Ok, so I can easily admit that the Harley marketing, and peer-influence really has worn me down.
I want a Harley.
I have searched up and down for models that appeal to me (aside from the V-Rod Muscle which would compete for love with my beloved Hammer S) and I'm so wishy-washy on most models. However, I did find two I really dig, and both are Dyna models.
Screamin' Eagle Dyna from 07/08 which I think is one of the most beautiful bikes ever made:
And the Fat Bob:
So I finally found a Screamin Eagle Dyna last week and took it for a ride. I was fully expecting the ride to live up to the look, and was ready to take her home. But then.... OMG
The bike felt and sounded like it was falling apart. Up until I hit 40mph it felt like it would barely stay running, and I was fully expecting parts to randomly start falling off onto the road behind me. It was that bad. It felt like a 76 Pinto with a blown cylinder...
It was also heavy to the left. Each stop, I would put my feet down, and the bike leaned hard to the left. I found out later it was due to the weight of the wide primary on the left side of the bike. It was totally imbalanced.
I suppose I've been taking the Hammer's smoothness for granted. I had no idea how UNsmooth a bike could really be. Now bear in mind that this bike used was $19,000, and when it was new it was $30,000!!! Drop $30k on a bike that feels like it's ready to break down? No thanks.
So I talked to a few Harley employees and they said that this is typical of all Harleys except for the Softail and V-Rod due to the rubber mounted engine. The Softail is the only Harley V-Twin that is counterbalanced, and any Dyna model I'm interested in would feel and act the same.
Sorry, I just don't get it. I'll be sticking with Victory....