The beach bars, on the other hand (or both!), may look cool, but took a bit of getting used to ergonomically, as your digits are forced to grip them tightly to avoid losing purchase. Because of this and its hefty weight, the Road King can be a handful on low-speed maneuvers or tight turns, but given the look of the bike, it was almost expected. The short travel springs in back magnified sharper bumps, but the ride was generally smooth and unsullied, with easy changes from the heel-toe shifter and smooth power from the belt drive. The four-piston calipers squeezing the two front rotors slowed down the big King admirably, with easy actuation on the front control, but I still found myself using both brakes for quicker stops. And after 600 miles and three weeks of constant riding, the front brakes on our test unit (shared with sister magazine Motorcyclist) still squealed.