Once in the saddle, the drag-style handlebar (which rests on an extremely swept-back riser) and tank-mounted warning-light pod unique to the Mean Streak, remind us that this is a completely new flavor of Vulcan. We don't think the new LED housing is as pretty as the original, and unlike the other version, the refelctions from the chrome on this one will blind you when the late afternoon sun is at your back. The electronic speedo and tach are located above the multi-reflector headlight, and it's an unfortunate glitch that the tripmeter reset is difficult to reach while you're riding. We like the adjustable brake and clutch levers and the self-canceling turn signals. There's also that key right in front of you atop the tank, which threw everybody off. You actually can remove the key from the ignition lock once it's unlocked (Harley-style) and the bike will run all day. Once you turn the ignition off, however, the key is required to unlock it again. (If you have a habit of misplacing keys, ignore this feature.) Hit the starter and the bad-looking straight-set pipes burble sedately in that familiar 50-degree V-twin cadence. There is a little more notable aggression in the tone, but certainly, the pipes are all about visual bark.