Correct a mundo!!! The guy was a DORK! Nobody ever says stuff like that to me....And I always wish they would! Instead they always say it to guys who they think won't Knock'em out of their shoes! The Sportster is one of two motorcycles that H-D makes/made that I recommend to guys that want to go fast and have some decent handling and still ride a Harley. The other one (MY personal favorite) is the FXR! The newer Sportsters are a little less powerful right out of the factory than their earlier brothers were...BUT, Thats easily cureable...A little head work a carb a good two into one pipe and a set of cams and mill the heads to raise the compression and the things will scream. A little tweaking on the suspension and the next thing you know....you've got a pretty competant motorcycle! Then when some eliteist weenie tells you it's a girls bike.....Tell him to bring whatever he thinks he's got that'll beat it to the track! If he brings that heavy bad handling FXSTD with him he won't even get close!