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667 Neighbor of the Beast
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KAWASAKI UNVEILS NEW PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM WITH XM SATELLITE RADIO OPTION (a reality at last)




Kawasaki will offer an all-new, state-of-the-art Premium Audio System with XM Radio® as a dealer installed option on its Vulcan™ 1600 Nomad touring model. Customers will be able to tune-in to more than 170 XM channels of music, sports, talk, news, and entertainment. Kawasaki motorcycles sold with XM radios installed will offer three-months of complimentary XM radio service.

"Kawasaki buyers will now be able to enjoy XM, the greatest variety of entertainment on the radio, on the road," said Joe Verbrugge, XM senior vice president, automotive accounts and international operations. "Kawasaki customers can now hear commercial-free music, live sports, breaking news, or traffic and weather reports for major cities on XM, wherever they travel from coast to coast."

Jim Williams, senior manager of accessories at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. added "This Premium Audio System is a high-quality accessory built to Kawasaki's specifications designed to greatly enhance our customers' ownership experience. As the pioneer in satellite radio, XM represents a terrific value-added feature to the system."

For more insight on this exciting new option, we talked to Paul Golde, Kawasaki’s senior product specialist in charge of Vulcan cruiser accessories. According to Golde, when Kawasaki was seeking to add a rider entertainment system to its popular long distance touring model, the Vulcan 1600 Nomad, they discovered it was a perfect match to the XM radio concept – non-stop radio for adventurers traversing the country. And thus the collaboration was born.

Paul, what are the advantages of having this system factory designed?
The system is Kawasaki factory approved, which means it underwent extensive development and months of testing to help ensure its reliability. The second advantage is full integration with the motorcycle’s design, electrical system and controls. Aftermarket products may or may not provide that seamless blend with the machine.

What does the system include/involve?
It is a modular system that includes the Premium Audio System radio with a remote handlebar-mounted controller, antenna and rider entertainment system, (headset) that allows the rider to listen to the AM, FM and weather bands the basic system receives. This is the base upon which the customer can add the XM Radio Kit, which includes a XM radio module and antenna, to receive the XM signal. A CB radio option is also available as well as an adaptor that will allow riders to plug their iPod into the system, which will also charge the iPod while they listen to their favorite tunes, and control their iPod from the handlebar.

Is the entire system is dealer installed?
That’s correct, although if a customer is sufficiently mechanically inclined, he could probably do it himself, as the kit comes with detailed instructions.

How much will it cost?
The MSRP of the Premium Audio System is $710.95 and the XM Radio Kit is $442.95, which does not include installation.

Will it be possible for existing Vulcan 1600 Nomad owners to retrofit it to their machines?
Absolutely, this kit fits Vulcan 1600 Nomads from 2005-2008!

And most importantly, when will it be available?
It should be ready to ship to dealers by the end of November.
 

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Sweet! Notice the bike they chose to model it on.:biggrin:
 

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That's great, but other manufacturers offer a much better package, including CD players. I just can't understand why Kaw doesn't offer more competive components on the Nomad that would compete with other manufacturers.
 

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wonder if it it can be installed on previous year nomads
 

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667 Neighbor of the Beast
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This kit fits Vulcan 1600 Nomads from 2005-2008! Kawa doesn't say but I think you can installe on any bike with minor mods.
 

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I have one problem with the way they install the system. It almost makes the left bag useless. I like the bags for long trips and don't feel that I can loose that much space.
 

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A fully integrated factory unit would be nice, but it seems like you could get all that plus GPS in a Garmin Zumo 550 unit for whole lot less money.
 

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I am constantly amazed at how much stuff people keep adding to their motorcycles to make them more like their cars.
Isn't that an absolute fact.
 

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That is the best they could come up with, come on
One of my bags has rain gear, bike cover, and other everyday stuff and the other is for my trip stuff and I have a T Bag for more trip stuff
Now they have taken away a hard bag for stuff
Also no speakers, everything is through the helmet

They are forcing me to go down that dark HD Ultra road
 

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Humm...stuff all that electric stuff in the saddle bag and loose the use of the reason I bought the bike for in the first place for the joy of listening to music/talk radio.

Think I'll keep the Autocom under the left side cover and plug in my MP3 player, GPS, radar detector and satelite receiver (should I want one) and still have both bags available for use.
 

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**** on the electronic B/S!!!!!!!!!!! Give us a freak'in batwing fairing!!!!!!!!! My intercom base is mounted inside my l/h side cover so it doesn't take up bag space. Like Big John said, that's the reason I bought the bike. If you want electronic B/S go buy a GOLDWING!!!!!!!! BB
 

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Too little too late, though at 1st glance it looks interesting, but what if you have a luggage rack? I also do not like how much room it takes up in the bag. Do yo also have to buy a CB?

I dunno, when I first saw it I said great, but after some reflection and the cost I give it a thumbs down!

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I like the minimal feeling of my MP3 player and ear buds as I ride. It's portable...I can have the music with me even when I leave the bike...and it's a huge song list I upload to it and modify it when I want to. The good thing is it was very reasonable cost wise.
 

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seems like the only premium thing about this sound system is the price!!!
 
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