I'm going to be 64 in 1 month and finally rode a Harley Davidson. Met up this morning with 3 guys from work to go for a morning ride from Massachusetts to Connecticut. So I traded my MT 10 for my bosses bagger for the ride out. This will piss some people off here but I'm gonna say it anyway. What a piece of shit motorcycle. I've always loved the cutting edge aspect of motorcycles and I've always known the supposed flaws of Harleys. I was kind of shocked because it was way worse than I ever guessed. I've seen HD motor vibration before but nothing prepares you for seeing this thing moving around underneath you. It made me wonder how it didn't throw the belt off. Then there are the brakes which are so bad that I made sure I planned stops because they were scary bad. It reminded me of a 70's era bike with worn out overheated drum brakes. Then there's the handling, actually it's hard to call it handing.....it's more like somehow in spite of itself it will go around a corner and turn. The suspension goes up and down but it's mostly just mush that no lends no help to the actual handling. The big squishy seat helps. The motor......ah yes, the legendary HD V twin. I've seen a million of them go by making a crazy amount of noise but moving way to slow slow for that much noise. Kind of a "what's wrong with this picture thing". Well now I've actually experienced it. That a Yamaha 09 motor which is literally half the displacement will piss on a HD six ways to Sunday is incredible. If you've ever driven an overheating car where it's still running but making no horsepower is how I'd best describe it. I keep thinking about those antique tractor motors you see at old time county fairs. Like it's interesting to see history preserved but we've moved past that now. Apparently moving on from the antique HD V twin isn't going to happen until their market totally ages out. Personally I found nothing appealing about that motor. Harley people describe it as a different vibe to ride them. I didn't feel that vibe. It was more like the most un-fun motorcycle ride ever. I also don't get how people get older and decide that they need a less aggressive bike and move to Harley. Even if I wanted a big touring bike I'd buy 20 year old Gold Wing. It's less of a relic than a brand new HD. I think the best thing I can say about HDs are that you can fit a lot of shit in those saddle bags. Unfortunately for me, that's not going to enhance my riding experience. And lastly...... I was glad that we were far enough away from home and I had a full face helmet so that nobody recognized me. They can have HD image and mystique. I felt embarrassed to be seen on a HD. If riding around on a vibrating, obnoxiously loud, slow ill handling machine in a pirate outfit and buying every possible thing you can that's says Harley Davidson on it does it for some people, well ok. To me it added up to a boring un-fun ride. At least I got to ride my Yamaha back home and was able to have some fun.