I have owned a 12 Road King, 14 Ultra Classic EG, 14 Heritage Softail and two Sportsters. I like the Sportsters the best for all around riding. I like the Road King so I bought a 14 Ultra Classic Electra glide , The Ultra was far too much bike for those who do a lot of around town riding, The Heritage was to damn hot on the thighs and a slug on the road. SO I bought a 12 EFI Sportster and decided to quit riding and buy a roadster.......Then I found another Sporty on CL and now have it. No EFI.....I like that I can adjust the mixture on the fly.
I would ride my 05 Sportster 1200 anywhere. 1200cc is plenty for cross country runs. Hell I rode a Shadow 1100 from San Diego to NJ. After Colorado into Kansas the ride was boring. But not uncomfortable. I would rather ride a Sportster than any 750 Twin long distances. It has more pull than my 1100s had. Its heavy and stable
in cross winds, yet still can out pull a Road King. I have no interest in the Dynas (Unless they were on the FXR frame)
I would not discount a Sportster. I am on my second and there is no other bike I would buy and I bought them all in the last few years. I had issues with all of them except the Sportster. Not mechanical but lets face it a mechanical idiot like me can do a lot on that bike with a Wal Mart took kit and some Torx.
I rode a few Victorys but was afraid of the only dealer. They did not have a dedicated mechanic, Either that or going out of business (they sell used cars) as well as Polaris bikes.
I just never fell in love with the "pointy" styling of them and only one dealer who works on them. Independents don't even work on them much. The Polaris dealer in Wilmington NC dropped the Polaris bike line and stuck with the off road quads, Wilmington is a LOT bigger than Myrtle beach.
Then there is this