The ergonomics and riding positions start to separate these machines. The V-Rod, resplendent in its anodized alloy bodywork, with its radically foot-forward and slightly leaned-back rider posture represents one extreme The Sportster Sport is the other end of the class, both in terms of style and its slightly sporty statement. The Sport's rough-hewn purebred American style greets the rider with its pegs somewhat rearward, a low and narrow handlebar and a canted-forward riding position over the small fuel tank. The BMW Phoenix catches the eye with its unusual suspension and frame arrangement, the absence of a swingarm on the left and a unique black and yellow paint scheme. It offers its rider a wide, low-rise bar, a broad solo saddle backed up by an unusual luggage carrier behind it, and footpegs kept somewhat rearward by its projecting cylinders. In keeping with its broad, comfortable style--emphasized by full fenders and a fat tank with the speedo atop it---the V-Star Classic has forward-set floorboards and a broad saddle along with a wide, medium-rise handlebar for a position that emphasizes comfort. The older Shadow Spirit is a bit of a blast from the past with its chopperesque brief fenders, forward footpegs, a high, buckhorn-style bar and a wide scooped two-piece saddle backed up by the only passenger backrest in the group. The Shadow Sabre also wears its pegs forward, but the bar is lower and flatter, the fenders deeper and the saddle narrower and one piece. Ergonomically, the Sportster Custom comes back closest to the V-Rod, with the footpegs well forward, narrow bar on risers, and a seat that is narrower than any but the V-Rod's.