As with other Springer-equipped machines, the front end provides a smooth ride free of the static friction (or stiction) that plagues telescopic fork legs. As a result, the ride over small ripples and ridges is smoother than what you get with most conventional front suspensions. The hidden-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 seems to lighten up the steering manners a bit compared to Springer models with 21-inch front wheels, but there is also a very 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, considerably better than most cruisers. Handling is stable in corners or simply bucking side winds on the open road. Cornering clearance is less than most other Harley-Davidson cruisers, though presumably someone looking for a retro ride won't feel that cornering is much of an issue.