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I am in the process of buying a new motorcycle. My specs for myself were that I wanted it liquid cooled, EFI, Shaft drive with hard saddle bags or saddle bags that can hold my brief case and books. I almost got one last year in the Kawasaki 1600 Nomad, but decided to wait for the 2009. When the 2009 came out, it was in belt drive not shaft. Now I don't know what I want. There are some Yamahas with shaft drive, but they have carburetors, not EFI. My question is. Which is more important, EFI or Shaft drive for comfort and long distance riding as well as in city. The only motorcycle that has everything I want is the Honda goldwing, and that is out of my price range.
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Thank you for replying Airhawk.

I guess I have a misconception that the belt is going to bust when I am traveling. I had a 1982 Goldwing 1100 and I never had a problem with the shaft drive.
Are you saying that I should consider buying a motorcycle that has EFI rather than a shaft?
I guess what I am trying to say is: Should I consider buying lets say, an Kawaski Nomad with belt drive and EFI, rather than a Yamaha Royal Start tour deluxe with shaft drive and carbs.
 

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Thanks for replying trenttheuncatcable.
I am looking for maybe a cruiser/tourer like the Kawasaki Nomad with EFI and belt drive or the Yamaha Royal Star tour deluxe that has carbs but is shaft driven, or maybe just a touring bike like the new Kawasaki Voyager that has EFI but is belt driven. I could see myself in any of these bikes. I do like to go out of town a lot and up to the mountains where it is nice and fresh. But also have to carry my brief case and books when I go to work everyday. I ride everyday. What is your take on this?
 

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Thanks Pushrod,
I will be hauling a passenger when I go out of town and a trailer every once is a while. And I will be hauling the trailer up hill to the mountains. Most of my in city driving will be by myself.
As far as fitting, do you think they will let me test drive the bike before buying? I think kawasaki will, but not Yamaha here.
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So do you think having an EFI would be better than carbs for the long distance with two up and hauling a trailer up hill? The belt drive should be able to handle all the weight, right?
 

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To answer SomeU's reply,
I need the trailer because sometimes I have to do the camping thing when riding with certain friends. When I go camping, yes I usually drive my truck, but not always. Sometimes it is nice to go camping and ride wherever you want to go.

I can't afford a goldwing or BMW. They are way out of my price range. I used to have a 1982 Goldwing and it ran perfectly until I go water in my engine through the spark plugs. That's why I was thinking about the Nomad or the Royal Star tour deluxe.
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Yeah SmokeU,
it does suck. That's why I need something that is comfortable and at the same time be dependable.
I've seen those trailers with the built in tents. Those are really nice. Maybe after the trailer I have now falls apart, I can get one of those.
I really don't know if it was through my spark plugs. I am assuming it did because when I took off the spark plugs and pushed the bike while in gear, water came out of the piston. And since it was winter during that time and it snowed, I assumed the snow melted through the hole of the plug. In any rate, the piston froze and I went ahead and sold it since I wanted a new one anyway.
 
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