Riding the bike - it's a handful to move around under a couple mph. Once rolling, the weight simply disappears like every other good touring bike. Being bone stock (sans loud pipes :)), it had a pleasing tone without being overwhelmingly obnoxious. I had issues with foot placement and adjusting to the heel/toe shifting thing again. Front brake pedal was too far forward to my liking with a 30" inseam. The highway pegs? Totally useless to me. I couldn't reach 'em! Handlebar positioning was great for me. Just enough pitch back and wide enough to not torture the shoulders. The windscreen was totally wrong for me. The top of the screen was right at eye level - a serious distraction. Wind management was decent. It was cool for Florida, but I don't consider 75* cold. Since all my gear was back home, I was relegated to a HD half shell and NOTGATT. Shortly after the obligatory Waffle House breakfast break, I tossed the half shell into the tour pack and said screw it. Too annoying and loose to be of any use.
Rain management was good except for the windshield height tossing all the water right to my face. I barely got wet in several typical rain showers for the area.
The engine was nicely set up for low end grunt, but it could use a new fuel map. It pinged horribly under load at speed when power was rolled on to pass. There was a noise present that sounded like rockers clattering at all speeds. The trans had an interesting rattle when slowing for a stop, sounding like a driveshaft u-joint going bad.
The seat was good for a stocker. I put nearly 400 miles on and could see doing a SS1000 with no problem. A backrest would be a good idea for me, though.
Heat management compared to the older Ultras I've ridden is MUCH improved. My legs never felt a bit of heat, but dropping my hand down, I could feel the radiator heat blowing outside my thigh. Kudos there for sure.
Would I own one? Nope. Did I enjoy it? Yep. I'd like to try a Fat Boy or a Road King like Don's to see if the slow speed stuff is more manageable.
I didn't make it to KW. When I got to Miami via US-41 from Marco Island, the storm clouds were menacingly horrific, so I ducked north instead. I took US-27 north to Lake Okeechobee, hoping to get some pics of the bike at the lake. There's a 20' berm around it, so that also didn't happen. I rode west across Route 80 back toward Fort Myers and meandered locally for a bit. There are no "twisty bits" here to test the agility of the lumbering beast.
In the Waffle House parking lot.
Looking south to Key West.
Shots from the casino parking lot in Miami. Fugly skies.