For our day of trail riding, the Honda techs stiffened up the compression, rebound, and preload on both the fork and shock. Our initial impression of the suspension once we peeled off the highway was that it had an overall performance-based feel more than comfort. Not that it isn’t comfortable, just that we were expecting a super plush adventure bike set up yet the bike felt more like an off-road bike set up than pure trail comfort. The initial part of the stroke is comfortable enough to soak up most dips and trail chatter very well, but when you start to pick up speed and start riding over bigger rocks, there is a great amount of hold up. This transfers to the rider in a way that you would expect a normal dirt bike to do. The fork and shock don’t just eat the trail up and not give the rider any feed back – the suspension has an active, sporty, springy feel that makes you comfortable popping the front wheel up and hitting a ledge with the back wheel. The mid-stroke of both the fork and shock has a firm, but not harsh, character that invites the rider to push the pace on this big bike. That being said, the very bottom of the stroke is a little weak and could use more bottoming resistance. We hit a few big dropdowns that had us use the entire stroke of the fork and it came to an abrupt stop. As long as you keep it in the beginning and mid-stroke the fork and shock are surprisingly good. For an average off-road rider, there is more than enough performance in the suspension.