It's considerably more bike than a Sportster or arguably the cheaper Softails. Remember this appears to be an apex model of the new Sportster line and additional (cheaper and possibly lower displacement) models are on the way. I love the old Sportster and might still buy another. But I'll not get all defensive about it considering what this has to offer. Oh the Scout was Indian's shot across the Sportster bow, this is an excellent see you and raise you reply.