Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bayonet Point, FL
I got my 2012 Nomad in October and have put on just over 7500 miles since then.
First off, the Nomads got a very clunky shifter. This is no sportbike shifter here! Think 18 wheeler! You will get used to it.
Second, The shift points in your manual are rubbish! If you shift at these points you will be lugging the crap out your engine. You will never, and I repeat never, over rev your engine! You simply won't be crazy enough to abuse your bike that much. As an example the last time I really was able to wail on my bike without getting a ticket, I shifted into 4th gear at 80 mph! And I was not topped out in 3rd. I suggest you shift at least 5 mph over the recommendations to start with. Just remember, if you need to accelerate you will need to downshift, as you will be pretty close to lugging at those speeds.
This bike has plenty of power for most anybody. But you need to let her rev to do it. Do some experimenting. You will be pleasantly surprised!
2012 Nomad 1700
Cobra Luggage Rack
Airlite Crash Bar Chaps
Kuryakyn Offset Highway Pegs
Vulcan Emblem on Passenger Back Rest
Fire and Steel Light Bar
Signal Dynamics Headlight Modulator
Wolo Bad Boy Horn
Kuryakyn Power Point
Back Off XP Brake Light Modulator
08 900 Custom - Traded in!