LOL February in Missouri engine heat is not an issue
my 09 felt hot sitting still (at a light) but moving wasn't that bad, Missouri in August engine heat IS a big deal.
I just got my 13 last week, but I loved my 09 and they are built solid, I agree justifying the 13 over the 09 for 4k would be hard
Ok, so you understand. I'm in South Louisiana, so most of my riding is in weather 80-100F+ except for the winter time which here is Dec-February or so. The 09 is a beautiful all black bike, but that also means it will get very hot, not just from the engine, but also from the sun. That's probably the biggest reason i'm on the fence.
The heat everyone talks about on the 1700's is more obvious on the Voyagers than on the Nomads because the Nomad don't have the fairing and especially the lower fairing restricting airflow around the rider that the Voyager does. Not saying you won't have any heat on a Nomad sitting still but that can be managed with the heat deflectors I spoke about in your last thread. There won't be any real difference between an '09 and the '13 Nomad heatwise. Markdavidson is correct about the other changes. I can't speak for the shifting difference because mine is a '12 and I never rode an '09 to compare. It would be hard to justify 4 grand for the difference between them IMHO.
That's good to know. I somewhat purposely focused on the Nomad as I was thinking I wanted some weather protection, but not too much, because, well, you already know... I live in the south... lol!
I can't thank you enough for your input here and the other thread. You've definitely helped me understand the bike better than anything I have read on the net so far. Much appreciate it!
I'll have to call and see if the 09 is even available still.