The driving position is not too stretched out, and even if the seat seems a little hard in the beginning, it proves surprisingly comfortable. Even after several hours on the road, we still ride easy in this horse's saddle. However, the almost inexistent protection against the elements is a disadvantage. The thin, straight fuel tank and the tiny fork beads are part of the problem. The strong highway winds force you to follow speed limits, and on rainy days the tiny fender and the oh-so-distant front wheel will have you pining for some rubber boots.
|The strong highway winds force you to follow speed limits.|
Stable at high speeds and incredibly nimble at medium speeds, the Rocker C is nevertheless quite tricky to balance at lower speeds because of the sharp angle of the forks. The brake system, comprised of a 292-mm disc on both front and rear wheels, generally does it job well, but considering the weight of this beast, a little more fierceness is definitely required, especially for such a duo.Expressive
The Twin Cam 96B engine really pulls through thanks to omnipresent torque at high and low engine speeds. Its flexibility allows it to dip below 1,500 rpm without batting an eyelash. The engineers have done a good job since the introduction of the ESPFI sequential injection system; while the two-cylinder engine is slightly mellower, it hasn't lost any of its charisma. Power delivery is accompanied by a good dose of torque at medium rpm, just enough to enthral us properly without being brutal.
On a road meandering to the flow of the St. Lawrence River, the two-cylinder Harley is alive at all rpm levels, and it's so expressive and progressive that every bend rounded is pure pleasure. A Harley is also the charm of a snappy transmission that offers up a typically American driving experience. The 6th speed is really drawn out, which decreases the rpm on the highway for added comfort, better fuel consumption and increased autonomy, about 300 kilometres.
|The two-cylinder engine is slightly mellower, it hasn't lost any of its charisma. |