As with other Springer-equipped machines, the front end provides a smooth ride free of the sticking friction (or stiction) that plagues telescopic fork legs. As a result, you get a smoother ride over small ripples and ridges than with most conventional front suspensions. The single-shock rear end is not as compliant over large bumps, especially sharp-edged models, as the front end, which diminishes the overall smoothness. The wide 16-inch front wheel lightens up the steering manners a bit, but adds a slight tendency to straighten up under braking, which we didn’t note with the skinny 21-inch wheel. Steering is otherwise neutral, particularly at low speeds, when the bike is extremely responsive and steady. Handling is stable in corners or simply bucking side winds on the open road.