Excellent point. That said, should ever a pre 512TR find it's way into my garage, I doubt I would spend much time picking over its faults. I'd probably spend the first couple of hours just staring at it, sitting in it, breathing it in, before I'd even consider taking it for a spin. Then I'd probably put on my clown makeup and head straight for Starbucks. Or wherever there are hot women that probably don't know any better.
Indian Larry. Gasoline Alley. I saw a great interview of Indian Larry on Speed Channel, and he had some very interesting ideas regarding the design and function of his motorcycles and engines. He himself is a big fan of hard riding and carving, so he builds, all oxymoron aside, performance cruisers that can handle the twisties.
I'm pushing for a review. Ebass let's make it happen. Sure, Sean holds the reigns, but I'm sure he's not opposed to a cruiser if it actually performs. Sean liked the Sportster, so I'm confident he'd actually like the Indian Larry if given the opportunity to ride one.
Art and performance need not be mutually exclusive. Of course, I doubt I'd ever pay 30 large for an ill-mannered, poor performing machine, regardless of how beautiful it looked. Then again, I would never pay $250,000 for a Ferrari either, even if it were the most spectacular performance automobile on the planet. But that's just my value system.
There is no place for bike snobbery. Each to his own. We're all brothers on two wheels, regardless of what we ride. I'm no cruiser guy, but if that's what floats your boat, more power to you. I'll give you a waive and a smile all the same. Even if you are nothing more than a poser.
Heck, to some extent, we are all posers. If we weren't we'd probably just leave the bikes to track riding. I doubt that there is a single one of us here who doesn't believe that they get a few extra cool points for being a motorcyclist.