OK, first of all, I like Harleys, and sold a 2007 RoadGlide when I got my XC. I still have 3 other Harleys.
I live in LA, but am in Jacksonville, Florida for three weeks. The weather this weekend was 70 or so, and I rented a 2011 ElectraGlide Classic for two days. It was basically stock, but had aftermarket (loud) pipes.
My XC has maybe 3k miles, and has the Lloyd cams.
So, I was very interested how I would feel about the Harley vs XC now.
When I rode back to my B&B, on the freeway, my initial impression was the EG was every bit as nice as the XC
However, as I rode the next day and 1/2 (maybe 200 miles or so) I realized two critical differences.
1. The suspension on the EG is fine when the road is smooth, but it is TERRIBLE over a bad road! Incredible difference.
2. My cammed XC is waaayyyy faster. Waaayyy
Not really a fair comparo, but I have less $$ in my XC, after all the mods, than a stock EG would cost.
It was a really nice confirmation that I made the right choice.