This^^^^^^^^^For the mature motorcycle rider you would think reliability and comfort would always top the list.
With that in mind I have always wondered why the OEM would not put their best foot forward and offer the very best seat they could?
I know after market seats can be high $, but to the OEM they could mass produce and bring the cost down, and give their product a much better first time perception.
To the buyer that first 10 seconds in the saddle sets the tone. You may not decide its the one for you, but it may very well tell you it is NOT the one for you.
That may very well be a good poll, I am not faulting its result. But for a poll like that to be most productive you need to take it after one or two years of ownership. The minute you walk off the sales floor with your new purchase, you better love it. :biggrin:
This is why one manufacture can never be the do all end all for everyone.Like a few said, the older we get the more important it is. I bought my last bike specifically for comfort on longer rides, and had I not wanted more comfort I would not have been buying another bike. So I guess comfort was very important to me.
I chose a Roadking because I always thought they were stylish and good looking bikes, and I like the rock-solid reliability of Harley's.
There is nothing space age looking on my Kingpin. Victory makes more models than the Vision.I'm in agreement about the "look" of the Victory, to the extent that I want to see them tone done the space age appearance and give it a more classic cruiser style. The "arrow" aspect of the body, turns me off. I get the aerodynamic logic and that they are intentionally creating what they would call uniqueness, but it (imho) is limiting their Sales.
This is why one manufacture can never be the do all end all for everyone.
Last fall we where looking for a bike, I thought for sure I wanted a RK.
I really love the style and I have had good luck with my 883 over the years.
Right up till I set on one. (We where looking at an 05)
I just didn't like the seating position, it made me feel like I was just too far forward. For lots of folks this is the gold standard, and I don't fault them for their option.
Comfort can be so subjective. You got height/weight different body proportions, then preconceptions of what you like.
Reliability is just a much more quantifiable number.