The beach bars, on the other hand (or both!), may look cool, but took a bit of getting used to ergonomically, as you are forced to grip them tightly to avoid losing purchase, which gets old in a hurry on the highway as the air pressure tries to push you back. Because of this and its hefty weight, the Road King can be a handful during low-speed maneuvers or tight turns, but given the look of the bike, it was almost expected. The short-travel shocks in back magnified sharper bumps, but the ride was generally smooth and unsullied, with easy gear changes from the heel-toe shifter and smooth power transmission from the belt drive. The four-piston calipers squeezing the two front rotors slowed down the big King admirably, with easy actuation on the front control, but I still found myself using both brakes for quicker stops. And after 600 miles and three weeks of constant riding, the front brakes on our test unit still squealed.