Main Motorcycle: 2010 Thunderbird 1600
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NC and FL, USA
Other Motorcycle: 2002 Suzuki Volusia
From my perspective, of course one should consider a Harley in the mix, the point is if originality and uniqueness is one of the factors considered, then a Harley comes up short in that category.
Value is another category where in my oppinion it's tough for Harley's to compete.
So we're down to quality and performance; if you determine the Thunderbird to be competive or superior in either of those, it wins the comparison.
In my oppinion the performance of the stock TB is superior to a stock comparable HD. I'll call the quality issue a draw, so the Thunderbird wins. By the way, when it comes to quality, I think the fact that the Thunderbird is an entirely new concept and has been in production for less than five years is a factor to be considered. I hold a product that has been in commercial production for many years to a higher standard. BTW, that should also be a factor in price which contributes to value.
Again, this is my perspective only; they're all good rides and worthy of a friendly wave!
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt