I made the same switch. Went from a 900 LT to a nomad. Best thing I could have done. The 900 was a great bike, but there is no replacement for displacement. The nomad rides so much better, the power speaks for itself. I didn't find the handling to be that much different. At times I feel the nomad is better even with the weight difference. It's a well balanced bike all around. Do it you won't regret it. The only big difference will be gas mileage. You will only get mid to upper 30 mpg.
2012 Vaquero Candy Lime Green/Black
1700 Nomad (Deceased)
Cobra Tri-Oval Exhaust
Racnrays Invention (Throttle Mod)
Cobra PowerPro Tuner