Starting in downtown New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter, gave a quick taste of city riding. The new sprightly character of the Bonneville is immediately apparent, and very much at home in the city, the new wheels not only reduced spinning mass, but also dropped the rake and trail numbers slightly as well. It's a light-feeling machine that flicks in and around traffic with ease, yet has a huge spread of midrange torque to accelerate quickly at most rpm. The Bonny is no power-monger, but neither is it left wanting. While it's nice to have the tach on the Special Edition version, you don't really need it; once out of the uninspiring bottom end, the parallel twin revs and revs to a sky high redline, leaving plenty of room for error. Shifting is silky smooth, with a five-speed gearbox that moves easily between cogs. Suspension is solid for a semi entry-level bike; you feel the big hits and there's some bouncing in the rough stuff, but under most normal conditions it's a champ.