The Montauk shares the sometimes-abrupt throttle characteristics of its R1200 stablemates, but once you acclimate to the sensitivity, it's smooth sailing. Fourth gear is where the Montauk is happiest, loafing along at highway speeds at low revs without complaint (though it takes its time getting there). There's still a low-frequency vibration through the bars if you need to venture above 80 mph, but the deeper gear teeth ensure slick shifting, albeit still with a hint of clank in first and second. Midmount footpegs and an accommodating, sculpted seat combine for long-range comfort and an easy reach to the ground (though the 31-inch seat height is on the high side), with flat bars offering a neutral seating position and lots of room, even for super-six-footers. I found the brief, slanted fly screen ineffective, however, and chalked it up to styling conceit. The standard heated grips scored big points, especially when ocean winds picked up, and cleanly arranged instrumentation consists of CL-issue gauges, which include an electronic speedometer, tach and analog clock.