65 years old, started riding at 15, owned close to 50 motorcycles during that time, of almost every make and purpose. Did the sport bike thing, sport touring thing, did the cruiser thing on Jap cruisers, standards, dual sports, and all out dirt machines. But never owned a Harley. Why? Who knows, just no interest in black leather, dew rags, chains on my wallet, oil spots in the garage, and the fear that parts were going to vibrate off the bike, among other reasons associated to the Pirate lifestyle. Well at 64 I actually convinced myself to take the leap and buy a Harley Street Glide. Figured what the hell why not. No, I did not lay out the big bucks for a new HD. No $40k+ CVO, no huge debt to figure out whether I would like a Harley. Bought a very nice stock 2014 Street Glide with less than 7k miles on it, stored indoors, and maintained properly. Well after riding the HD this past summer I can say that I now get it. The big V-twin, sturdy built bagger is fun to ride at sedate speeds. Slowing down and enjoying the view is kinda nice. So of course I joined a forum of like minded(?) Harley riders. That's when the shit show began. I thought that members of the AdvRider Forum were a weird and eclectic group. Nope, you guys are alright. In the Harley forum I spend hours sometimes scrolling through posts reading how these "bikers" put huge wagon wheel front rims on (clown bike), air ride rear suspension, then bitch about how the bike handles like shit. I read whining posts about how the stereo systems on these boats sound like shit, and read descriptions of the thousands of dollars "bikers" put into their stereo systems, along with loud pipes, just so they can continue to bitch about how they can't hear their stereo over their pipes. Tons of stories about putting big cam kits into the bike followed by complaints of engine reliability. Circus lights that make the bike glow as it goes down the street, and on and on. Oh, and the search for the perfect whip to hang from the front brake level in case they get accosted while riding down the street with their loud pipes and blaring stereos. I have been reminded why I never went to a Harley in all these years, and realize that it had nothing to do with the bike at all. But..........I do love my Street Glide and will continue to own it. Mine has a stereo but I could care less. In fact I have never even turned it on and have no interest. The wife loves the Harley because she no longer has to try to climb onto the back of my KTM 1290 Super Adventure (5' tall with short legs that are getting old), and her ass is more comfortable on the HD than the bench on the KTM. In fact she says "don't change anything on the Harley, I love it just the way it is.." So, the KTM Super Adventure is mine, the Harley Street Glide is hers, and I am her chauffeur when she wants to go ride with me. That's fine with me. But don't call me a "biker", I am a rider, and could give a f*ck about the HD black leather, dew rag image. And if you want to listen to a stereo while riding take the truck. Okay, my rant/ramble is over. Carry on.