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The Verdict

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We'll stick with white. After much deliberation and a few miles the decision has been made to keep the Sportster. That's a good thing, too, since most of my favorite photographs contain that machine and her rider. Turns out, I'm more sentimental about it than she is. So she says.

And while Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha have in earnest emulated the Sporty with arguably more dependable and more comfortable offerings, as the song goes, "Ain't nothin' like the real thing, Baby." I like that it's an original, the bike that saved Harley-Davidson.

The problem is I don't like Harley-Davidson. Their "Screw It, Let's Ride" campaign bespeaks an attitude seemingly inherent to anyone who throws a leg over one. More recently there's an undertone in their marketing that's bothersome; "It's a free country, but have you felt like that lately?"

Reminds me of a couple of bumper stickers (dozens actually) floating around town. One sa…