Originally Posted by ButchA
Wow... This is turning into a real barn burner of a thread!
I like Harley, always have. But, I just don't like their prices. Yeah, okay, they are legendary and all that. They all have that famous Harley vibe and image and whatnot.
BUT... In all honesty, there are so many other varieties of V-twins that are quite capable of blowing HD right off the road, in both performance and price.
The two cruisers/tourers that I have really looked at close are:
Which one would be very comfortable riding 2-up, get the best gas mileage, and has the best performance and best "bang for the buck"???
IMHO... The Kawi Vulcan Nomad would smoke the HD Heritage Softail Classic right off the road.
Hands down, the Harley.
You forgot to mention that the Harley has 6 gears and a 103ci engine.
And as far as blowing Harleys off the road, I was recently in the Hill Country with a fellow rider who has a Vulcan (not the Nomad). We were talking one evening that he assumed my Low Rider (96ci) would blow his Vulcan away. I told that this wasn't the case. From 0-60 he would eat my lunch but from 60 to 90 he would have trouble keeping up with me because this is where Harley's shine. He admitted that he didn't have much torque after 75mph which I have plenty of at this speed plus one more gear.
So, who has the better bang for the buck?