When it comes to performance, Harley wasn’t messing around. The 78kW (105hp) motor is more than you’ll ever need. In Sport Mode, the acceleration is outrageous, blasting you to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3 seconds. Though “blasting” isn’t the right word, actually. In fact, it’s almost eerie how smooth it is. I almost felt like the speedometer on the digital screen was lying to me because the launch feels so…. calm. So relaxed. It felt like I couldn’t possibly have reached these speeds so quickly, so calmly. One moment I’m waiting at rest for the on-ramp light to turn green. Three seconds later I’m at highway speed. And it feels like not much happened in between. One second I’ve got two feet on the ground. The next second is a gentle blur.
I didn’t reach the bike’s top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h), but I went faster than I ever planned to (and faster than I should probably admit). And considering how much the bike still wanted to give, I have no doubt that the electronically limited 110 mph top speed is attainable. Not that anyone would ever really need it. […]