With typical geometry (56-inch wheelbase, 23 degrees rake, 3.5 inches trail), the 1250SC handles like any other sportbike. Steering effort is light, though the bike turns in slowly-likely due to its higher center of gravity. Outright handling was difficult to assess, however, as the pre-production prototype was severely undersprung. The 1250SC pushes 500 pounds, ready-to-ride (the V-Rod motor alone weighs a massive 197 pounds), which is around 50 pounds more than the Ducati 998 that donated the hlins fork or the Yamaha YZF-R1 for which the hlins shock was originally intended. The suspension simply wasn't up to the task, resulting in excessive chassis pitching in both directions that compromised grip-and confidence. Roehrich assured us that spring rates would be corrected on the forthcoming production versions, set for delivery by the end of the year.