Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I'm not really concerned about whether or not someone else thinks my bike has "Soul" because I bought it to ride.
It's just human nature. Maybe an evolutionary trait passed down from early ancestors to make us stick with our decisions. When the sabertooth tiger is chasing us we need to have the confidence to commit to going "That way" because turning or slowing down will get us killed. Now we have the same sort of committed "The decision I made was right" mentality that goes to the point of being abrasive to others. Car brands, oil, motorcycle brands, you name it. Everyone has their favorite and anyone who does different is simply wrong. And, frankly, it's pretty silly. But then it seems so obvious we're right; we don't entertain the notion that it's also obvious someone else is right.
Personally I don't get the attachment. I drive a Mustang so I'm supposed to hate Camaros right? Except I think they are really cool. And I'm supposed to hate Harley's I guess? I use synthetic oil, does that mean I'm supposed to rag on guys who use discount bulk conventional oil from wally world? Nah, I just don't get it.
For ME; a Bike's "soul" is it's fit. If you ignore brands and other silliness and just go hop on a few bikes and ride them there's bound to be that one that's just "it". It fits right, feels right, rides the way you want it to; everything about it is just right. But if you think it also must be right for everyone else and anyone who says different is an idiot; well, then, you've lost it's soul! Remember the first time you hopped on it? That bike is just for you!
Chances are, if someone is telling you only H-D has soul, they are referring to their brilliant marketing. H-D is like Apple in that regard. Convincing the world that they are the yardstick by which the rest are measured; regardless of whether their product is actually any better (in fact, often in spite of). And borrowing technologies here and there whilst claiming to be the first. So in other words, it's not the bike at all. It's the sound, style, and "image" associated with the machine. And hey, if that floats your boat, go for it. What's the difference, really, between a $20,000 motorcycle that you just bought because it has a certain 'image', and buying a $20,000 piece of jewelry for the exact same purpose. Except you'll get a lot more fun out of the Harley; I say go for it. But that's kind of wrapping up why someone told you that metrics don't have 'soul'. Because IF you're going to buy a bike solely to slap an image on yourself or to connect yourself to some sort of faux-fraternity, then it's gotta be a Harley. Slap a bumper sticker and license plate frame on your pickup truck, put a "Harley Parking Only" sign in your garage and have a ball. Frankly, the only people who buy metrics, are folks who bought what they wanted to ride not what they wanted people to see them ride; or folks who couldn't afford what they really wanted. I fall into the former category and, in a way, the latter (not that I can't afford it, necessarily; but I don't want to spend that much). I like Harley's but at this point I've never ridden one I liked nearly enough to justify paying a lot more for.
"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
Last edited by Romans5.8; 03-12-2015 at 10:24 AM.