I've had my VN750 for since 1996. It has been a
great bike... But as time moves on, so do our tastes and our riding
styles. I first saw
the Nomad in 1998 at the Chicago Motorcycle Show. It was a Green on Green
1999 Kaw Nomad and it was gorgeous. From that moment, I've always dreamed
of having a Nomad in our garage...
In early September 2005 a gentleman from the Chicagoland area
emailed me stating that due to personal reasons he had to sell his 2002 Nomad
with 5 miles on the OD. This got my attention. Turns out that he purchased the bike new in 2002 and injured his back
a few days later and was unable to
ride. As time went on he maintained the bike, had a friend ride it around
the block from time to time and kept adding Chrome for the day he would be able
to go touring.
Sadly the bikes owner came to the realization that his back problems
would prevent him from riding a bike of this size and other personal reasons
forced a quick sale. Word went around the Vulcan community about this
brand new Nomad with no miles going for a great price. Being near the end of
the riding season for the Chicagoland area, this prevented a quick sale and after some
serious soul searching and some heart to heart talking with my loving and understanding
wife, we decided to take the plunge and upgrade to the Nomad of our
Dreams. We purchased the Nomad on 9/24/05.
The original owner called this bike the Red Baron and he accessorized it
for the road. He chromed it with his dreams of what a bike should look
like and added quality accessories for long-haul riding. I'm fortunate that our tastes run along similar lines as I plan on
keeping his upgrades and then adding my own touch to the bike as time and money
allows. After thinking on it for a while, I christened
this new bike The Red Dog!!!
Besides, RED DOG
fits the bike better. The former owner was a man of German lineage (very
strong German name) and the Red Baron title worked great for
"his" bike, but I'm more of a Heinz 57 mutt type and the Dog
theme comes very naturally.
I've always told my friends that I was not looking to upgrade
to a bigger bike but if an "offer that I could not refuse" came up, I
would have to go along with it. That offer was this Nomad... With
two winters under the belt and a ton of modifications that I've done to this
bike, the RedDog is now My Nomad...
On June 14th, 2012 I traded in the Nomad for a 2006 Harley Davidson Ultra
Classic FLTHCUI bagger. I will miss the Nomad and hope that she finds a
home with someone who will give her the same love that I did. *** The
Nomad was sold to it's new owner the day it was repaired. Hopefully she
will continue to provide the enjoyment that it provided me ***