I'd love to hear from any and everyone who could give me some info. I am not about to buy this bike in the very near future, but still, as soon as I can. I have loved the Yamaha Road Star 1700 for years--the fact that the engine walls are a coated ceramic composite, which supposedly means the motor never wears out, as long as you keep the oil changed. It surely means that it CAN'T be rebuilt, though. I love the fact that the clutch is a 'dry' one, and the sound of it with aftermarket pipes. Belt drive doesn't lose much power, but some mean person could cut it with a knife, and shaft means NEVER having to adjust, just keep that special oil in there. The top end of the Road Star is a bit quieter. but I don't mind the noise, as long as it doesn't mean parts wearing out that have to be replaced or rebuilt over and over. I absolutely love the look of the left side case on the left side of the Kaw, and the fact that the saddlebags (Nomad) can hold more since the pipes come out the back, instead of both on the right loke a Star, or the bike it copies, the H.D. If I got a Nomad, I would only want a 1500,because the smaller tank looks so much better than the one on the 1600 to me; I do want a fuel injected model, however. Another mark in favor of the Nomad is the fact that I could get one (from what I've seen) at least a thousand bucks cheaper than the Road Star---maybe because that motor never wears out, I don't know. I've seen some Nomads for sale that were fairly low mileage for only $3000 to $4000 dollars. I wonder how long a Nomad can go before it needs rebuilding, and if it's practical to do such a thing. I wouldn't be putting a lot of miles on it, because I have to work 6 days a week--I'd probably ride it to work often in warm weather, because I live only 23 miles away, and work 2nd shift. Is it just that thing of 'apples vs. oranges?' Thanks for any input that can help me decide.