If only I knew how to delete a thread LOL!
I was more than a little red in the face.
NEVER delete a thread...Your "dumb" question will help someone, sometime...never a problem, I promise! Plus, the peopel here are cool and I've never seen them criticize or call names.
Seriously, I have been very pleasantly surprised at the low total cost of ownership compared to HD. I think I expect someone to come and take money out of my wallet or something LOL!
I put so much money into my Road King just to get a relatively small performance boost: gear driven cams, new cams, new air handler, head-work, 88->97ci pistons, headers, pipes, race tuner, dyno tuning, ohlins rear shock, intiminator valves and work perf springs in forks, touring seat, custom handlebars, frame stabilizer, etc. For all that ... >800 pound sled with 92 hp 97 tq that handled at best - ok. Still had max 30 degree lean angle, etc.
I am absolutely blown away by the out of the box performance of the Ninja 1000. Replacing the stock seat with a Sargent has been the only upgrade I've really needed so far.
My wife, who still rides an HD Softail Deluxe, is amazed at how hard I've fallen in love with my new bike.