Consumer Reports' negative opinion of harley, poor quality and reliability
CONSUMER REPORTS - Motorcycles offer an exhilarating riding experience and can deliver impressive fuel savings.
If you're thinking about getting one, Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed more than 4,000 motorcycle owners to find some of the most reliable ones. It turns out Harley-Davidson and BMW were more repair-prone than Japanese brands Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Honda. - April 7 2013
Cant argue with facts. A new harley is very loud and does not sound to be running right as you push off the showroom floor. #$%$ bikes are quiet and make the rider seem much more intelligent than the loud biker. Chicks pick intelligence and wealth guys over the loud stupid and broke guys. True or not, that's the impression your noisy bike is telling everyone about you.
Harley Davidson motorcycles, just like certain autos, require the owner to provide proper maintainence to be reliable. I will say that you can neglect a Japanese bike and it will continue to run longer than a Harley before it breaks down, but my friends that ride Harley do their maintainence, and have little issues.