Day 2 would be more intense, with part of the route including Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, a snaking 10-mile stretch of double hairpins and off-camber cracked pavement with sweeping views of the dramatic Pacific below (just don’t look). The first mile alone had us exploring most parts of the Cruisetec’s tread, and the Brembo brakes, ABS, and traction control were all fully tested to their limits. Between the grippy tires, easy handling, and a forgiving lean angle, the Challengers are able to twist, lean, and scrape through a piece of asphalt definitely not made for cruisers relatively unscathed (though I wouldn’t want to check the peg feelers). The Brembos haul you down quickly before the sharp bends, while the broad engine torque lets you rocket out just as fast to set up for the next one. The wide handlebar offers up good leverage on the never-ending esses, and exhaust heat is negligible (at lower speeds a fan directs hot air from the coolant radiator downward rather than toward the rear). Another benefit here is the easy-shifting six-speed gearbox (“with true Over Drive”) which made it a cinch to row through the cogs smoothly, which we found ourselves doing an awful lot of.