As we rode it, the suspension is less successful, mostly due to lack of development. Oehlins supplies the multiadjustable shock, and while there's no doubt it affords better wheel control than the stock Sachs item, it, like the stocker, is softly sprung. Fortunately, there are plenty of tuning opportunities in the aftermarket. And by increasing the length of the shock, it's possible to raise the Futura's rear ride height, improving steering feel and cornering clearance, especially with heavier riders aboard. Up front, the bike wears an unmodified fork--whose harshness is magnified by the smooth ride of the Oehlins out back--and Spiegler eight-piston calipers gripping ductile-iron rotors. They're amazing: powerful yet predictable, every bit as good as the new four-pad Brembo brakes appearing on high-end sportbikes. In addition, the bike has Spiegler billet master cylinders for the brake and clutch, which feel creamy and light.