Handling came down to a matter of preference. Objectively speaking, the Victory had a big cornering advantage, even with those huge floorboards. Despite similar-sized front tires and fork rake angles, the bikes had a different feel in navigating through corners, and this contrast in feel made one of the biggest differences in our test. Unsurprisingly, the riders who preferred the Switchback also preferred its handling, and the same is true of the Hard-Ball. The direct action/leverage over the front end counteracted the longer wheelbase and weight of the Victory for some, while others preferred the lighter-weight Harley. To be clear, this was not a size thing, just differing riding styles. That said, all riders, despite their preferences, enjoyed riding both bikes quite a bit.