Dead bug juice notwithstanding, Kawasaki's Vulcan 1500 Nomad is quite a looker, with sweeping, muscular lines and a striking, metallic paint job. And let's not forget those saddle, um... "pods" let's call 'em. Sleek and stylized, these hard bags had motorists doing double takes wherever we went; you could practically fit your couch in their capacious interior. Not that you'd need to. The Nomad's plush saddle is so easy on the keister, it took me three tries to build up enough momentum (and desire) to pry myself out of it. The cush seat, swept-back handlebar, and well-positioned floorboards made me want to slap some more miles on the odometer. Except for a tentative front brake (use both of 'em, like they told ya in school) and a squirrely exhaust note, this is a well-designed, serious touring machine; one I'd love to take, oh say...cross-country.