Throwback! 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis GS
Behold, the land yacht
Over the years I’ve had a few motorcycles. Here you can get a glimpse of each one.
On February 24, 2007 I purchased my brand new 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad.
I have been feeling ready to ride again for quite some time now that my ankle has healed from my accident in spring of 2006. With spring fast approaching I began my shopping. I had already decided that the Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad would indeed be my next scooter. I like the classic styling combined with the sweeping hard bags. With the updated looks, including stretched tank and chrome passenger grab rails, the Nomad was even more appealing.
I shopped. Then I shopped some more. Then, for good measure, I shopped just a little more!
I finally negotiated a deal I was happy with and the rest as they say is history. Of course, with snow still falling and plenty more still sitting in mounds at the sides of the streets this is no time to be getting on two wheels. No problem! My dealer is more than understanding of the weather and was more than happy to postpone actual delivery until the weather breaks and I can ride it home. After all, it’s merely a few weeks down the road.
I couldn’t possibly make the readers of Brettman.com wait weeks to get a glimpse of the new ride though. So, without further adieu, here are some photos, courtesy of “Mama K”, to give you a sneek peek of my new Candy Cardinal Red and Metallic Titanium beauty.
On April 7, 2007 I rode my new Nomad home from the dealership. I was a bit cold but thankfully I had installed the wiring for my electric gloves before riding off.
It wasn’t a very long trip, only about 25 miles, but was enough to really start the blood pumping and get used to the new bike. I can hardly wait to get some warmer temps to help make the ride even more enjoyable.
Some shots of my new ride!
|Engine type||4–stroke 50° V–Twin|
|Displacement||1,552cc (95 cu in.)|
|Bore x stroke||102.0 x 95.0 mm (4.01 x 3.74 in.)|
|Torque||94 lb.–ft. @ 2,700 rpm|
|Valve System||SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder|
|Fuel System||Digital Fuel Injection with dual Keihin 36mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||TCBI with digital advance|
|Transmission||5–speed with Positive Neutral Finder|
|Frame||Double cradle, high–tensile steel|
|Rake/trail||32 degrees/7.2 inches|
|Suspension type, front||43mm hydraulic telescopic fork|
|Suspension type, rear||Dual air–assisted shocks with 4–way rebound damping|
|Wheel Travel, front||5.9 inches|
|Wheel Travel, rear||3.9 inches|
|Tire, front||150/80x16 tubeless type|
|Tire, rear||170/70x16 tubeless type|
|Brakes, front/rear||Dual 280mm discs 2–piston calipers/Single 280mm disc|
|Overall Length||99.0 inches|
|Overall Width||40.9 inches|
|Overall Height||57.5 inches ~ 59.3 inches|
|Seat height||28.3 inches|
|Road Clearance||5.9 inches|
|Dry weight||772 pounds|
|Fuel capacity||5.3 gallons|
|Color||Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Titanium|
Finally home where she belongs...
A little support...
Here is a list of the accessories I have added to further personalize my bike and add a bit of sparkle. Click on the next to any accessory for a photo of that accessory installed on my bike.
I have provided links to all the manufacturers and vendors that have a presence on the web which will open in a separate window for your convenience.
|Chrome Choke Knob Cover||Kawasaki||1||K53020-172||Hooksett Kawasaki||April 14, 2007||Picture|
|Dually ISO™–Pegs w/ off–set mounts||Küryakyn||1 pr||7993||Küryakyn||April 22, 2007||Picture|
|Saddlebag Shelves||Edmonds Enterprises||1 pr||n/a||Edmonds Enterprises||April 30, 2007|
|ISO™–Grips||Küryakyn||1 pr||6235||Küryakyn||May 06, 2007|
|Lightbar||Cobra||1||2001-0074||Central Mass Powersports||June 09, 2007||Picture|
|Pinstriping||Letterfly||Letterfly||June 10, 2007||Picture Picture Picture|
|Saddlebag Top Rails||Kawasaki||1 pr||K53020-173C||Hooksett Kawasaki||June 15, 2007||Picture|
|Mustang Wide Vintage 3–piece Seat||Mustang||1||79351||Hooksett Kawasaki||June 15, 2007||Picture|
|Windshield Bag||Kawasaki||1||K53000-231||Hooksett Kawasaki||June 16, 2007||Picture|
|Rear Rack||Kawasaki||1||K53020-362||Hooksett Kawasaki||June 16, 2007||Picture|
|Brake Pedal Cover||Küryakyn||1||8857||Hooksett Kawasaki||May 10, 2008|
|Nomad Emblems||JetGlow Emblems||1||NM - NOMAD||JetGlow Emblems||May 18, 2008||Picture|
|Chrome Inner Engine Cover||Kawasaki||1||K53020-196||Central Mass Powersports||May 18, 2008||Picture|
|Handlebar Control Covers||Küryakyn||1||9117||Hooksett Kawasaki||June 23, 2008|
|Saddlebag Side Rails||Kawasaki||1||K53020-365||Hooksett Kawasaki||June 28, 2008|
|Desert Dawgs Engine Guard Chaps||Leader Motorsports Accessories||1||KN-40P||Hooksett Kawasaki|
|Phat Risers II||Scootworks||1||June 28, 2008|
|Flagpole||Add On Accessories||2||678-018||WingStuff.com||July 11, 2008|
|Flags||Rumbling Pride||2||American flag & POW/MIA flag||Rumbling Pride||July 11, 2008|