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Old 10-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #46
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Sportster. 07 and later, sundowner seat, good windshield and a set of good bags and they can do anything very well. I have an 08 custom set up as above, and I can do 600-1000 mile days. Easy to find in that price range, can get with solid wheels, belt drive, EFI and more parts then you will ever need available. LOTS of power and handling.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #47
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Talking about the vstar. On the 1100 you remove the entire final drive to do a rear tire change. 3x the pain in the ass of changing a Shadow rear tire. And hard as hell to do on the roadside, should you need to pull the tire for a repair or whatever.
I meant that the shadow is better in every way, except for exhaust note. And some people find air cooled better than water cooled, but that's a matter of opinion.
Didn't knew that! After reading your post I went looking for instructions on replacing the rear tire...


Ridiculous.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #48
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Gotta pull the pipe to get to the filter on an oil change. 1100
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #49
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Gotta pull the pipe to get to the filter on an oil change. 1100
And you have to remove the foot peg and brake pedal to remove the exhaust. Gives you a good opportunity to shine the chrome that would be hard to get too otherwise, but makes for a good 3 hr oil change.

A 100 buck filter relocation kit easily solves this.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:13 AM   #50
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Yes, it does. Helped my bud install one.
Nobody considers the 865 Triumph bikes. Pity.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:38 AM   #51
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Don't forget about Victory!!!
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #52
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vulcan 900 or vstar 950/1100 (maybe 1300)
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:17 AM   #53
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"As simple"?

Replacing both pulleys will cost $500, limit your already limited tire choices and it will not make for a big change.
Yes, as simple. An 11% ratio decrease is a significant improvement. There is also the option of doing one sprocket at a time - you may be happy with a 5% ratio decrease. You can order all the parts to do the mod here:
http://www.scootworks.com/shop.cgi/p...D=PUT_SID_HERE

Compare that to the C50. If you have the requisite skills, you can buy an old C90 or VS1400 drive off ebay for ~$300, then adapt a spacer, modify the drive shaft, and install it at a savings. But more likely, you end up buying a modded drive or paying someone to do it for you. Cost? $500 plus shipping. Also, there is the limited availability to consider, and the reality that it is a lot easier to swap pulleys that swap drives.

Knowing the costs and overall effort, I'd prefer the VN900.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:36 AM   #54
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If you are going to buy a feet forward bike, find and buy a Harley-Davidson.

anything with an Evo would do.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:04 PM   #55
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DECISION MADE - 07 Nomad, just over $6k. YEA!

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:22 PM   #56
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Jumbo Mid_size. Nice bike.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #57
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Nice, that's what I said "Buy a Nomad". The only problem is that it already has all the goodies needed to hit the road.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:29 PM   #58
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Anybody know of a good Nomad Forum, or maybe a good Kawasaki forum with and active Vulcan or Nomad section?

BTW - Thanks for all the great info in this thread. It helped me choose a hell of a nice ride!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:11 AM   #59
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The Nomad is a really great bike. You made a smart choice. Enjoy.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:05 AM   #60
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Great choice, The highway revs of the Vulcan 900 drove me crazy when I owned one. The Nomad handles highway tasks MUCH better, nice bike.
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