Originally Posted by new rider 9984
the 1600 but be careful with either the 16 or 15 cause the oil gear is plastic and will eventually wear out the teeth and have to be replaced if he was to buy either i would ask the dealer to put the aftermarket metal gear in before purchasing
You are partly correct on the 1500's having the POG .The '(( model year was the last year for the Plastic Gear and a very few 2000's had it . Every 1500 after 2000 and all 1600's came from the factory with steel oil Gear.
That being said I would pick the 1600 because of the cast wheels and the newer frame that is completely different than the 1500. The '99 1500, if it hasn't been changed out, has the POG. Kaw replaced several engines under warranty because of the gear failure and were aware of the problem and finally changed to the Steel in 2000 even at that some of early 2000's had plastic so if I buy a 1500 it is going to be '01 and up.
Now on to the 900 it is a good looking bike and does get better fuel mileage. It also has a glaring flaw,the 900's are as bad as the 750 to eat stators. This is well documented on VROC by their members plus I know several people personally with 900's who have had to replace stators as well. It isn't hard to figure out when one goes either.For reasons unknown to me when a 900 stator fails it squeals like a bearing going out in the bottom end.
For the same money, the 1600 is the best bike. Plenty of power and if you ride normally they get around 40 MPG and will drop below that at high speed. They also are geared high enough for extended highway speeds and not be wound up and screaming. I have an '05 1500 and the nice thing about these bikes is they are FI and have dual stators and rectifier and will run all kinds of extras and seldom fail. The down side to a 1500 Classic vs a Nomad is the Classic has tube type wheels. I am remedying that situation as we are talking about this, I changed the back to a Nomad wheel and the front is getting ready to be changed over too.
1600,all the way if I were picking,plus you can run one of the 1600 or later model 1500 engines for 100k usually with little to no problem. The 1600 also has aftermarket parts Galore and available every where.That is also a good price for that bike as well. If I were in the market, I would be on it like a cheap suit. Plus it's Black and Chrome ,doesn't get any better than that
Edit :Texas beat me to it and provided links, check them out.
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