Great review Sean. Though not my particular cup of tea, I find the nostalgic looks of the Nomad to be much more pleasing than the other cruisers offered by the Orient, plus it has one of the most important, and often overlooked features that every motorcycle should have, a comfortable seat. VWW
Being crotch rocket guys, you can't be expected to keep track of technical stuff on cruisers, so I'll hip you to the fact that the Vulcan engines have always had gear-driven counterbalancers.
And you probably don't care, but I'll tell you anyway, that unlike the Harley, Victory, and Yamaha counterbalancers, the Vulcan counterbalancer is designed to cancel secondary vibrations rather than primary, which is why a Vulcan has a characteristic hard thump at idle but is the smoothest twin at high revs.
Wish you would have shot some film at night, so we could see if the floor-boards throw any sparks. Special effects might be a good idea for crusiers, Otherwise, trying to move the Nomad around in the garage would probably be the most exciting thing about it. I've got to keep reminding myself that curiser riding takes a completely different mind-set - and, wallowing around at low speeds is just part of the deal.
It's a no brainer that Sean can handle one of the beasts below 5mph. But, how about sending Gabe to the mall, on a Friday afternoon, the next time you get one of these monsters. Thirty-five minutes of tooling around there ought to be the fear-equivilant of a Super Bike race.
I think someone needs to measure the length of Sean's teeth after this story. I sense the grinding that was occuring during the ride may have shortened them. I know you wanted to send Gabe for this one, but he was hiding under the couch.