A contemporary test in Cycle World called the rear shocks rotten, and advised you toss them and replace them with Konis. They said they made the bike seriously unstable in the rough and downright dangerous in really bad stuff. They also complained about the bike being overweight, but on the plus side said it had plenty of power, fine brakes and a transmission described as a masochist's delight. But how can you not like a bike with a coffin shaped tank held in place with a leather belt!
Gianni is DT's Pacific Northwest correspondent.