Originally Posted by spicoli512
Harley's are beautiful machines. Now I love my Vegas but looking at that Softail above my post, its like looking at a Picasso and clip art. Just look at that engine.
I may get corrected on this...but my Honda 750 (which retailed for about the same as a 883 - again "RETAIL") had a lot of plastic in places that were metal on a Harley. Turn indicators, front fender, airbox cover, etc. You can say "they don't make them like they used to" about a lot of things but Harley build quality has only improved since the 80s and 90s.
Sure marketing drives a price premium, as does huge overhead at retail locations but there are elements of build cost and quality of materials that keeps the Harley price tag out of some peoples reach.
Now I chose a Victory over a Harley because I was sold on the power plant and perceived lower cost of ownership (i.e. dealer maintenance costs). I certainly wouldn't be ashamed to ride an HD especially the one pictured above.
That is one nice Vegas man, I'd take a Victory over an HD any day, love the Victory line.