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Specifications below are for 2001 Nomad and Classic FI models. Most items apply to other years as well.

Figures From Motorcyclist Magazine
Note the 3 hp and 500 rpm difference between carbed and FI engines

Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 FI (00) model: measured (rear wheel) HP 55.0 @ 5000rpm & 73.3 Lb Ft of Torque
1/4 mi.test 14.07 sec.@92.6 mph
Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad (99 carbed ): measured HP 51.0 @ 4500 rpm 1/4 mi. test 15.33 @85.8 mph

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With the introduction of the 2001 Vulcan™ 1500 Nomad™ Fi V-twin touring cruiser, Kawasaki continues to strengthen its Vulcan™ cruiser line-up. The heavyweight cruiser's revamped powerplant takes advantage of the same advanced engineering technology that earned the 1999 Vulcan 1500 Drifter™ such great performance reviews, including digital fuel injection for all-around improved performance and better fuel economy.






2001 KAWASAKI VULCAN™ 1500 NOMAD™ FI

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 with rounded-edge finish for cleaner, upscale look and 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

Liquid Cooling. 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 to keep valves quiet with no maintenance, no adjustment

Gear-Driven Engine Balancer counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration. This allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration

Rubber-Mounted Engine all but eliminates engine vibration at all speeds

Five-Speed Transmission with positive neutral finder. This is A Kawasaki exclusive, just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily

Computer designed multi plane headlight reflector for more efficient highway lighting with a brighter more direct beam.

Cartridge Fork Design in front gives the Nomad FI a smoother ride (than the carbed model)

New Brake Pads provide more stopping power than earlier models

Great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising

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

Hard Saddlebags. 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

High Output Alternator provides 588 watts and 42 amps (@ 14 volts) of charging power to run additional accessories

Higher Capacity Battery. 18 Amp Hour (compared to 14 Amp Hour for carbed Nomad)

Passenger Footboards 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

Shaft Drive for a reliable, clean and quiet, low-maintenance drive system

Hydraulic Clutch Release. Easy to operate, requires virtually no adjustment

Adjustable Control Levers to fit a variety of rider sizes and styles

Tubeless Tires. Lower operating temperature extends tire life


Engine type 4-stroke V-Twin, SOHC, 8-valve
Displacement 1,470cc
Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 90.0mm
Cooling Liquid
Carburetion Digital fuel injection
Ignition Digital
Transmission 5-speed
Frame High tensile steel, double cradle
Rake/trail 32 degrees/7.4 in.
Suspension, front 41mm hydraulic fork
Suspension, rear Dual hydraulic shocks
Suspension adjustments, rear Air adjustable, 4-way rebound damping
Wheel travel, front 5.9 in.
Wheel travel, rear 3.9 in.
Tire, front 150/80x16
Tire, rear 150/80x16
Brakes, front/rear Dual hydraulic discs/Disc
Overall length 98.8 in.
Overall width 38.6 in.
Overall height 56.3 in.
Ground clearance 5.3 in.
Seat height 28.3 in.
Dry weight 739 lbs.
Fuel capacity 5 gal.
Wheelbase 65.6 in.
Color Pearl Chateau Gray/Galaxy Silver,
Luminous Vintage Red/Metallic Canyon Silver

Classic Specs

The Kawasaki Vulcan™ 1500 Classic Fi cruiser earned numerous accolades upon its introduction last year, including being named “Cruiser of the Year” by Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser magazine. Not only does the Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi feature the look, feel and sound of a 1950s-era cruiser motorcycle, but its high-tech digitally-controlled fuel injection system and other refinements give it great performance.

The big 90 cubic-inch V-twin engine in the Classic FI pumps out plenty of torque and power with high-compression pistons and cam timing taken from the original Vulcan 1500. A Mitsubishi digital fuel injection system feeds each cylinder its high-octane (minimum 90 octane required) fuel mixture through twin 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) 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 single overhead cams. Two valve springs are used on all valves to ensure tight valve closure, while hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain valve clearance for smooth engine performance, reduced noise and 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 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 Classic 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 conveniences 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.

