The fenders, of course, are what people notice first, and they draw the most comments. The strong, rigid plastic pieces cover much of the traditional spoked wheels, and the front fender wraps and conceals the front brake caliper and much of the disc. The rear end, though, is where all the fuss is focussed. As we mentioned earlier, the 800 Drifter one-ups the 1500 in the booty department, thanks to a triangulated swingarm and flawlessly hidden suspension. The fender mounts to the swingarm for a low-profile look. On the 800, however, the single shock blends with the wrap-around rear fender for a sleek, clean hardtail look, allowing the 800 to wear the retro bit more gracefully than the 1500's clunky dual dampers. That single shock is also preload adjustable--and the preload collar is now on the bottom of the shock for convenience. Kawasaki's suspension uses a cam-type spring preload adjuster, so you can easily dial in your setting. We rarely found any need to recalibrate, as bumps were absorbed admirably, and road-holding ability was on track. The Drifter claims to use stiffer springs than in its two 800s cousins, in both the front fork and the rear shock; while we never compared the bikes head to head, the Drifter's stability was impressive.