Although it's best suited to a relaxed pace on any sort of pavement, the King is surprisingly athletic on a gently meandering Saturday morning back road. Scrubbing off speed takes a firm squeeze on the steam shovel-sized front brake lever and a skillful boot on the rear brake pedal. Still, braking power is more than adequate. Those expansive chrome floorboards limit cornering clearance, but His Highness can get down the road at a surprisingly sporty clip as long as the pavement is smooth. If it's not, limited rear suspension travel means a punishing ride, especially if you're packing a passenger and some gear in those bags. That blacktop-skimming profile looks cool, but it also makes every bump in the road a potential pain in the butt. Air-adjustable shocks do their best, but despite an inordinate amount of fiddling around with pressure, riding with the King is way short of plush.