the stock Nomad horns (which were much louder that
my other bike's horn), with these monsters. I can tell you, these
are the LOUDEST HORNS I'VE EVER HEARD! With a distinctive dual tone,
these horns are quite impressive. And, no compressor!
For those thinking
about doing this mod, I should note that they are not plug and play
with the original horn. You must install a relay (included) to integrate
these horns with the existing wiring on the Nomad. Here's the schematic
for the wiring.
Dually Iso Pegs
Along with the Vista Cruise, the KuryAkyn pegs have made a huge
difference in the comfort level of my rides, especially the longer,
highway based ones.
extremely durable, the wider style of the Dually pegs feels
more sturdy, whether I place the soles of my feet or my heel on
the rubber padding. I've also gotten into the habit of placing the
heel of my foot on the floorboard with my toes pressed up against
the pegs. This is a good position while sometimes requiring brake/clutch
riders who've fought the mind-numbing effects of buffeting, where
the wind coming over and under the windshield combines right around
your helmet to create a level of turbulance matched only by the
droning of an ex-[fill in the blank], these lowers are the solution.
Created by a
fellow VROCer, these lowers are significantly larger then most I've
seen, and all but eliminate the aforementioned buffeting, allowing
me to reduce the height of my windshield to provide for better,
over-the-top viewing. Whereas before, speeds of 65+ MPH would cause
the buffeting, now I can go significantly faster without getting
my brains bashed in!
& Steel Hard Bag Rails
First the good news: By adding these fellas to the bike, I've increased
the chrome quota and have made using the two helmet locks more realistic.
(Before the rails, one would have to lay their helmet on the bags,
which I thought was pretty lame). With a simple D-ring extender,
my helmet lays flat on the rails when secured to the bike. Very
Now, the bad
news; YOU HAVE TO DRILL THESE BAGS TO INSTALL THE RAILS!!!
That said, I
did what any red-blooded, wrenchophobe would do; I had my dealer
do it (you should have seen the guy after he was done. Talk about
a high level of stress!)
& Steel Rear Rack
I added this accessory to help accentuate the line of the bike,
especially when I remove the sissy bar. You see, without the rack,
the brackets that normally hold the sissy bar in place look a bit
obvious. But with the rack, the whole thing fits the line of the
bike quite nicely.
& Steel Speedometer Cowl
Two reasons for this guy;
Chrome baby, chrome!
During night driving, it stops the reflection on the windshield
caused by the speedometer lights.
Chrome Lay Down License Plate Mount & Cobra License Plate Frame
Just thought it looked cool, that's all! (And, I thought the
way the original stood straight up and down detracted from the line
of the bike.)
Besides adding this to the tank, I also added this trim to the front
and rear fenders. The pictures at the top of the
page show what it looks like in total.
& Steel Chrome Indicator Light Panel
Shiny...pretty...Ahhhhh. As an added bonus, when the sun bounces
off the panel and reflects on my face, it's quite warming on those
cold, sunny rides.
& Hines Dual Baggers
"Loud Pipes Saves Lives", or so they say. Actually, I
believe there is some truth to that. There's a measurable difference
in audio visibility with these pipes (referred to as "Exhaust
Note"). Additionally, I noticed an appreciable difference (ie;
increase) in power with these pipes.
Tick tock, tick tock, just one more thing that didn't come stock.
Besides, it matches (and was really easy to install!).
Along the adding a ThunderKit (rejetting the carb) and coasters
(allows the beast to b r e a t h e),
the Hypercharger is the finally touch to the AirChokectomy performed
on the bike (by Tom Pansarasa, btw). What's really cool about this
mod, besides the additional power (I find that I get to the higher
speeds about a gear earlier then before), is the little "butterfly"
valve on the front. When applying throttle, the butterfly moves.
Well lets see...I could tell you that I added these fellas to
help facilitate the second fratastadial balance on the bike, but
the truth it, they look cool. For those considering them, two things:
1. They are
thicker than stock
2. You'll have to modify the Vista Cruise throttle lock (bore out
the center) to use it.
Short Ride - Go here
A nice ride up around the Santa Cruz mountains, with a couple of
stops at Alices', the biker hangout in my neck of the woods.
Motorcycle Photo Archive - Go here
Here you'll find a bunch of pictures taken during many of the rides
I've gone on.
and Owners Club - http://www.vroc.org
With over 4,500 registered members, there is no question that this
is the place to go with your Vulcan questions. Though certainly
not without the occasional flame, the information gathered here
Bay Area Vulcan Riders and Owners Club Site - http://www.area.com/oddball/sfbavroc/index.html
This Website features a message board for local Vulcan riders. Great
group of guys, I must say.
Motorcycle Links Page - Go here
Here's another one, folks.