Besides which, stability is something Suzuki's M109R has aplenty, by gadfrey. One could hardly expect otherwise given its weight, 67.3-inch wheelbase and 31.15-degree steering head angle. All of which makes for a perfectly relaxed feeling, especially if the road lets you keep the horizon you're chasing in sight. There--and even through gently curving backroads--the M109R feels practically anchored to the pavement as it lopes down the road, the just-perceptible power pulses coming through the seat, grips and floorboards, and that big V-twin booming along right at its 119-lb.-ft. torque peak (claimed) at 60-65 mph (our bike's speedo had kph markings, making it a little difficult to be precise). If the road gets like Archie Bell and the Drells and does the tighten-up, the front brakes provide good, strong stopping power, albeit without the initial bite of the donor-bike GSX-R1000.Surprisingly, the riding position is partly responsible for the M109R's mellow road demeanor. Not that it's radically different from that of a passel of other V-twin cruisers; the rider sits fairly upright, arms outstretched about chest level to grasp the handgrips. The footpegs are positioned for larger pilots; the inseam-challenged among us might find their legs too extended for long-term comfort.