Well I dropped off my daughter at uni today and past the city harley dealership so decided to go in. I was curious what the difference in handling would be between a mega expensive harley and the 1st gen max. WELL after borrowing a lid and showing them my licence I took out a fat arse, and to my delight it turned out to be completely crap, the big numbers on the spec sheet did not equate to the drive experience, it was loud and slow, the max would have blown the fat thing into the dust on every road, the torque meant noise and the horse power meant ... well more noise. The handling for a bike that is £20,000 and 30 years newer than a gen 1 is really about the same it wiggles and wobbles in certain situations just like the max altho it did feel a little more stable in a high speed straight line. I have had my curiosity well and truly satisfied and conclude that I would never by a bike with a big name but nothing to justify the crazy amount of money with nothing at all to show for it, you would expect great power, you get none, you would expect great handling, you dont get that, you would surely expect high tech modern engineering, ohh no, you still get a steel tube frame and not very good brakes and a motor that has it roots from decades ago. I will be very happy riding my max now knowing you get as good and better than a harley for a fraction of the cost . Rant over, enjoy the odd ball vmax coz there is nothing like it anywhere else .