I owned a 2001 Nomad FI. Served me well and decided to make a change. Having such good service out of the 01, I went and traded it for a 2009 Kawasaki 1700 in Nov. of 2009. Liked the bike alot. But was not real pleased with the fuel mileage. A friend bought a 2010 XC in April. My thought was this is a really nice bike. The 2 of us took off on a 6800 mile trip, Jun 30 thru Jul 17th, from FL to CO, WY, MT, SD & back to FL. I immediately noted his fuel mileage. Running on the open rode, I would put in 4.7 gallons, & he 3.6 or 3.7. Much better mileage. while I was getting 32 to 36 mpg, he was seeing 44 to 47 mpg. The 09 Nomad was really hot riding across KS with 105 degree temps. The fan would just toast your legs while slowed up going thru small towns. And I had the improved heat shielding upgrade done to mine. I find the XC to be a cooler riding bike and I am in FL. Then on July 28th, I went and traded for my 2010 XC. In my opinion, much more bike than the 1700 Nomad. Granted a few extra dollars, but we only live once. If you can, get copy of the Rider magazine, May 2010 issue. Has a comparison write up of the XC to a Harley Street Glide(In essence a Road King with batwing fairing). The same issue has a write up on the 1700 Nomad. Maybe that will help your decision. Love my XC!!!!!
PS-As for the sidecar, I don't know what is available.
Last edited by rdeerx; 10-26-2010 at 07:57 AM.