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I enjoyed reading this old thread, because I have owned allot of bikes over the years - many of them, Harleys. A couple of thoughts:
The Sportster is not a "Chick Bike", but the updated version of what used to be one of the lightest, fastest Harleys on the market.
The " Harley Tax" referred to the extra money you had to spend to modify your Harley carburetor and exhaust,to undermine the government imposed emission restrictions on carbureted motorcycles.
Harley's new ownership of 12 investors, including Willey G. Davidson, got Ronald Reagan to support a tariff on Japanese motorcycles, over 900 cc's. This was to help H.D. regain market share, after the disastrous AMF ownership.
The unique, "Potato-Potato" sound of the Harley Davidson v twin, came as a result of a v-2 engine, with a single carburetor, with the piston rods attached to a single journal of the crankshaft. Modern Harleys have lost this unique sound due to fuel injection and increased idle speeds.
The "Dark Custom" look of the new Harleys leave me cold. It also makes me suspicious of marketing that tries to guide people towards cheaper, black paint, rather than the more-expensive chrome. Call a cheap product "Cool" or "Extreme" and gullible people will spend their money on cheaper product.
I think your view on the paint isn’t quite right. I’m not talking about cost, but visually, I hate bikes that are slaughtered in Chrome. It’s just to much. Not to mention maintenance as far as polishing it. I’m sorry but this isn’t a cost thing for me and many others, it’s an aesthetic preference. I love the blacked out engines, blacked out pipes and handle bars. Looks (in my opinion to my taste) a thousand tones better then having a bike so shiny when you ride it you blind people lol
 

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We all have our preferences, true. I thought the Victory Vegas 8-Ball was cool, when it first came out. I think my 2008 Heritage looks way better than the new Heritage, though. I like the new softail Deluxe, so we're not totally in disagreement!
 

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I once told myself that I’d never get a Harley because they were overpriced...

BUT, the Lowrider S, Breakout, Fat Bob and Softail Slim would be the only HD’s I’d think of buying...

....well, those are the only HD’s I’d stretch my money for...

I’ve never ridden a Harley...

I take that back, my Buell XB12R had a Harley heart 🙂

 

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The Vulcan S was a great stepping stone towards my Road-glide. It was a truly go anywhere bike for me; overall though the balance leaves much to be desired; and the seating, and the way the clutch and brakes have a meh feel to it.

Harley-Davidson’s are more expensive but they are more refined; everything designed is done so with purpose. The fit and finish is excellent; For me 6’3” 260lb , I don’t have to put both feet down at a stop, and the bike leans over with ease. Test Drive one today, you will be hooked.






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It's truly sad what Harley did to Buell (ex. bought em then buried em). Still think Harley's are way overpriced for what you get as you can often pick up two good metric bikes for the same cost of one HD.
 

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