Passenger comfort is above average for a stock cruiser IMO. The seat and extra large back rest are surprisingly supportive for stock and the passenger handles are nice as well. One of my friends even nodded off a couple of times during a highway ride. The same support is in the front as well although you may or may not like the bowl like shape to it. It took some getting used to for me coming from a more laid out seating position on my Vulcan 900 but once I got used to sitting standard it has been very comfortable and I have much less fatigue after a long haul. The only complaint I have about the seat being more "supportive" down there is that it can get a little warm in the summer time due to less wind flow and increased engine heat. If you have bad knees then one thing you may want to factor is that the 1700 Nomad seat is a little wider, taller, and the bike has a higher center of gravity then the 1600. But I am sure you can gauge that yourself if you have sat on one already to compare.
Wind buffeting is very minimal thanks to the shorter chassis bringing the rider closer to the windshield. This is one area where the 1700 really shines IMO.
As far as mechanical problems go I have 22k miles and the only time I have ever had to pull over was when the lights cut out due to a bad switch. Was covered under warranty though and as far as I know this isn't a common issue. The rest are just minor annoyances like belt whine, engine heat, and the gear indicator not responding to shifts right away sometimes. But overall I am very happy with it and for the price it's hard to beat as far as standard touring features go.
2009 1700 Nomad (Black)
OPT7 LED headlamp
Painted brake disks
Kawasaki light bar
Scootworks bar risers & engine chaps
RAM phone mount & drink holder
Kuryakyn speakers & AC outlet
National speedometer cowl
Wolo air horn
Oxford heated grips
Vaquero engine emblems
Mustang touring seat
Irons in the Fire rack
Kuryakyn Triple Play tail light
Cobra Tri-Oval exhaust
LED custom driving lights, accents, and turn signals
Goodyear Tripletred rear tire (205-16-60)
Ivans ECU flash
Last edited by matt7even; 07-19-2012 at 09:51 AM.