To qualify my remarks concerning the 1700 Nomad, by no means did I mean to imply that there is anything wrong with it. I found that it is at least reasonably comfortable to ride on a hot (90's+) day, and really, the only time the heat becomes bothersome is in traffic moving slowly or stopped. The heat just has nowhere else to go but up. I liked my Nomad a lot and would still have it were it not that it proved itself to be a poor platform for pulling my Bunkhouse camper trailer. The heat only became an issue when it got hot out. Otherwise, it's hard to find a better bang for your buck when it comes to that kind of bike. The Nomad is less expensive than the others, has just a good quality, and is a satisfying ride. It only comes up short (but not by much) in the power department when compared to something like the Victory Crossroads or Cross Country, and both of them cost quite a bit more than the Nomad.
Personally, if I were to be in the market, I'd have a tough time making the choice, and it would have to be between the Nomad, the Victory XC and the Road King. In Alaska, heat is not an issue, as 70 degrees is considered to be a very warm day!
"Don't sweat the small stuff---it's all small stuff"
'09 650 VStrom