Just took a 2200 mile run on the Pin a few weeks back. In the time I left I bumped into lots of HD riders, singles and groups. Not a single one had a bad thing to say about Vics, in fact they mostly spoke about how Vic was a damn good bike. Not 1 commented on the looks outside of really good things, 1 even saying HD should take some design lessons from them.
I was invited to ride on and of with smaller groups who were headed to the same areas as I was, even helped 2 guys fix their bikes at a hotel in the parking lot. 1 was an older RK with a 80 cube with 115K on it and a belt with about 22 teeth missing lol. . The other a 6 yo Ultra Glide with over 30k of work into it. I also helped find an issue on another HD where it was cammed and re-piped but the programmer was never set to accommodate the new cams. He even took my Pin for a spin and came back and said ;Damn..that's a bike I could ride right there.".
I that week I heard, great bike, sweet ride, nice looking, great design, damned good bike, I know guys who have those and won't ever get rid of them, and my favorite.."HD riders used to laugh at those until they kept getting left in the dust, now they respect em".
These were total strangers, rode together, grabbed a few beers together, talked shop, politics, you name it. Not once did a HD guy even joke about my Pin. I had 2 people on that trip ask me what year Indian it was...that seems to happen half a dozen times each summer....mostly from women.
I have buddies who have hopped up HD's running 120 HP and up to 158 HP that give me a nice run for my money. I came from Harley and am now looking at a new RK with an M8 and a big build kit to toss on it that should give me at least 150 HP, BUT I have a buddy selling a nice 2011 Dyna with tons of work done, 4K miles, pristine with over 25K into it and 120 HP...he wants 11K for it. He has it dolled up too. May just pop for that one and save a crapload. Riches to Rags story..but he put good money into it for sure. Garage Queen.
My point is..I read about people who seem to get taunted by HD riders all the time and I just don't see it personally. Its happened a couple times but one time the guy had no bike at all and the other time some young buck with a sportster tried hammering on me until I asked him to pull his title out and race my 78% USA made bike against his 43% USA assembled in the USA bike. Even the older HD guys told him he was an idiot.
So I wonder why some guys seem to get into it all the time with HD riders while on their Vics. This was across Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada, and Indiana. And I still get lots of local comments on it as well from folks who don't even ride. My absolute favorite from a 4-5 year old little girl who stopped to look with her mom fast in a parking lot who smiled at me and just said "Nice bike!". Her mom smiled too when she saw me burst into a crap eating grin on that one.
(The Vision riders catch hell even from Vic riders...lol but thats a whole new post!
Sorry Bulldog! Had to throw that in!)
Because I just don't catch it like some Vic guys claim too. Other than half hearted joking from my HD buds never get any serious crap from HD guys. I get more snubs from Indian riders actually who think they are the Messianic answer to the riding world. But then again they snub HD too. With exception of the ones who were former Vic owners, they don't play that game.