Why do some riders on this site keep bagging Harleys? I often see these posts and am bewildered as to why, I know I am riding the bike that I have always wanted, I couldn’t be happier in fact. So I don’t feel insecure about what I ride, nor do I need to rubbish other bike brands to make myself feel good. However I do feel the need for some of you Tupperware riders to be given a reality check. I wonder why so many Tupperware riders keep changing bikes & brands so often, how can they be satisfied? Is it that they just cannot find the right bike or that the novelty wears off and a zillion new Tupperware models have been released and you must take that massive financial bath and trade up. Im sure that’s not a good feeling. Harleys are celebrated on their own merits all over the world, in user groups, clubs, rides, and even literature. The bikes are an icon and an institution. A whole industry has grown up around Harley, including clothing, aftermarket parts, and customization. Even with so many Harley’s on the road it’s hard to find two that are alike as their owners do so much personal customization, with the off the shelf parts readily available. H.O.G. the Harley Owners Group has over 900,000 members around the globe. Sure the Tupperware bikes go fast, they stop fast, & they turn hard. But do you guys do more mileage on public roads or racetracks? I see plenty of you getting off your bike after a substantial ride and your bodies resemble old men crippled with arthritis from that most unnatural riding position. Here's the simple truth. Because of demand Harley-Davidson has been around for over 100 years and will be here for 100 more. They will still be making Harleys when those Japanese brands are gone and forgotten. It wont be long before you'll all be riding Chinese and Korean bikes in a few years anyway, and the Japanese will be history. Kawasaki hasn't made profit for years, and they and Suzuki are almost the same company now, so they aren't doing as well as you would like to believe. And in reality, any honest dealer will tell you they stay in business on dirt-bike & ATV sales, they haven't made enough on sports bikes to make a decent profit since the '70s. They aren't really motorcycle companies any more; they are really just car/four-wheeler/lawnmower/generator/piano companies that happen to make motorcycles on the side. Someday they'll get tired of selling sport bikes at a loss, and that will be it. These other motorcycle manufacturers have also tried to compete with Harley-Davidson in the heavyweight V-Twin cruiser segment; none have been able to match Harley-Davidson in terms of customer loyalty and sales. Some of you guys crap on about reliability when it comes to Harley-Davidson, well the facts are that the product has served in two world wars, and a number of lesser conflicts, as well as being in current service for over 2500 police departments in over 40 countries in the world. Harley-Davidson has stayed in production for a long time. Parts are easy to source & abundant. Problems that surfaced early on got solved by somebody, and become standard practice. Harleys are such easy bikes to own. My biggest problem with Jap bikes is that due to the large number of models, support for particular models with high mileage are not worth the cost of repair. A friend had a GPZ 750. It needed a valve job, rear shock, fork springs, it made more financial sense to buy another, newer used bike. Not so with Harleys, their resale values are unmatched by other manufacturers. All sorts of people buy Harley-Davidson, from suburban mums to outlaw filth, it’s a big cross section of society that rides Harleys, go ahead and rubbish Harley-Davidson, it is only you that will be perceived as ignorant, as I will still be enjoying my ride.