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– 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad Fi
The 2000 Nomad Fi earned its share of accolades, including “Cruiser of the Year” by Cruising Rider magazines. For 2001 the Vulcan 1500 Nomad Fi is updated with a larger, seamless five-gallon fuel tank for greater touring range, an electronically driven speedometer and a repositioned steering lock. The upscale, rounded-edge finish on the tank and two new two-tone colors combine with traditional cruiser elements like twin chrome exhaust pipes, chrome engine guards, rider and passenger floorboards, and polished alloy wheels, to give the Nomad Fi a “custom” look right off the showroom floor.
2001 KAWASAKI VULCAN™ 1500 NOMAD™ FI
New five-gallon, upgraded fuel tank increases range
The 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan™ 1500 Nomad™ Fi V-twin touring cruiser represents the continuing evolution of Kawasaki’s Vulcan cruiser motorcycles. First introduced two years ago, the Vulcan 1500 Nomad delivered a new level of V-twin touring enjoyment with its perfectly proportioned styling, comfortable touring amenities and enhanced performance capabilities. Last year the heavyweight cruiser’s revamped powerplant took advantage of the same advanced engineering technology that earned the 1999 Vulcan™ 1500 Drifter™ great performance reviews, including digital fuel injection for all-around improved performance and better fuel economy.
The 2000 Nomad Fi also earned its share of accolades, including “Cruiser of the Year” by Cruising Rider magazines. For 2001 the Vulcan 1500 Nomad Fi is updated with a larger five-gallon fuel tank for greater touring range, an electronically driven speedometer and a repositioned steering lock. The upscale, rounded-edge finish on the tank and two new two-tone colors – Pearl Chateau Gray/Galaxy Silver and Luminous Vintage Red/Metallic Canyon Silver – combine with traditional cruiser elements like twin chrome exhaust pipes, chrome engine guards, rider and passenger floorboards, and polished alloy wheels, to give the Nomad Fi a “custom” look right off the showroom floor.
An adjustable windshield, a sculpted seat for one- or two-up long distance riding, ergonomic controls and adjustable levers let riders cruise the streets or cross the country in style and comfort. Distinctively streamlined hard saddlebags provide generous storage capacity.
The big 90 cubic-inch V-twin engine in the Nomad Fi pumps out plenty of torque and power with its high-compression pistons and cam timing that are taken from the original Vulcan 1500. A Mitsubishi digital fuel injection system feeds each cylinder its high-octane fuel mixture through dual 36mm throttle bodies. A separate intake tract for each throttle body provides smooth engine operation. The tip of each injector contains four nozzles, with two of those aimed at each intake valve.
Two different systems automatically and accurately control the amount of fuel injected into the cylinders. A 16-bit electronic control unit (ECU) features injection mapping and programming tailored for the Nomad Fi touring model and its particular requirements. This system uses readings from sensors that monitor engine coolant temperature, intake air temperature, atmospheric pressure, intake air pressure and throttle position to adjust the amount of fuel injected. Under light engine loads, such as at partial throttle while maintaining highway speed, the fuel amount is calculated from intake pressure and engine speed. At mid-to-heavy engine load, fuel injection is determined by the throttle position and engine speed. The overall result is excellent engine response and power with increased fuel efficiency. The ECU also has a special pin that allows technicians to check the fuel injection system if needed.
There are four valves per cylinder actuated by a single overhead cam. Two valve springs are used on all valves to help ensure tight valve closure, while hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain valve clearance for smooth engine performance, reduced noise and virtually no maintenance. Automatic cam chain tensioners keep cam timing accurate and provide greater reliability with no upkeep. The right-side crankcase and clutch cover are designed to make it easy to check the engine’s oil level and to perform regularly-scheduled maintenance.
A gear-driven engine counterbalancer and rubber engine mounts reduce handlebar and floorboard vibration, yet the engine retains its distinctive V-twin rumble. The engine produces almost 85 foot-pounds of torque at 2,500 rpm so that a crack of the throttle punches out smooth acceleration.
A long, low-slung chassis provides the classic cruiser look. The Nomad Fi’s floorboards are positioned to put the rider in an upright and comfortable position. The rear brake pedal is designed to make it easier to apply the brake that has plenty of power with its dual piston caliper. Other convenience features include wide, five-way adjustable brake and clutch levers for added rider comfort, self-canceling turn signals and a repositioned steering lock for easier use.
The new upscale, rounded-edge fuel tank now carries nearly a gallon more gas to extend the Nomad Fi’s cruising range. Eliminating the flat edge contributed some of the extra capacity, but the new electronic speedometer mounted atop the tank is what really boosts the volume. The electronic speedo drive eliminates the larger, more cumbersome mechanical unit in the tank, plus it eliminates the speedometer cable and drive unit for a cleaner look. The speedometer face atop the gas tank features an LED display for the odometer and tripmeter, as well as a clock.
