Though a disappointment, the lean-limit issue was my only handling complaint. Bikes with big, wide rear tires like the M109R's have sometimes steered unevenly or needed a lot of muscle to keep them heeled over, but it took me about two turns to feel out the steering characteristics of this bike, which are quite neutral. Considering how easily, quickly and responsively this bike steers, I had trouble remembering that it weighs something like 740 pounds, full of fluids. Bikes this big and long just aren't supposed to change direction so immediately. Despite the light steering, the M109R has the stability of a large, flat rock. When I gave the handlebar a hard shake on the highway, the M109R immediately centered and stabilized. That stability also asserted itself in wind gusts and on bumpy pavement. Although it was a long reach to the outside handlebar grip, full-lock turns and other low-speed maneuvers were easy to manage. Suzuki learned from the outcry over the slightly short sidestands on the first Kawasaki 2000s, and made a point of saying that the M109R is easy to lift off its sidestand. I certainly had no complaints.