We started riding the VTX, reacquainting ourselves with its gregarious power and oh, yes, now we rememberlimited suspension travel and cornering clearance. To stave off insanity and backstop our subjective impressions, we fitted the bike with our Drack data-acquisition system. Using a small computer powered by the bike's battery, the Drack system can capture up to 180 minutes of high-resolution data that can, in turn, be pulled up in a sophisticated data-reduction program for analysis. On our mule, we elected to measure front and rear suspension travel through a pair of linear potentiometers. Every time the suspension compresses or extends, the Drack system takes note, with as many as 20 readings per second. We also recorded vehicle speed through a rear-wheel sensor and experimented with a small accelerometer mounted below the main saddle.