Part of the attraction to the cruiser lifestyle is customizing the motorcycle to fit individual design and performance needs, so Kawasaki offers its own line of genuine Fire and Steel™ accessories. Customers can choose from backrests, driving lights and other bright chrome parts to customize their Nomad motorcycles and to create their own unique vehicle statement. Customers can find Fire & Steel accessories at their local Kawasaki dealer or shop online at buykawasaki.com.
2001 VULCAN™ 1500 NOMAD™ FI FEATURES
New Five-Gallon Fuel Tank
Rounded-edge finish for cleaner, upscale look
Larger capacity for extended touring range
1,470cc OHC V-Twin with Digital Fuel Injection
Evolutionary Vulcan engine design
Dual mufflers allow more clearance for saddlebags
Consistent running temperatures mean no “power fade” on hot days and longer engine life
Auxiliary fan keeps things cool during all operating conditions
Four Valves per Cylinder
Boosts low end torque; provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
Hydraulic Valve Lash Adjusters
Keep valves quiet with no maintenance, no adjustment
Gear-Driven Engine Balancer
Counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration
Allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration
All but eliminates engine vibration at all speeds
Great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising
Positive Neutral Finder
A Kawasaki exclusive, just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily
Large, Adjustable Windshield
Large windshield gives excellent rider and passenger weather protection
Windshield is adjustable up and down 2 inches
Heavy-duty chromed support hardware holds the windshield rock steady
Designed for easy packing, these saddlebags carry an amazing amount of gear
Lockable, side-open design for smooth looks and quick access
Soft, removable inner bags available as an optional accessory
For maximum comfort on long rides
Triple Disc Brakes
Dual discs up front for maximum stopping power
A large, single rear disc because touring bikes carry so much of the load on the rear wheel
A reliable, clean and quiet, low-maintenance drive system
Hydraulic Clutch Release
Easy to operate, requires virtually no adjustment
Adjustable Control Levers
Fits variety of rider sizes and styles
Lower operating temperature extends tire life
Kawasaki Vulcan™ Cruisers
By introducing the KZ900 LTD in 1976, Kawasaki was an early leader in what has become today’s cruiser movement. Ten years later, when the Vulcan™ 750 cruiser debuted, it was one of Kawasaki’s first V-twin-powered cruisers and featured high-tech items such as dual disc brakes up front and mag wheels. In 1995, Kawasaki unveiled the Vulcan 800, which was one of the first V-twin metric cruiser models to feature American styling.
And now Kawasaki features one of the fullest and most diverse lines of cruiser motorcycles in the industry. From our top selling Vulcan 1500 Classic and the bikes it has spawned like the 1500 Nomad™ and Drifter™, Kawasaki has a cruiser to suit your style. And whatever you choose, you will invariably be happy with the styling, quality engineering and performance of a Kawasaki Vulcan cruiser.
A key element to the cruiser lifestyle is customizing to fit individual design tastes and performance needs. Fortunately, Kawasaki offers its own extensive line of genuine Fire & Steel™ accessories. Motorcyclists can choose from literally hundreds of parts to customize their Kawasaki cruiser motorcycles, and doing so, make their own bold statement. Customers can find Fire & Steel accessories at their local Kawasaki dealer or shop online at buykawasaki.com.
2001 Vulcan 1500 Nomad Fi FEATURES
Parallel-Twin 676cc Engine with Balancer
Broad torque at low- and mid-range
Smooth and reliable
Balancer smoothes vibration
Engine rubber-mounted in chassis for greater rider comfort
Durable bevel cam drive
Four Valves Per Cylinder
Better breathing for more power and low end torque
Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight, and practical
Ratios designed for great acceleration and relaxed highway cruising
Exclusive Positive Neutral Finder
34mm CVK Carburetors With Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC)
A position sensor monitors throttle position so that its micro-computer can determine the best ignition timing for more power and better fuel economy
Double Cradle Frame with Square Section Backbone
Compact and stable
Long seat for two-up riding
Traditional styling offers upright seating position
Kawasaki Clean Air (KCA) Exhaust System
Feeds air into exhaust port to reduce emissions
Front Disc Brake
300mm front disc brake with dual piston caliper provides sure stops
Simplifies servicing, cleaning or parking
Longer lifespan, hassle free
Spin-on Oil Filter
Automotive spin-on style simplifies oil changes
New for 2001:
Luminous Vintage Red / Metallic Canyon Silver
Click here for Pearl Chateau Gray / Galaxy Silver
Large Flagneless Fuel Tank
Bore x Stroke
102 x 90 mm.
SOHC, 8 valves
Mitsubishi 36mm x 2
41 mm. hydraulic telescopic fork
air-assisted shocks with 4-way rebound damping
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations.