If you've ridden a cruiser with a huge rear tire or heard a critical report by someone who has, you may be wondering how well the Hammer works. Well, it's true that fat-tired customs usually handle in a...uh...less-than-optimum manner. However, a mass-produced bike from a major manufacturer won't get cut the same slack as a builder's one-off piece. Consequently, the Hammer rides and steers remarkably well. Yes, the Hammer "feels" somewhat different on turn in than a traditionally shod cruiser, but its behavior is friendly and completely predictable, allowing the rider to take full advantage of the increased ground clearance. The beefed-up engine works well with even more authoritative acceleration throughout the rpm range than the 1500 Freedom engine, which already rules the world of mid-teens V-twins. The welcome sixth gear makes highway cruising a relaxed proposition, and the comfortable riding position allows the rider to easily rack up the miles between stops for more sumptuous Texas Barbecue.