Hey now, before ya get the torches out consider the fact that he might be correct (even though the HD bashing does get old). IMO his basic concept sounds plausable. It seems that most first time older riders tend to purchase HD products. This is just a gut assesment, I have no studies to back it up. But most first time bikers are probably surrounded by buddies on HD, it would make sense that they get an HD.
I still don't get the HD'istas, and the fetish thing.
Good for the old guy, I hope he gets some training though.
Good for him. He worked hard he deserves it. A 883 Sportster is not a bad bike for a beginner but he should take the MSF course. Perhaps they don't have a MSF class close by. The ear piercing may be too blue state though for Iowa
Being from a blue state (New York), I can tell you about blue states. It depends on where you live in Iowa. In the Des Moines area, things tend to be blue and the state does have a Democrat Governor. The other thing is out here, it seems to me there are a disproportionate number of Harleys compared to what I used to see in NY. Having a Harley here is no big deal.