Some dude on a Sportster pulled along side me on my way to work today. He looks over at me and says "Man, I love this thing...it is soooooooo fast"
Lol, charity rides really are dangerous!Owning a Harley does not necessarily mean you have fallen for the "Harley hype". I have a 2013 Softail CVO that sits right next to my XDS. I like to think that I am the anti-HD owner. I have never, EVER been to a Harley get together, "show and shine" or whatever the heck they call their meet-ups. I don't do group rides except the occasional charity ride (I think they are dangerous, personally). I do wear their FXG jackets as they provide the most protection I have found-it's serious riding gear w/o the "look at me, I am wearing HD gear" logos. I have ridden Indians, Victory's, and the big Suzuki and Yamaha cruisers. For someone like me who only wants to ride with their hair on fire about 75% of the time(i.e. the XDS), there is nothing like a decent handling Harley (I don't care for their baggers or touring behemoths). My Harley is big, loud, comfortable, and motors along just great when I want to cruise. Great motor, unmistakable fantastic sound, the highest quality chrome out there, and in my case, never a bit of trouble. I sold my V-Rod when I got my XDS, and if I could only have one bike, it's not a close race, it would be the XDS. But having two bikes with very different personalities and riding "moods" is great, in my opinion. I will say that some of the Harley's are just plain bad (all the Dynas, Street Bob's, Sportsters)