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Old 12-09-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Looking at an 05 Nomad

I have the chance to pick up an 05 Nomad with 39,000 miles, the asking price is $3500. Yes the mileage is high at 5500 a year but is a bike that's been riden
better than one that has sat around over the years? What should I look for are there any common problems with this bike? I'd appreciate your thoughts thanks.

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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The main question is how do you plan to use it.

I bought an 06 in May with 3,800 on it. Has over 8,000 now, and I didn't take a couple of planned long trips due to rain.

As the previous owner only went 500 a year, if you fall in that catagory, you are real good.

If you plan to do 10,000 a year, maybe not so much.....

The problem to look for/anticipate is the cam tensioner. Job is described on a few of the Kawi sites. If you are a moderate wrencher, it's a home job. This is also a job that needs to be done on other brands of MC as well.

We have a family lake house 2 hours away. I have to trailer the MC, as bride will not ride on it. I would certainly consider selling the trailer, and buying the MC you ask about.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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If I am not mistaken don't some of those bikes have clutch springs that wear out quickly. Someone correct me if I am wrong (lord knows it is not the first time) but don't you have to wait until the cam tensioners get to full extension before you add the extensions?
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The clutch springs are a 1500 item. As is the POG on the earliest model 1500's
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Thanks for the correction. I knew it was for the 1500's just did not know about the 1600's
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