Thumb the starter and feel the 103 shudder to life below, counterbalancers working to minimize the shakes adequately. Release the heavy-effort clutch (something to refine a bit more, Harley—if the Slim is really being targeted toward female riders), engage the heel-toe shifter to the usual Harley ‘clunk,’ and roll on the throttle to a perfectly mellow, non-stressful cruising speed. In other words, speed demons will come away gnashing their teeth in frustration, but low-key types out for a Sunday cruise should be more than satisfied with the results. For all its lauded torque (98.7 ft-lbs, peaking @3000 rpm), the 103 engine is well-matched to the Slim’s 6-speed Cruise Drive tranny, and there’s ample power on tap, especially down low. Handling is a mixed bag; as you’d expect, the Slim steers heavy, taking its time to negotiate all but the most mellow of sweepers. The relatively narrow blackwall Dunlops track well, and the bike rides in a stable and well-balanced manner, the front end feeling nicely planted at all speeds. With 700 pounds to tow, you still won’t be calling it a power cruiser, but you can feel the results of the Slim’s liposuction compared to other Softails (most notably the Fat Boy) when you blip the throttle. Though the ‘Boy is only 25 lbs. heavier, it feels like much more—perhaps due to its slightly lazier rake. That’s probably a good thing, because the Slim’s brakes (like other Softails) aren’t exactly high-performance. With one brake disc on each wheel, the four-piston caliper does an adequate job of slowing the front; the rear disc gets squeezed by a two-piston unit with similar results. Fortunately, ABS is available as an option.