It's a special kinship only those who belong will understand. Kind of like a Corvette club or Mustang owner. Honda, Yamaha, and the rest of the brands are just motorcycles two wheels and a motor, they don't have the diehard brand loyalty or pride in ownership to form such a cohesive and proud owners group who will buy millions of dollars of trinkets or toilet paper emblazoned with the Honda red Wing.
I agree, but that's not an excuse to treat others like s**t. Lets face it. Not all, but a lot of Harley riders think just because they ride a Harley, they are above, better, and beyond all others (disproportional ego inflation). AND, THIS IS NOT MY OPINION, IT'S MY EXPERIENCE! Then, they wonder why all the stigma. They can be a maverick, or special all they want, but don't discriminate against others. It's wrong and it's harmful.
If that is required of me to own one, then count me out.