I don't want to generalize, and I'm sure there are exceptions to every rule, but it seems to me like the weekend warrior, 2,000 miles a year riders are the brand bashers. The guys who pile on the miles are the ones who just aren't that concerned about what you ride. I do like a little ribbing with friends, like the other day a guy mentioned there was a promotion going on at a local Harley dealer and before he finished I said 'Yeah, a free bag of oil-dri with every new model sold' to which he replied 'Yeah and if you buy a Kawasaki you get a free bag of white rice!' It's all in fun.
Like it's already been said in this thread, it's not about superiority it's about surprising pre-conceived notions. A LOT of veteran riders are impressed with the 900 when they ride it. Not because it's God's gift to motorcycles, but because they have an idea about how a 900cc metric motorcycle should ride, and that's not the experience they get out of the VN900. I don't think my buddy thought my 900 was BETTER than his Road King, but I do think it was a lot better than he expected it to be.
I wouldn't mind a road king myself! It was a nice ride! But there were things that surprised me about it as well, both good and bad. After hearing all my Harley buddies tote build quality I was surprised to find the left grip was loose and there was a lot of plastic chrome on the bike. After hearing my metric buddies talk about how poor riding, handling, and sluggish Harley's were I was surprised to find it had plenty of pep, was smooth as butter, and laid into the corners effortlessly! The H-D Road King is definitely on my list of 'if I ever trade in my 900' bikes. Along with the VN1700 or even the Honda Goldwing.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT