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Getting a new to me 1700

Hi All. Firstly,I must apologize for not being an active member of this site, this is an oversight on my part due tome being on VRA too and I totally forgot about being here.
Now, My 800 classic is being retired and I am looking at a VN1700 Nomad or a vn1700 Voyager and I can't really decide which to get.

Can anybody give me good or bad things to do with either machine?
looking to get one this month.

Invite to have a beer if anyone is coming to the UK too. I live on the south coast near Brighton

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Hi Kev,

I haven't owned a Nomad, but they seem to be fairly "the same bike" with the major differences being the bags, fairing, and electronics (Stereo, etc)...

If you're the type of guy who just pals around town or short/medium length trips, my feeling is that the Nomad would be fine. When I got back into riding (2007), the first bike I bought was a Honda VTX 1300. After I put on a windshield and leather saddle bags, I found it a great ride to commute with and to get out for a bit on the weekend.

A month or two later, my dad and I started riding and he really got into going on all-day 6 and 7 hour jaunts throughout the countryside. After that, I quickly learned that the VTX, even with a windshield and leather bags, was horribly uncomfortable after about the first two hours.

The Voyager on the other hand is more expensive, but -- weather pending -- I feel like I can comfortably pack a bag, walk out the front door of work on a Friday afternoon, get on the bike, choose a direction, and not come back until Sunday night. Completely spent, but happy as I can be.

So, for me, that's the difference. In-town commuting (Nomad), versus long-distance weekender (Voyager)...

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I don't have experience on either, but I've been looking at both for a while now and I'll just add this: in the U.S., I believe ABS was only available on the Nomad in 2014 -- so they are pretty hard to find if that is a feature you want. Not sure if that is the same in the U.K. or not.

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Hey,
I think you can't go wrong with the Voyager even if you only plan on short rides for now you never know when you might start taking the longer ones. That and I also find just going to the store it is nice to have the bags and trunk to carry things home in.
The only draw back that I have found with my voyager is at 5' 9'' tall the seat height, so my feet would not set flat at a stop, which after lowering the bike a inch with new progressive rear shocks and front fork springs took me a couple hours to install and that was no longer a problem, bike handles great. The other thing that you probably won't find a problem in the UK but in Louisiana during the summer when you come to a stop it radiates a lot of heat I mean a lot of heat but it is 100 deg. with 100 percent humidity so what do you expect. In the winter it is a plus.


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By any chance did you consider the Vaquero as not as top heavy as the Voyager without the trunk but has the touring amenities of a fairing
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American Cruiser UK had a 2012 Nomad for sale- they import them from the US


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I have one here in OZ & love it


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