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    Just moved from a Honda Goldwing GL1800. Prior to that I was on a 2006 Yamaha Roadstar. New ride is a 99 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Thus far I'm loving the bike, although it's idling quite a bit too high with lots of popping / backfire on deceleration. The bike came with a Kuryakyn Hypercharger as well as a set of Vance and Hines pipes. I suspect the PO didn't rejet/calibrate the carbeurators to handle in the increase in air / exhaust flow.

    I haven't messed with adjusting and syncing carbs since my old Yamaha XS750 Special. are there any difficulties on this particular bike? (I ask because I had to bleed the clutch and discovered the joy of removing the left side cover for what should be have been a 10 minute job)

    I'm also only getting close to 100 miles on a tank of gas, however when I fill it up it's only taking 2-3 gallons. Any suggestions?

    Please let me know if I need to move a portion of this to a different forum

    Anyway, here's a pic of Shadowfax as it stands now. Need to track down either an original windshield (po didn't have it) or invest in a bathing style fairing


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    Welcome to the forum from Columbus, OH!
    Patrick "Hotwheels" Sharon
    National President
    President Columbus Vulcan Riders Chapter 1-32
    Columbus, Oh
    Chapter Coordinator

    National Vice President 2019
    National Treasurer 2013 - 2015
    VROC Member # 34133
    2014 Vulcan Voyager
    2007 Vulcan VN2000 Classic LT
    2007 Vulcan VN900 Classic LT

    2002 1500 Mean Streak
    2015 CanAm Spyder RT-Limited
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    • #3
      Welcome from NW Florida!! Sounds like you are on the right path with fuel issues.... my 05 Nomad got rougly 40 miles per gallon for reference..... might want to look underneath the seat (?) for a power commander.....???

      Derry ~DaBull~
      Former VRA USA National President
      Former NW Florida Chapter 1-6 President
      Crestview, Florida
      2012 Vulcan Voyager 1700
      (Previous 2005 Vulcan Nomad 1600)

      ~If you fool with Da Bull...You're gonna get the Horn


      • #4
        It's a carbeurated model, so a power commander / tuner is out. I'm suspicious it just needs rejetted and sync'd. downside is that I live in a condo now, and pulling carbs in a parking lot is a PITA

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        • #5
          Welcome Wisconsin

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          Always Believe,
          Marc VanderPal

          President - Rock River Valley Vulcan Riders

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          • #6
            Welcome! Great looking bike, once you get it fine tuned I think you will like it. The only two big downsides to the 99 models was a plastic oil gear (POG) and the cam chains eventually reach their limit of adjustment.
            I am not that well versed with 1500s but here is a link to a site that will help you a bunch.
            Randy - aka racinfan101
            National Vice President
            Central IL Chapter 1-39 President
            Former National President

            2002 Vulcan Drifter 800, 2010 Vulcan Nomad 1700, 2008 Vulcan Mean Streak 1600, 2002 Vulcan Drifter 1500


            • #7
              Welcome from Kansas City


              • #8
                Welcome to the forum from Western Mass.