I love the fact that not everyone likes the blacked out look. Why? Because I hate pulling up to a stop light next to a guy with the same bike! That's part of what lured me toward Triumph in the first place. But I have to admit, before I bought the Storm, I took every Victory model (and a few other brands) for a demo ride. I bought the Storm because it's riding position, handling and power band fit my riding style perfectly. What really sold me though... the quality of the bike felt head and shoulders above any other bike I've ever ridden. The topper was that matte black finish! Don't get me wrong, I love the looks of a nicely done, chromed out cruiser too. I think the world needs variety though.