I am a new rider & picked a 2016 Hammer S to start with. Based on simplicity & reliability, it kinda looked like the lightest and best equipped ride for engines above the 1200 cc range (I like the muscle car styling & do not want bags and fairings). I walked into a HD shop and was aggressively pushed towards the $30k - $35k range of bikes; I have no need or budget for that.
Without any experience, I swapped in the 1.5" lowering links and tuned the shock for my height & weight. Quite fun to learn & build confidence with, and finding help online has been fantastic. Needing some highway bars & fresh wheels next.
I appreciate finding this forum!