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Comparison: Nomad v. RSV

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  1. Taraniz17
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    I'm looking hard at my next ride. Current bike is a 2006 Nomad with about 20,000 on the clock. More by the time I sell it. Anyway....

    Found what looks like a good deal for an '08 RSV with 5K on it. About 12K out the door, I figure. Bike appears flawless, but I haven't test ridden it.. yet. Good/Average/Bad price?

    The Nomad is a fine machine - best bike I've ever owned, but I find myself wanting more power, more comfortable passenger arraignments (because we all know when the Mrs. ain't happy, ain't nobody happy), and a few other niceties that the Nomad just doesn't have.

    There's plenty to be said for a Nomad - handling is downright impressive - I can do figure-8's in the parking lot all day long on mine. Great balance, smooth riding on the highway, enough lockable storage to get me through a 4-day trip without additional luggage.

    So here comes my slew of questions.. .

    Any former Nomad owners here move up to the RSV?
    Ride characteristics between the two? I have never ridden a bike with a fairing before. Hard to handle?
    Any niggles the RSV's are known for in this year range?
    Anyone running Avon Cobras on one? Have them on my Nomad and won't use another tire. Speaking of, how's mileage on the rear with all that weight?

    The last time I looked at an Venture I was thoroughly intimidated. No longer, since I've steadily increased the size of my bike to better match my 6'6"/250 lb frame.

    Any thoughts you may have would be helpful..

    P.S. Great new look to the board!

    JB

  2. kamezbanger
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    I have set on a Venture and they are really nice bikes. I am sure you can find some good reviews if you google it. But I have have to ask...have you checked out the 09 Nomad?

    I am not trying to steer anyone away from Yamaha at all, but I a friend of mine was looking at that style of a bike, I would definately have them look at it before I bought. I saw one last week and found it more eye pleasing that the Venture or an Ultra Classic.

    Keep in mind that the Venture is a 1300 V-4 and the Voyager is a 1700 V twin.

  3. ogie
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    Don't be intimidated by the size. I am about the same size as you and rode a V Star 1300. I went bike shopping a couple of months ago and looked at the Venture vs the GoldWing. The Gold Wing is a bigger bike but better balanced. I went with the 900 lb Wing and have no regrets. Ride what you like and never look back....ogie

  4. Taraniz17
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    I have set on a Venture and they are really nice bikes. I am sure you can find some good reviews if you google it. But I have have to ask...have you checked out the 09 Nomad? I am not trying to steer anyone away from Yamaha at all, but I a friend of mine was looking at that style of a bike, I would definately have them look at it before I bought. I saw one last week and found it more eye pleasing that the Venture or an Ultra Classic.Keep in mind that the Venture is a 1300 V-4 and the Voyager is a 1700 V twin.
    I have looked at the 09 Nomad, but frankly there's not enough new to the Nomad to make me want to switch. I saw it in person at the Dallas Motorcycle show last fall. Came away unimpressed - the bags are 1/3 lid and don't appear to hold as much as the '08's and below. CC is nice, but not a must-have and the wheelbase is shorter by an inch - at 6'6" I need all the legroom I can get!

    The '09 Voyager is another story. I salivate over that bike, but at the show the bags and airdams by the highway bars were very cheap-feeling and flimsy. The bags were just as cheap and had a lot of flex with the lids open. I remember looking over the Venture also on display and was impressed - the ONLY thing I don't care for is that '85-era lookin' Buick speedo. The rest of the bike looked great. So I'm curious how they ride and what owners think of them over the long-term... maintenance and such, long-distance touring, etc.

    I've ridden a Goldwing and also came away impressed with the smooth acceleration and sport-bike handling, but I feel more like I sit on top of the bike vs. "in" it (bars windscreen too low for my liking I guess). And I have to admin, I like the cruiser style better than the Honda-Civic look of the Goldwing.

  5. zhovman
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    I have an '08' RSTD, my brother has a 07 Vulcan 1600. While mine has the fairings, bags, and all the other stuff and my brothers 1600 Vulcan had nothing, I found my RSTD easier to ride. The Vulcan still felt "Heavy" when at speed where as my RSTD feels more ballanced when moving. The Vulcan is fuel injected, my RSTD is Carb'ed. The Vulcan REQUIRES 90+ octane gas, my RSTD says 87 octane. My brothers bike averages 35mpg, my RSTD averages 48mpg (both hwy riding mileages). The Vulcan feels a bit more "Sporty" than my RSTD but my RSTD will run circles around my brothers Vulcan. Now, having said all that, I finally got to ride a Nomad 1600 and that was a horse of a huge difference. Felt much heavier at rest, a bit more cramped, noisier, but the seat was a bit more comfortable. Maneuvering through a parking lot was not as easy in the Nomad as it felt just way too top heavy. I also felt that I was having to reach too far for the handlebars on the Nomad and they felt a bit on the narrow side. I will stick with my RSTD for better storage, fuel mileage, and handling. The 5 year transferable warranty don't hurt a bit either. Hope this answers some of your questions.

