Any of these enormous cruisers would get you to such an off-the-beaten-path destination in relative comfort and style. All are impressive and all are desirable. Collectively, we enjoyed the look of the Honda much more than the other bikes, and it received the majority of compliments on the road. The Neo-Retro style, especially the slick taillight treatment, clear-lens bullet signals and svelte new tank, really works on the long, lean chassis. As most of you know, Honda has implemented a custom-build program that allows you to order your VTX in one of three different finish styles, four colors and more than 40 dealer-installed options. Our test unit was furnished with the light tree, bags, backrest and windshield from the trove of accessories. Yamaha's Road Star is a decent-though very basic-looking cruiser, which some might see as an advantage. In contrast to the others, however, its style seems very bland. Nothing to write home about, yet nothing to be ashamed of. The Kawasaki, on the other hand, always draws opinion, though more often negative than congratulatory. Most people point out the rotundness of the headlight nacelle, the Volkswagen Beetle-like taillight and the what-were-they-thinking wrinkle-black finish on the drive cases. The big tire is the Kawasaki's most exalted element. While it does have some nice appointments, and the finish quality is admirable, we agree that the V2K is a bit ugly overall. Why did they have to make it so fat? Wouldn't that engine look great as the centerpiece in a lean, chopperesque setting more like Victory's Vegas? The new Vulcan just seems big for the sake of being big, and we can't applaud that.