Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada,L2G4R2
The ZZR is quite capable of 600+ mile days, with a Corbin saddle, and, for your height, a set of GenMar risers. I ride two-up, and log an average of 47 mpg., 50 solo (LOVE those carbs!!). I've not had the pleasure to try a Nomad, so I can't compare 'em, but have ridden "cruisers" in the past and can't stand all the weight on my butt. The Big Z gives a good balance of butt, leg, and wrist weight. It handles like a mid-weight sport bike, and goes like it was tied to a 'Busa...
Riding at 70-75 will give you about 5-5250 rpm, and no buzz (of that kind!). Pillions will complain about the non-insulated rear pegs, but a good pair of boots will remedy that.
To date, there are no worries with this machine, beyond a decelleration wobble that seems to be caused by the stock Bridgestones after 3-4K miles. Replacement (usually done under warranty) with Dunlop 220s (as the '03s come stock) seem to be the remedy.
Best bet? Keep the Nomad, and buy the ZZR too.
Better living through torque!