Just bought a Vaquero, and I got a really good deal...so farewell. I know I havnt posted much but when I did I always got good answers and help. Thanks people!!!
I had a 1700 Nomad for awhile and sold it, only because it didn't do well pulling the Bunkhouse camper trailer. By itself it was a great bike, very comfortable, handled well and was just easy to ride. Gas mileage wasn't all that great--about 42 mpg on the highway at best, and they recommend mid-grade or premium gas, but I believe it ran OK on regular 87 octane fuel. The thing was unbelievably easy to handle at slow speeds, like in parking lots. Very well-balanced. Mine was a 2010 and I felt that the gearing was a bit off, but I understand Kawasaki has redone the gearing a bit. I'd have another one if I were in the market and didn't have so many "new house" things to get, like a fence, lawn, etc. Can't speak for the Vaquero, which is essentially a Nomad with a batwing fairing and side-opening bags. Good looking motorcycle, too. Those that have them seem to love them.I was watching this youtube demonstration on the new 2012 1700 Nomad and think it's a great bike with lots of nice features.
I took the Vaquero for a testride this last weekend, I would say that that appraisal is correct. It has decent torque off the line, but the rolling nature of the torque is marked at higher speeds and leaves something to be desired. That 6th gear is great for just chugging along the highway, though, and that fairing (the first fairing I've ever ridden) made for the least buffeting I've ever experienced.All the reviews I have read say that there is a torque/speed mismatch in the upper gears but all of the reviewers (from Motorcycle Cruiser) are Harley dudes so a big grain of salt might be necessary...