This may be sound like a borken rekord or something, but I'd love to here from any of Y'all that either have or have had a Yamaha Roadstar 1600/1700, or a Harley of almost any kind. Or had both, or very similar bikes [V-Star, Radiar, Yamaha V- Twins Cruisers]. So I'm saving for a bike by the end of this summer, probably Aughust or so. I don't really know my exact budget. But I reckon it'll be at the least $5K, and possibly, if I get enough work, as high somewhere between $10K and $20K. Not a good estimate, but money ain't quite the only detemination, but a big factor. That aside. I love Harleys, there great bikes. My dad has one, I've put a few miles on it its an 07 Softail Deluxe, and I'm sold on this type of bike. I have a 85 Shadow 700, and even a 150 Scooter. Have ridden his Gixxer 1000, cool bike, too fast and not my style. So, it'll be a bigger Inch V-Twin Cruiser for sure. I was pretty sold on a Harley. But then I found more about the Roadstar, and see them all the time on CL as cheap as $3800, and up to $6K, clean titles, pretty low milage likes usually 20s-30sK, clean and beutiful. My uncle also has 2, and I'll tell Y'all, they sound BADASS! IMHO, they honestly do sound just a little better than most Harleys, they have a deeper, lower, more uneven sound to them. They sound SOOO good, its really like music to my ears, a Roadstar with a Dragpipe! Wow, for a Jap bike, holy shit! There beutuful also. A Big Black and Chrome Roadstar Silverado. What a bike! Harleys look great too. But the thing is. I've never ridden a Roadstar. I understand there Softail, which I like, not quite the same as H-D design but good as far as I know, probably modeled after my top H-D choice Heritage Softail Classic. Performance, I could care less. Torques a plus, they both got good torque. Comfort is a big thing. Now, if I went H-D, my Choice would be a Heritage, but my budget would likely put me on a Sportster. With the Roadstar, you get more bike for your money. With the Harley, you basically pay thousands of Dollars for it to say Harley-Davidson on the tank. So, how to they compare? I's re searchin em. I know the ultimate decision is up to me. BUt I'd like o here some first hand exerence with them. Can you H-D lovers live without tha badge? Thanks in advance.