This is one of my gripes about cruisers: Many lack what I consider to be adequate cornering clearance, a situation that is worsened when you add another body or luggage. I have had, er…philosophical disagreements on this subject with a number of manufacturers’ reps and quite a few owners, who generally hold that cornering clearance is like any other limitation on a motorcycle. That is, the rider is responsible for learning about it and respecting it. In some cases where we have bitched emphatically about lack of cornering clearance on test bikes, owners have communicated that their motorcycles were not intended to be roadracers and treating them as such merely revealed our total lack of understanding about True Cruising. According to these folks, neither they nor anyone they have ever talked to has even come close to dragging their perfect motorcycles, and you should see how fast some of those guys go around corners. My response has been that there has to be some minimum amount of available lean angle, even on bikes where tipping them way over into corners is not in the job description. While I might not be able to define that minimum precisely, I know it has not been met when I can unintentionally drag things while turning corners in our slick-surfaced, often greasy parking garage floor. Even if a rider doesn’t plan to lean over far enough to drag anything, there should be enough lean angle available to tighten up the line to deal with midcorner surprises.