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2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 is a cruiser style motorcycle. The Vulcan name has been used for custom or cruiser motorcycles since 1984, model designation VN, using mostly V-twin engines ranging from 125 to 2,053 cc (7.6 to 125.3 cu in).

The Vulcan 1500 has a 1,470 cc (90 cu in) liquid-cooled SOHC 50° V-twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft paired with a 5-Speed transmission. It has a 27.6-inch (700 mm) seat height, wide handlebar, forward-mounted floorboards.

Maintenance Schedule for 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

OperationEvery1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)
Emission Related:
Idle speed–check †
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Air suction valve – check †
Air cleaner element–clean †#
Evaporative emission control system (Cal) – check †
Non-Emission Related:
Brake light switch – check †
Brake pad wear – check †#
Brake/clutch fluid level – check †month
KBrake/clutch fluid – change2 years
KSteering –check †
Final gear case oil level – check †
Final gear case oil – change
KPropeller shaft joint – lubricate
Nut, bolt, fastener tightness – check †
Tire wear – check †
Engine oil – change #6 months
Oil filter – replace
General lubrication – perform
KFront fork oil – change2 years
Front fork oil leak – check †
Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †
KSwingarm pivot – lubricate
KCoolant – change2 years
Radiator hoses, connectinos – check †
KSteering stem bearing – lubricate2 years
KBrake/clutch master cylinder cup and dust seal – replace4 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal – replace4 years
KClutch slave cylinder piston seal – repalce4 years


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
†: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
#: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
(Cal): California model only

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

The 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tubeless type):


  • Size: 150/80-16 71H
    DUNLOP “D404FG”
  • Size: 150/80 -16 M/C 71H
    PIRELLI “MT66 Front”
    METZELER “Marathon”


  • Size: 150/80 B16 71H
    DUNLOP “D404J”
  • Size: 150/80 -16 M/C 71H
    PIRELLI “MT66”

The manual for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 225 kPa/32 psi
  • Rear: 280 kPa/40 psi

General information about the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

With great ergonomics, a counter balancer-smoothed engine, a very comfortable saddle, an effective, adjustable windshield, and uniquely styled and capacious saddlebags, the Nomad proved to be a wonderful companion on the open road. The 90 cubic-inch V-twin engine with digital fuel injection is tuned for greater low-end torque, increased power, smoother operation, and significantly better fuel economy for greater cruising range.

New pistons bump up compression from 8.6:1 to 9.0:1 for more power, the piston pin offset was reduced to make the engine even quieter, new cam timing increased power from the mid-range to the top-end, cartridge fork provides more damping control, dual piston rear brake caliper, new rear brake pedal is positioned at a flatter angle and is lower for a more comfortable braking operation and new front brake pads.

All fuel-injected Nomad now has a catalyzer in the pre-muffler, which allows the engineers to tune the engine for maximum performance while meeting all emission requirements. New stainless steel windshield hardware, 12V-18Ah battery, multi-plane reflector headlight, LED warning light signals low-fuel; fuel petcock is eliminated and a new speedometer face is black with off-white numerals.

Manual for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual
User manual screenshot for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad, which is available here.

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