Been a Harley guy since 2004 until the Vic. EVO was the best HD engine. The Twinkie is OK in its stock form--- but few guys leave it that way. My last 2000 Ultra Classic, I spent over $3000 in a 95" big bore kit, cams, upgraded chain tensioners, PCIII and custom map, etc and got it up to 88 HP and 96ft lbs, which is just about the max for durability. Test rode the Vic and traded it the next day. Nuff said.
Rode a buddies Night Rod and it was awesome! But "true HD guys" do not see it as a real Harley. The newer rod models do have more low end torque--- but they do not have the THUMP! Therefore, check the resale. They are very cheap and do not hold their value like the big twins.
The one I wish I had back was a 90% restored 1990 Heritage that was "modified" and stronger than any 88 CID twinkie that I have owned. It also got 29 MPG, but it had a swagger that was hard to beat! Here are some pics.
Summary: I love the Kingpin
"The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends"-Robert Earl Keen
Last edited by 4 inch pistons; 11-15-2012 at 10:47 PM.