On the open road, the protection afforded by the snub-nosed fairing is enough of a compromise between open-air cruising and a hint of shelter to remind you that, hey, you're in the wind (so yes, there's some buffeting to endure). In all, the riding experience is positive, with relatively light clutch action, positive (if still clunky) shifts, and well-dialed fueling. It's nearly impossible to tell that the throttle isn't operated by a cable. To its credit, Harley keeps refining its brakes, too: A trio of 300mm discs provide reliable if unspectacular stopping power (we expected a bit more bite out of the dual Brembo 4-piston calipers up front). And the $845 anti-lock option is worth it: even maximum-braking stops on our ABS-equipped unit were smooth and controllable.