Yup, "Bones" has got it right,
buy a Harley and you instantly belong to the "biggest" bike club in the world.
I think most people are influenced by what they see
and we all know there are a lot more Harleys out there than anything else,
also motorcycles (like women) are usually desired from an emotional perspective,
like oooh doesn't that look good or man wouldn't that be nice.
Ownership especially after you can see through the chrome (or make up)
takes on another "tone" that's why there are so many for sale (Harley's that is)
There was a time when I would not even look at anything that wasn't HD,
it just wasn't a motorcycle.
When I started riding a BMW my Harley "buddies" looked at me like I had gone "queer"
and treated me accordingly, none of them wanted to go for a ride with me, I wasn't "cool" enough.
They are content to "ride" a couple thousand miles a year as long as it is to the right places
and events where they can be seen and be close to their likeminded "brothers"
who are (in their opinion) the only "true" bikers
and all of them "other" bikes are for sissies.
I can't speak for all of them nor all of us,
But personally I dream of some deserted desert highway or mountain pass
rather than next Saturday night at the local "bike night" event.