I bought a new XLCH Sportster in 1973 (Harley). It was a good bike. I've owned all Japanese brands and I liked them all. I currently own a 2008 Nomad and a 2012 250R. I like both bikes. What is a "biker?" I started riding because bikes were cheap, got great gas mileage, and were high performance. It had nothing to do with prestige, status, ego, etc. I don't look at motorcycles as a "sport," but as transportation. I associate modern Harley riders with no helmets, rags on their heads, smokers, tattoo's, big ego's etc. However you can't stereotype. The reality is that Harley riders can all be different. Some are great people, polite, nice, give you the shirt off their backs, very patriotic, etc. Others are jerks....just like some Suzukin, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Ducati, BMW, etc riders. Everyone is different. If those guys treated you with dignity and respect, God bless em!