I just got a 2011 vaquero yesterday and I love even more than I thought I would. I rode it for a few hours yesterday and I didn't want to get off of it. Then today I rolled dice with possible rain and I got rained on on the way to work but it handled great and I didn't get that wet. It was down pouring all day and luckily it quit raining by the time I got off but the wind was blowing hard. My first bike was a Suzuki C50 and the wind would blow me around when it got gusty so I was unnerved with wet roads and high wind but once I got on the road this thing handled like a champ and I didn't even notice the wind at all. I was happy with the C50 but wanted some more comfort with the radio, fairing and cruise but I never imagined that I would love this bike as much as I do. It looks awesome, ride wonderful and it is a joy to open up on take off. I've never ridden a Harley but I don't want to pay for all their marketing and I cannot imagine that any Harley is any better than this bike, if even as good.