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2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 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 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 power is provided by a 4-Stroke, 1552cc, Liquid / Air-cooled, SOHC, V Twin engine with Electric starter. The engine is paired with a 5-Speed transmission and total fuel capacity is 5.3 gallons.

Maintenance Schedule for 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 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 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad is broken into three sections: Engine Related Items, Chassis Related Items, and Change/Replacement Items.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

1. Periodic inspection (Engine Related Items)

Operation (Engine Items)
Every1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000)36000 km (24000 mi)
Air cleaner element – clean (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and
pipe) – inspect
KFuel hoses damage –
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
Evaporative emission control system – function (California model only) (e) (cal)
Air suction system damage
– inspect (e)
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
KClutch fluid level – inspect6 months
KClutch fluid leak – inspectyear
KClutch hose damage – inspectyear
Clutch hose installation condition – inspectyear
Final gear case oil level – inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage –
Tire tread wear, abnormal
wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage –
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses and pipe damage –
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation
condition – inspect
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber operation
(damping and smooth
stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber oil leak – inspect
KSwing arm pivot – lubricate
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings –
2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches
operation – inspect
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation
– inspect
Engine stop switch
operation – inspect
KChassis parts – lubricateyear
KBolts and nuts tightness –
3. Periodic Replacement

Change/Replacement Items
Every1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # (e)
Engine oil #year
Oil filteryear
KFuel hoses4 years
KCoolant3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings3 years
KBrake hoses4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear)2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper
4 years
KSpark plug (e) – replace
Final Gear Case oil


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
#: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
(e): Emission Related item
Cal: California model only

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad

The 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 150/80-16 M/C 71H BRIDGESTONE ” EXEDRA G721″
  • Rear: 170/70B 16 M/C 75H BRIDGESTONE “EXEDRA G722G”

The manual for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front (up to 185 kg load [408 lb]): 225 kPa/32 psi
  • Rear (up to 185 kg load [408 lb]): 280 kPa/40 psi

General information about the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad

The Nomad’s V-twin engine, displacement has been increased from 1,470cc to 1,552cc. Combined with new settings for the electronic fuel injection settings, the 1600 Nomad produces extra torque that cruiser riders will appreciate. It includes larger engine mounts and a gear-driven engine counterbalancer to reduce handlebar and floorboard vibration, yet these features do not interfere with the engine’s distinctive V-twin rumble.

Other design features carried over from the previous engine include single overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters automatically maintain valve clearance for smooth engine performance, reduced noise, and reduced maintenance, while automatic cam chain tensioners keep cam timing accurate with virtually no maintenance.

A 16-bit electronic control unit (ECU) features programming tailored specifically for the Nomad’s fuel injection system. Using readings from various sensors, it monitors engine coolant temperature, intake air temperature, atmospheric pressure, intake air pressure, and throttle position to adjust the amount of fuel injected.

Manual for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad
User manual screenshot for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad, which is available here.

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