Originally Posted by KMC1
It's just been one inferiority complex fueled, HD bashing thread after another around here lately........
I love the bikes and am in awe of the marketing machine The Motor Company has become. If you don't agree that the general makeup of the current Harley rider population is a little more than obnoxious, I would suggest looking around. If you think that is bias on my part, you should spend time looking for locations for Curve Cowboy Reunion with me. I will assure you that the general consensus of every venue we have talked to is that the 'Harley crowd' tends to be obnoxious and destructive. Several only considered our group because we weren't that crowd. While most locations enjoy the economic impact of any large group, many don't relish the idea of hundreds of of Harley riders swarming into their towns. For some venues this obnoxious and destructive behavior is only a perception, but for many it is a historic fact. While it is terribly unfair to generalize and many of my riding buddies on Harleys are considerate and fine people, even they lament the fact that the bulk of current Harley riders seem self obsessed and obsessed with noise and speed.
While I also cringe at the brand bashing that goes on around here, I assure you that neither the OP of this thread nor I besmirch the brand, just the large number of infantile people that choose to ride them.
I can also assure you that I do not have any sort of inferiority complex, I am generally pretty secure. I don't feel superior to anyone because of the brand they ride, but I certainly feel superior to those who are genetically incapable of being considerate to other motorists, citizens or genders.
I welcome debate on this subject, because I would very much like to find out where I am wrong. It would benefit me greatly to be able to successfully argue to any future home of a motorcycle gathering the errors of their preconceived notions. For now my only option is to assure them that we are not a 'Harley group'. While it may be only a small portion of the crowd that causes the problems, the larger portion doesn't seem to get together to put a lid on it.
Oh, and if you got 6000 BMW riders together, you would see some asses there as well.