I posted the following on the HDforums. True story, no BS. This was last Friday. I still love my Fury.
"I grew up in Milwaukee about a mile away from 35th and Juneau. Harley Davidsons have always been a common site. I've been watching the bikes, the company and the employees for years. Where I grew up three guys on my block worked at Harley for as long as I can remember. I played with their kids.
When I turned 16 I couldn't afford a Harley and couldn't fix up an old one so I bought a different bike. I think I always felt jealous of the guys who rode Harley's after that. I've been riding for 35 years and have never even rode a Harley.
I was on the Milwaukee Fire Dept and was stationed at the "first in" firehouse for Harley's historic factory on 35th street in Milwaukee. We would tour the factory for fire inspections and become familiar with the complex. (You know all those bikes in their museum? I saw all of them 15 years ago lined up in the attic) Still rode, still no Harley.
I recently purchased another new bike. For some reason I keep talking myself out of a Harley. I'm a bit of a loner and a contrarian and it seemed all guys my age were buying one. So I bought a Honda. I love it but as it turns out it wasn't suited for 2 up riding. So my first thought was another Honda more suited for two up.
The day I set out to purchase my new bike I read that Harley Davidson laid off a thousand people. 500 in Milwaukee. The town I was born, raised and protected with my life. That includes the Harley plant and it's workers. I could not buy a Honda on that day. I just couldn't do it.
The next day I purchased a brand spanking new 2009 FLSTC from Harley Davidson, Racine WI. My first Harley Davidson. I am a proud owner. I finally made that leap, joined the club.
I don't have to tell you what I think of it so far. As I've heard my entire life from Harley guys, "If I have to explain it, you won't understand" has turned out to be true.
P.S. I surprised my wife with it and she said "I always knew you wanted one". She knows me better than I know myself."