I asked a similar question recently. I always liked the Nomad and dreamed of having one when I had a C50. Decided this year was the year and was looking at a Nomad and stumbled on a few Voyagers. As much as I love the Nomad look and such I ended up going with the Voyager as it will give more comfort to the Mrs when she is along and already having trunk, tunes, etc meant less MODs needed. Had mine 2010 a week now and very happy with it. I am sure if I went Nomad I would be have been happy but this really is like riding a slice of heaven.
Several folks commented on my thread about things they felt were necessary and I think some depends on year if your not looking for showroom floor new.
Showroom new isn't really an option; unless it's a leftover. 2014 was the last year for the Nomad.
So, in my 'shopping quest' I've ridden an Ultra Classic, Road Glide, Victory Vision, Vaquero, Voyager, GL1800, Indian Chieftan; in addition to a Road King and a Nomad. Heck, I've even thrown a BMW R1200GS and a Kawasaki Concours 14 in there! I really thought I wanted a full faired motorcycle. I mean that's what you're supposed to have when you do a lot of long distance riding, right? But everytime I rode one I felt like there was a little bit too much going on and ever time I rode a big twin 'open cockpit' cruiser I felt at home. Call be weird I guess, but if money was no option and I could have any bike I want; it would still be a non-faired bike. I DO want factory bags that lock with the same key, electronic cruise control, etc.
I appreciate the input!
I have a 2011 Nomad and I really like it. I do a lot of 2 up riding and my wife loves the seat and back rest. In the 2011 (at least the one I have) the belt whine is much better and shifting a little smoother than the 2009 I had before. It is a little top heavy at low speeds but something I got used to quickly.
I love the 6th gear and cruise when I get stuck on the super slab. Every other road makes the 6th gear unecessary.
If I were buying a new bike today I wouldn't hesitate to get another Nomad.
Presently, my 900 has a Harley Davidson tour-pak mounted. And that'll go on the Nomad as well. I know the trend is a big fat fairing up front and as little as possible at the back (The Street Glide, Vaquero, etc. are flying off of the shelves, so to speak). But I'm kind of the opposite. So yeah, my wife is definitely spoiled with the wraparound backrest. BUT, she rode my bike a grand total of two times last year. There's a shiny red Honda Shadow that she tends to ride on
Very rarely do we ride two up anymore. Generally on two bikes.