Dec 2009 - I got my first Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A 2009 Nightster. Love the performance, the looks, and definitely more bike than I need.
Dec 2010 - I no longer have the Nightster. I sold it in June and got a 2010 Street Glide. I never thought that I would be into big touring bikes because I have always liked the look of Sportbikes. I originally wanted a Yamaha or Ducati but after experiencing a Harley-Davidson, there was no turning back. The next move was to upgrade -- and boy, did I make a major upgrade! I went from HD's Sportster line to their Touring series.
2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide in flat black. This bike has a 1500cc engine, maneuvers like a sportbike, and has an aggressive Harley-Davidson look. It is the long distance cruiser that meets my objectives. For 2010, HD changed the exhaust to a 2-into-1. I did not like it at first and was kind of bummed when they changed the exhaust back to 2-2 for 2011. But now, I actually like the 2-into-1 exhaust -- better performance (a bit) and I imagine a little lighter since there is less hardware.
Touring bikes are designed to be ridden for long distances. It has a big petrol tank and enough storage space for my gear. You sit in a comfortable position, you don't feel beat up after riding it for hours, and you can easily take a passenger with you. It is practical and the way I see it -- designed to be ridden in the real world. I now see why the police motor squad uses HD touring bikes for their mission.