I recently had a chance to sample the new Shadow RS, and came away impressed. Most small cruisers just don't work well for guys my size (6' 3"), and as a result I had low expectations. I was shocked to find that a) it fit me, b) it was comfortable, and c) it was fun! Critical in all of this revelation is a riding position that is more like a standard motorcycle's. The pegs are farther back than a typical cruiser, and the seat well-padded. You sit more "on it" than "in it", which for me is a very good thing. Another impressive thing about the RS was the motor. It's surprisingly capable and feels stronger than some 900s I have ridden over the years. Fueling is impeccable, and the feel of the motor is decidedly thumpy. It sounds great and pulls strongly, with plenty of beans for highway riding. Ground clearance is better than most, and the suspension-though basic with rear preload adjustability only-works well. The single front disc and rear drum combo offer plenty enough power. There is no plastic feel to this Japanese cruiser; rather it has very high quality look and a solid (but not heavy) feel to it.