Conspicuous in its absence is the Mean Streak, and it is logical to assume that the hot-rod Vulcan will get the 1552cc engine that debuted in the Vulcan 1600 Classic this spring. Also missing among these early-release models is either Drifter model. We hear that the genus has been discontinued. But if Kawasaki has discontinued all the other 1500s, except the carbureted Classic model that is presumably being kept to provide an economy big-twin model, why is there a Nomad 1500 here? We can think of two reasons. It might remain in the line for the same reason there is a carbureted 1500 Classic, to provide a less pricey ($12,999) counterpart to a new 1600 Nomad. Or maybe a 1600 bagger isn't coming right away, and Kawasaki wants to have something to provide to this market in the meantime.