So, a bit reluctantly, we fired up the black turbo bike and headed east once more. From the get-go the heavy-breathing Nomad wasn't running as well as it did the first time. The mixture was too rich, and at low rpm, and especially just off idle, the motor would choke and gasp. However, once the thing was up and spinning at a higher rpm we found the power to be just as exhilarating and wouldn't have known the boost was lower, had we not been told. When you're at speed, and the bike's pulling like a bull, it's easy to justify the inconveniences wrought by introducing performance modifications to your stock motor. Stock setups can be likened to Big Macs. The recipe may be boring, but you know what you're going to get, and you can count on its consistency like an old friend. If you've the taste for something differentmore meat, some relish or spicy mustardyou're going to have to experiment. We think a large percentage of touring riders are Big Mac fans. They don't want to sample inconsistencies a thousand miles from the nearest McDonald's...or in the middle of Death Valley, for that matter.