Got to agree with everything you said there mate, I went from the VN900 classic to the 1600 nomad 2 years ago, just did 1000km's in a day on the nad with the wife on the back, a joy to ride and on the long open roads was comfortably sitting on 140km's p/h, it's very smooth and loves being at that speed, i'm very much looking to a 6000km trek to Tasmania (Australia) in december, great bike for comfort on long hauls.I moved up from 900LT to 1600 Nomad three months ago.
The difference is enormous. Huge. Unbelievable. You get up to 50-55 mph in 4th gear and drop it into 5th gear, and your engine drops to near idle rpm. Seriously. I rode from northeast Louisiana to western Colorado and back (2613 miles) running speeds from 55 mph to 75+ mph for hours. Absolutely no problems. (Actually doing about 82 as indicated on the speedometer, but my GPS showed 75-77 mph).
Would I have done that on the 900LT? Yep, you bet. I believe that she would have made that trip and several others afterward.
Would the 900 been as comfortable as the 1600? No way. Much lower rpm's, much smoother ride, much more comfortable overall. I bought my 900 new and kept her for four years, and I certainly don't regret that purchase. Excellent bike to learn (and re-learn in my case) riding, especially longer distances than on a sportbike. But I certainly don't regret the move up, either.
EDIT: By the way, the 2613 mile trip netted 38.9 miles per gallon, and that included a few hours @ 75, more than just a few hours @ 70, and that included crossing the Continental Divide three times, so 150 ft above sea lever to 11,000 ft and back.
Isn't that the definition of a cruiser?... just loafs along runnin' down the road.
Probably not the definition most riders on this forum use as "Cruiser". Here it seems used more as an image thing. I used the euopean geared VN2000 as an example because it just loafs along, very relaxed, and still has hit and is responsive to the throttle. That response is something a VN1500/1600 Nomad/Classic etc or 1700 or 900 doesn't really have. Will they run along 70-75? Absolutely. But none of them is very responsive to opening the throttle at that speed.Isn't that the definition of a cruiser?
For me, it's loafing along runnin' down the road at 70-75 mph for hours on end.