From the little I rode it, the bike feels sturdy and powerful.
It hammers off the line with neck-snapping torque, almost 50% more than the V-Rod, but it doesn’t have the same drag-strip top-end fizz.
I love the drag-inspired air snorkel which provides a loud and proud induction roar to match the two-into-one exhaust which sounds quiet at idle but also has a full-throated tone at high revs.
It looks great in the “flesh” with its creative blend of finishes. You can also buy an accessory exhaust with titanium and carbon fibre finish.
Go is matched by stopping power.
On several occasions I performed panic stops, simply grabbing as much front and rear brake as I could.
Stopping power from the two big front discs is almost wrist-breaking.
There was a bit of fork dive, but the rear wheel did not lift at all.
With a 120-section front tyre and double that on the back there is excellent grip and no ABS action that I could feel.
The wide rear tyre is the same as the Breakout, so it has great traction and lateral stability, but it does make cornering a bit heavy.
It handles closer to the new Fat Bob, rather than the Breakout.
Lean angle is 32.6° on the left and 32.8° on the right thanks to the chamfered exhaust shape. It’s the best of Harley’s big twins and only beaten by the Street Rod (37.3° right, 40.2° left).
While the seat is firm and comfortable, the riding position is only good for short stints.
The hidden rear shock is short and it thumps over the bumps, but the upside-down dual-bending-valve forks feel reasonably compliant with no jack-hammer effect.
The small digital instruments are mounted above the handlebar and feature readouts for odometer, two trips, range, revs and clock, like most other Softails, with a toggle switch on the left switchblock.