Tooling 'round town on the boulevard, though, is what this low, wide cruiser aspires to do, and we found ourselves looking forward to every jaunt. The immediate ride quality is that of a bigger bike, with easy but slower steering, softer suspension, and a relaxed, throaty lope. Except for necessary choke prodding during early morning starts, the bike performed flawlessly_--_we even took it through a quick dash in the rain, where the Volusia's long wheelbase proved a solid stabilizing force. The broad, slightly pulled back handlebar, low seat and forward pegs offered an amiable riding position and we found it easy to lever around low speed turns. A wide, flat powerband gave us good throttle response, even at low rpm. Passing slower autos uphill usually required a quick trip to the gear shifter, but any acceleration off the line left traffic behind without fuss.