Storage from the saddlebags is decent, but like most bags that aren't Harleys, the latching system eats up some real estate and gets in the way if you're attempting to overstuff the bags. The push-button latches tended to stick and didn't always latch the first time, but the locking mechanism was perfect. The pockets built into the outside wall were a nice touch holding the manual and tool kit, and had enough room left over for additional tools or any small objects you don't want to lose. While our tester didn't have the luggage rack now standard on the bike, we loaded it down like it had one anyhow, using a tent to protect the fender from our oversized sissybar bag.
We'll let you make up your own mind on the styling-it's big and projects a big image. The first thing most civilians commented on when we rolled up is the large automotive-looking radiator hanging in front of a large automotive-looking engine. Beyond the big motor compartment, fuel tank, and chrome intake scoop on the left side, styling is pretty conventional without big swooping fenders or over-styled bags. The 25-spoke cast wheels give the illusion of spoked rims, but without the weight or the hassle of tube-style tires.
If you're looking for what you can do with it on the custom side (this is Baggers, after all), we'll have a feature in the coming months of one done up by a major audio store chain complete with top box, fairing, and big-ass stereo system; big sound to go with that big power.
If you want details on the 3,300-mile trek I took, that will have to wait for upcoming issues of Baggers, as I'm putting together a three-part story of a fun, inexpensive trip that is not what you're used to seeing in magazines. One thing is for sure: this is a bike that grew on me. I wasn't all that thrilled with it out of the gate, but knocking down some 400-600 mile days (on back roads, while taking pictures), and never getting off the bike in pain, was pretty nice. With cruise control and ABS, it would be everything a power junkie could ever want.