Some years it's a simple task to pick the most momentous new cruiser, because the choice is so obvious. Other years it's difficult because there are just too many worthy contenders. This year, it's been more like a non-event. While there were certainly important releases—Harley's V-Rod, Yamaha's Warrior and Kawasaki's Mean Streak—the new crop left us a little cold. Perhaps we had grandiose expectations for the new breed of Performance Cruisers, or perhaps the contenders were a bit less-than—or more-than, if you're talking about the cost of the 1100cc Harley. If you were to query dealers they would say that sales of the newest, supposedly coolest cruisers were also less than expected. In fact, several times now, we've heard of V-Rod fire sales, where dealers are letting the alloy bullets fly at or under MSRP because they are otherwise collecting dust on showroom floors.