After that, suspension. Harley has moved to a cartridge-style fork and new emulsion shocks for all the touring models, and they’re a massive improvement. For starters, the air shocks, prone to leaking down and hardly modern in design, have been ditched in favor of actual spring preload adjustment. One shock is fixed, with the one behind the left saddlebag has a handy hydraulic preload adjuster with unusually broad range. Tip the saddlebag back, twist the dial for your load, and you’re set. Even better, those shocks have much better control than the old ones. Gone is the mid-stroke indecision, gone is the tendency to bottom harshly. The ride is still soft, but the suspension uses the stroke effectively and is much more compliant over small bumps. I’m eager to try the Ultra out on real roads to see how it deals with concrete highways and botched expansion-joint repairs.