Ride what you want to ride and all that good jazz aside, I really would like to know why the "slow" mentality in modern H-Ds. Let's talk honestly and be civil about this because I'm truly curious. I'm not quite of a speed nut, but I do like a fast motorcycle, and I really think that H-D got something there with the V-Rod and Street Rod series. But I've seen so many "hard core" Harley riders denouncing these bikes as not "real" Harleys. So what is a "real" Harley? Same thing with the Sportster series that seem to get knocked down pretty good by the "hard core" Harley riders. I'm not professing to be an H-D enthusiast but I know enough about motorcycling to remember how H-Ds were pretty hot stuff back in the days and they still acquit themselves quite well on dirt track. And then there's drag racing where the V-Rod is currently doing fabulously. So where did the slow & heavy cruiser mentality come in? Harley has a proud racing heritage, so why are the "real" Harley riders keep harping about if one were to want a fast bike then get something else? Why can't one want a "real" Harley that's also fast and handles decently? H-D riders, please enlighten me.