Predictably, the VMAX and V-Rod were clear favorites in the mountains and canyons. The VMAX pilot, like whomever was riding the Rocket, needed to control his right wrist, only much less so. In tighter stuff, the smart rider would stick to the lower rpm ranges, using the easy-to-control bottom end to pull out of the corners, which also kept the shaft effect to a minimum. At higher rpm, not only is the shaft effect more, but the tire has a propensity to spin at the corner exits if you're too heavy on the throttle. If left at around-town (factory) spec, the suspension is only marginal in canyon riding, bouncing around a bit too much and getting easily upset by mid-corner unevenness. However, a few clicks on the easy to reach adjusters rectifies all this in a hurry and it will rail corners like the overweight sportbike that it is. The problem is that if you leave it this way, its handling everywhere else gets way too harsh, also like a sportbike. We only managed to get the ABS to kick in a couple times with some stupid late-braking maneuvers, but in both cases it kicks in and out quickly as needed, which is a sight better than the H-D's system which is a bit more intrusive, hanging on for a little longer before giving control back.