After nearly 3K on my '04 RK I can say that nearly all that I had ever heard about Harley's is crap! I just returned from a trip to Tennessee (970+ miles) and have learned even more about my "new" ride. First, it seems to get more comfortable the longer I ride it. Most bikes are good at first and it gets uglier, for me at least, from there. I was more comfortable at the end of my 400+ mile day on the RK than I was when it started. I really didn't want to get off of it...but, I was at my daughter's front door and she would really have frowned on my riding it up the stairs. Second, I noticed as I rode through some really tight sections of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, that this big girl loves the technical part. I mostly used engine braking to set up corners and she just flew through them....at speeds the sportbike guys would've said were impossible. Yes, the floorboards are a bit sharper now, but hey isn't that what they are for??? I absolutely loved the predictability and stability that the RK has. I realize that a GSXR, CBRR, or FZR would've been faster, but I was quick enough and I was able to carry all of my crap and be comfortable too. I got stuck behind a delivery truck for a few miles along with a bunch of other people...when the truck pulled off the fun began. Had a sporty car behind me....for a while. Though I'd have to pull over and let him pass, until I looked in the mirror and he was disappearing behind me. I wasn't trying to press, I think I could have gone faster, yet I left him for dead. With a bit of shifter work and engine braking and conservative braking I was zipping along quite nicely. Still can't hardly believe the actual lean angle this big girl can achieve, if you don't mind scraping/folding the floorboards a bit. Third, Harley's can surely handle the heat. Yesterday (6/29) was brutal. 110+ in places. Yet, even stuck in traffic the motor never acted "funny". It started right up after each stop....most for liquids for me. And it idled just fine for minutes on end without a hiccup. (On Thursday I rode through Shelbyville, Tn and got stuck in a construction site in Unionville, Tn. I was idling in the obsessive heat for over 20 minutes and it never seemed to have a problem.) Yes, I could feel the heat from the engine, but I have never had a bike that I would call cool in traffic. The heat from the Harley was no worse than the heat from my '01 Triumph Sprint. Overall: great trip, outstanding bike. I will be posting a ride report soon as I figure out which pictures to use...I am a terrible photog which complicates the process.