Dallas is just as congested as Seattle. I actually thought the Harley would be terrible for commuting here as well ( I can definitely respect and appreciate you thinking that, because I did as well) , but was surprised to find it is so good. This was the reason I was able to sell my Ducati Monster. I had hung on to the Ducati thinking that the Harley would just be for trips, but found I was just never riding the Ducati anymore. No chain to lube, no valves to adjust, the bike has a low center of gravity, so it is actually really good in heavy traffic. has a gas gauge (funny how just following mileage become a bit problematic when you are running and sitting in heavy traffic for long enough periods of time), Its low speed maneuverability is better. It is kind of what the Police use it for. I did not really intend to stop riding the Ducati, but I would walk out to the bike and realize I needed my laptop or gym clothes and would need to go get the backpack to ride the Ducati, or it was time for some maintenance on the Ducati , or it was cold outside and the windshield and lowers seemed nice. And it hit me, I am just not riding the ducati anymore hardly at all. I would almost say it is the "out of city" riding that the Ducati was better at (and Of course, the Ducati would be better for track days) Of course the Harley is better at carrying my stuff to get out of the city, if I go camping with the wife or like the trip I did up to the mountain roads in Arkansas. The Ducati would have definitely been better in the mountain roads a few weeks ago, but the Harley was still really fun, and comfortably carried 6 days of luggage (and a passenger for part of it - at the same time). I miss the Ducati sometimes, but definitely don't miss it over all the freeway expansion joints here. I don't miss wearing a backpack when it is 90+ here and a backpack blocks all the flow on my summer jacket. I don't miss the maintenance. If I can ever get the CDI to fix this Suzuki (the parts availability is about t make me crazy on this bike) I will have a light bike again. I spent little enough on it, that I wont feel as bad about it sitting most of the year. The new toy I got for the Harley - I found a used Heated seat for 75 bikes on Offer up. Only got down to the 40's yesterday, but I have to say, this may be my favorite thing about the Harley so far - at least during the winter commute. OK, I really have become an old man.