  6. kamezbanger
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    I said have you seen the Nomad....I meant the Voyager.

  7. Taraniz17
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    I have an '08' RSTD, my brother has a 07 Vulcan 1600. While mine has the fairings, bags, and all the other stuff and my brothers 1600 Vulcan had nothing, I found my RSTD easier to ride. The Vulcan still felt "Heavy" when at speed where as my RSTD feels more ballanced when moving. The Vulcan is fuel injected, my RSTD is Carb'ed. The Vulcan REQUIRES 90+ octane gas, my RSTD says 87 octane. My brothers bike averages 35mpg, my RSTD averages 48mpg (both hwy riding mileages). The Vulcan feels a bit more "Sporty" than my RSTD but my RSTD will run circles around my brothers Vulcan. Now, having said all that, I finally got to ride a Nomad 1600 and that was a horse of a huge difference. Felt much heavier at rest, a bit more cramped, noisier, but the seat was a bit more comfortable. Maneuvering through a parking lot was not as easy in the Nomad as it felt just way too top heavy. I also felt that I was having to reach too far for the handlebars on the Nomad and they felt a bit on the narrow side. I will stick with my RSTD for better storage, fuel mileage, and handling. The 5 year transferable warranty don't hurt a bit either. Hope this answers some of your questions.
    That's an interesting review of the Nomad! I have none of the complaints you described.. well, I put risers on it, so I agree about the reach. Hmmm..exactly the information I was looking for though. It'll be interesting to compare the two for myself, but you've given me something to chew on.. thanks!

    kamezbanger: Yeah, I figured you might be talking about the Voyager..

  8. zhovman
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    As with all things, it is what you get used to. Since I ride my RSTD or my wife's 650, I have gotten used to how they handle and riding anything else will seem a bit on the strange side. No doubt the Nomad is a good bike as are so many others. It all comes down to what you want to ride or have to ride. My major complaint on the Nomad is that it Requires 90+ octane or risk major engine damage (or so they say).

  9. kamezbanger
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    As with all things, it is what you get used to. Since I ride my RSTD or my wife's 650, I have gotten used to how they handle and riding anything else will seem a bit on the strange side. No doubt the Nomad is a good bike as are so many others. It all comes down to what you want to ride or have to ride. My major complaint on the Nomad is that it Requires 90+ octane or risk major engine damage (or so they say).
    Same with the Stratoliner....90 plus

  10. Gooze
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    Hey Taranis, 1st off are you on the KawaNOW forum? I too have a 07Nomad and a 98RSTD, I do have to say I love them both, although it did take me awhile to get adjusted to the Nomad though, it is totally different than the RSTD, but I still ride them both, my wife says the Nomad rides more smooth than the RSTD, I however think the ride isn't that much different, but I do notice the sound is a little louder on the RSTD (I heard somewhere that the gears were straightcut instead of anglecut or something like that is where the noise came from). Anyway I'm a little disappointed with MPG's from the Nomad, the RSTD gets over 45MPG no matter how or where I ride it, most of the time closer to 50's, and it does feel like it has more HP, although the Nomad does feel like it has alot more, really alot more low end tougue than the RSTD, however I thought that couldn't be beat until I rode a RoadKing the other day, WOW, the Nomad would walk away from it over all, but the Harley's have alot of lowend. Anyway since you have a Nomad and you are looking at the Venture, I myself would have to say that you do have a pretty good judgement in Motorcycles (LOL). I'm sure you will make the best choice that suites you good luck! I'm looking hard at my next ride. Current bike is a 2006 Nomad with about 20,000 on the clock. More by the time I sell it. Anyway.... Found what looks like a good deal for an '08 RSV with 5K on it. About 12K out the door, I figure. Bike appears flawless, but I haven't test ridden it.. yet. Good/Average/Bad price? The Nomad is a fine machine - best bike I've ever owned, but I find myself wanting more power, more comfortable passenger arraignments (because we all know when the Mrs. ain't happy, ain't nobody happy), and a few other niceties that the Nomad just doesn't have. There's plenty to be said for a Nomad - handling is downright impressive - I can do figure-8's in the parking lot all day long on mine. Great balance, smooth riding on the highway, enough lockable storage to get me through a 4-day trip without additional luggage. So here comes my slew of questions.. . Any former Nomad owners here move up to the RSV?Ride characteristics between the two? I have never ridden a bike with a fairing before. Hard to handle?Any niggles the RSV's are known for in this year range?Anyone running Avon Cobras on one? Have them on my Nomad and won't use another tire. Speaking of, how's mileage on the rear with all that weight? The last time I looked at an Venture I was thoroughly intimidated. No longer, since I've steadily increased the size of my bike to better match my 6'6"/250 lb frame. Any thoughts you may have would be helpful.. P.S. Great new look to the board! JB

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