I am by no means a cruiser guy, but there are lots places where a Harley would make WAY more sense than a Ducati. The U.S has plenty of places like that, Canada too. A number of my instructor friends ride Harleys that seem to go, turn and stop just fine. They would probably have your new Ducati friend scratching his head, looking at his bike trying to figure out which one of spark plug wires just came off. I have found veery, very few people who spout off about how superior a bike or brand is, can actually back it up when the rubber hits the road.