May 22, 2011
As time goes on, I think the Dyna family will get the most nods. In the meantime, my vote would be for the Softail family. I never owned one, but they offer a lot of alternative looks and have been around longer than the Dynas.
Of course, one offers a rubber mounted isolation system that minimizes vibrations and has rear shocks and can be ridden at speeds thru the twisties without bottoming out. The rubber mount system allowing for longer rides without getting shaken to death.....
On the other hand, (until the 2000 model), You had a (semi-hard tail) with hidden half-azz shocks underneath that only worked well if you came in at less than about 250 pounds. Any heavier than that, and you got left in the lertch if riding with a bunch of others on (non-Softails) and in the mountains.......cause the damn thing dragged azz in the turns and one could NOT KEEP UP.......McG can attest to that cause we`ve been there and done that.....Meantime, the motor is hard mounted to the frame and (prior to 2000) offered up all the engine vibes thru the frame to the rider resulting in fewer comfortable and tolerable miles that could be ridden without some stops for vibration relief.
Add in the chromed up oil tank which surrounds the battery and cooks it with heat...........and you have a very good looking bike that is tougher to ride than any other HD than a Sportster.