Noob 1700 Nomad Questions
Hi all - I purchased a 2010 Nomad 1700 yesterday and rode it home from Prescott AZ to Las Vegas NV. The bike is in very, very good shape and has less than 7k miles on it. The owner had all service records including 4 oil changes (seems excessive but no complaints). The bike ran fine and power seemed adequate but I noticed a few oddities and hoping you can enlighten me:
1. The bike makes a sound almost like a "chuffing" or "puff, puff, puff". I don't know how to describe it. Almost like an exhaust leak but I've checked the pipe connections are they are good. The prior owner put cobra pipes on but I think they are just slip-ons. The sound is definitely tied to engine speed. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Typical of the bike?
2. The saddlebags seem overly difficult to latch. I have to give them a pretty good push to get them to latch. And, the left side bag only seems to click on one of the latches. Is there an adjustment procedure? Or, other tips on servicing the latches?
3. The passenger backrest is wobbly. At first I thought something was broken and took it all apart only to realize it is rubber mounted. Still, it seems to have a lot of "play" to it. Is that normal?
4. I read on these forums about noise related to the transmission and belt. Sure enough, this bike makes a groaning or whining noise at low speed. I can't tell if it is the tranny or belt - how do you distinguish between the two?
Otherwise, I'm in love with this bike. It's beautiful to look at, very comfortable and the v-twin sound is awesome (especially compared to the FJR I normally ride).
Any help appreciated.