I have a 1994 Suzuki Intruder VS 800. SHaft drive. I love it. I actually wnt in to pick up a sportbike but it had sold. Mine was a 94 but only had like 1300 miles on it even being like 12 years old so got a deal at like $2300 ben riding it ever since.
I can't stand Japanese shit, but I have 3 Triumphs. 2 73 140s and a 74 T160V Trident.
Harley does have that certain magical "something" which most manufacturers seek to emulate...the X-factor, to borrow a phrase from Mr. Cowell. And a darned great history. But, to summarily call the Japanese offerings shit is to do a disservice to some *very* good machines.
Hmm....well funny I have friends who all own Harleys, and they are always in the shop with something gone wrong. One guy I know finally sold his harley and went honda shadow,, he's never had a complaint sense, and this guy was a harley rider for several years
I owned a Yamaha 650 a long time ago (galaxy far, far away).
I am looking at the Harley Softail Heritage Classic. I asked my wife for one for my birthday and she bought me a Citizen Eco Drive watch (so sad for me). She was an ER nurse and keeps telling me she will not ever buy a motorcycle for someone she loves, so if I ever find a motorcycle in the garage I'll know it's over.
I started riding a 85' Honda Shadow v-twin. Went on to a 09' H-D Nightster, then to a 10' H-D Super Glide, and finally (for now) my 11' H-D Road King. They are all different with different qualities. The Nightster is just fun for spanking around town, the Dyna felt awesomely quick, and the RK is all comfort. And I dig the ABS brakes on it.