An electronic speedometer eliminates a wheel-driven mechanism and its speedometer cable for a cleaner look, plus it allows more fuel to be carried in the five-gallon flangeless tank. The speedometer face atop the gas tank features an LED display for the odometer and tripmeter, as well as a clock.

Kawasaki recognizes that customizing is a very big part of the cruiser experience and offers a full line of genuine FIRE & STEEL™ accessories for the Classic FI. Among the choices are many chrome pieces, leather bags and trim, backrests, lights, racks and windshields. They can be found at Kawasaki dealers and online at buykawasaki.com.

The Vulcan 1500 Classic series of cruiser motorcycles has featured Kawasaki’s strongest selling models over the past several years – and for good reason. With its strong performance, visual appeal and accolades from the press, the Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi is sure to help continue that sales trend.

2001 VULCAN™ 1500 CLASSIC Fi
FEATURES

1,470cc OHC V-Twin
85 foot-pounds of torque at 2,500 rpm
Dual valve springs on all valves
Liquid Cooling
More even running temperatures mean no “power fade” on hot days and longer engine life
Includes warning light
Auxiliary fan keeps things cool, even in traffic
Four Valves per Cylinder
Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on minimum 90 octane fuel
Boosts low end torque
Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
Hydraulic Valve Lash Adjusters

Keep valves quiet with no maintenance, no adjustment required
Digital Fuel Injection
Provides excellent engine response and power with less fuel consumption
Two different systems are switched and used automatically according to engine load for accurate fuel injection control
16-bit electronic control unit processes information faster for better engine response
Dual Throttle Bodies
Dual 36mm throttle bodies use one injector for each cylinder
Separate intake tract for each throttle body for smoother engine operation
Four nozzles at the tip of each injector, with two nozzles aimed at each intake valve
Dual Plug Digital Ignition
Microprocessor controlled timing, never needs adjustment
Two spark plugs in each combustion chamber cut detonation for extra durability
Gear-Driven Engine Balancer
Counter-rotates at engine speed to cancel vibration
Allows use of single-pin crankshaft without the heavy vibration
Rubber-Mounted Engine
All but eliminates engine vibration at all speeds
Five-Speed Transmission With Positive Neutral Finder
Five-speed transmission combines great around-town acceleration with relaxed highway cruising
Just lift the shift pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily, every time
A Kawasaki exclusive
Shaft Drive
A reliable and quiet, low-maintenance system
Hydraulic Clutch Release
Easy to operate
Easy to maintain
Fuel Tank
Full 5-gallon capacity
New clean, flangeless design
Large Diameter Reflector Beam Headlight
Brighter, more focused beam to light the way
Chrome-Plated Wire Spoke Wheels
Fat tires front and rear on sparkling chrome 16-inch wheels make a classic styling statement



Engine type 4-stroke V-Twin, SOHC, 8-valve
Displacement 1,470cc
Bore x Stroke 102.0 x 90.0mm
Cooling Liquid
Induction Mitsubishi Digital Fuel Injection with dual 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition Digital with Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC
Transmission 5-speed
Frame High tensile steel, double cradle
Rake/trail 32 degrees/6.5 in.
Suspension, front 41mm hydraulic fork
Suspension, rear Dual hydraulic shocks
Suspension adjustments, rear 4-way adjustable rebound damping/air adjustable preload
Wheel travel, front 5.9 in.
Wheel travel, rear 3.7 in.
Tire, front 130/90x16
Tire, rear 150/80x16
Brakes, front/rear Dual hydraulic disc/Disc
Overall length 98.6 in.
Overall width 39.2 in.
Overall height 44.9 in.
Ground clearance 4.9 in.
Seat height 27.6 in.
Dry weight 659 lbs.
Fuel capacity 5.0 gal.
Wheelbase 65.6 in.
Color Black Pearl or Luminous Vintage Red/Metallic Cremona Olive