Hope I don't seem like a disgruntled 109 owner, though I am! I am 56yrs old, and started out on dirt bikes when I was 18. I have owned every brand ( except Harley road bikes ) and enjoyed most of them. Most of my bikes have been sport tourers, and my favorite was ducati 907. Having said that, experience goes a long way in book. My wife asked if we could buy a cruiser, so I gave in. She never complained all the years that she was bent over holding on, so we went looking. We wre going to look at suzuki 90c, but, m109 was sitting there and it was a no brainer, GOOD FOR BOTH! Now I get " Cruiser" magazine and they do "real-world comparo" of biggest v-twin cruisers. Well let me say that whomever was riding the 109 and said it could not keep up in the twistys, and did not handle well in corners at low speeds had better go back to training and practice. This bike should not be put in the same class with those motorcycles,its a different breed thats the reason i bought it. The handleing, throttle response is for bike this this size, and in the hands of an experienced rider will put Motor Cycle Cruiser Mag to rest. I am sorry if I affened Anyone,but thats my statement and I'm sticken to it!!!