Thank you very much SteveJB for your great and honest review and input on the Vaquero. I think it has some great options on it from the factory like Cruise controls and the radio. I was hoping for Bluetooth and I have to check if the 2018 model has that. The dealer is selling it for a little over 12k which I think is a pretty decent deal for a brand new bike. Of course they have their freight and doc charges on top of that and with taxes it will be closer to about 14K out the door. Still less than the MSRP on the bike. Thanks again for your help. Now I just have to convince my wife that I need a Vaquero in my life.
Tell your wife that I said you need the Vaquero in your life! I bought a new 2016 in August of 2016, and I paid $13k for it. All said and done, I was at $15k out the door.
The Vaquero is a nice bike. The fit & finish represent a step down from a Harley, but you're paying about half of their MSRP, too. It also shows in the features - no central locking and keyless fob like a HD touring bike. The radio is OK, comparable to the base HD stereo, but not as nice as their upgraded setup. For a few hundred bucks you can add new speakers and an amp to the Vaquero, and then it'll be just as nice. You still won't have navigation, but Garmin's standalone unit is nice, as that's what I have on my bike. You'll want highway pegs for longer distance touring, and I recommend lower covers (I have leather ones, not sure of the brand) for riding when it's cold out.
The Vaquero handles fine, and has plenty of power for all the situations I've come across in 11.5k miles. Highway, city, squirting through traffic, high-speed runs, you name it! It keeps up with other touring bikes through corners, even with my timidness. The saddlebags are roomy and can hold enough for a long weekend solo trip. The headlight is fine at night, but think about adding the auxiliary lighting kit. It's pricey, but really adds to your visibility and what you can see. I installed it myself using the ship-in-a-bottle method.
The Vaquero also gets a LOT of looks, even from HD riders! Its clean, classic design, along with fully painted inner fairing, will turn heads.
Oh, and if the unthinkable happens and you dump it, the Vaquero is a TANK.
That's about all I can think of off the top of my head. Let us know if you get it!