So this year in Florida, I hired a Sportster fir the day and it was pretty good. I've rather come to the conclusion that for someone like myself, old enough to remember new shovel heads and old panheads as daily riders, that the modern 74ci Sportster is actually nearer to those bikes than the modern Twin Cam monsters.
I never much liked the tooth-loosening vibration, wonky handling and dubious reliability of the iron heads, I had British bikes for that.
Now I'm getting to where I could have had a shovel as my semi-retirement toy, I've settled on 45s instead.... And I think if I was walking into a Harley dealer now for a new bike, I'd be looking at the Sporties, with a decent size tank, comfy seat and panniers. What do others think?