I guess in the end my 2 cents says...ride and enjoy...the wind you share is the same no matter what you ride
I totally agree. I've always said it doesn't matter what you ride, as long as you're riding.
My step-dad's been riding for over 50 years, and has had Harleys for the last 20 or so. Right now he has a Road King, a gorgeous bike. He bought me my first bike for a high school graduation present. What was it? A used, '83 Virago 500. I've been riding that bike since '87 until this year, when my wife and I bought our V-Star 1100 Silverado (obviously I'm hooked on the reliability of Yamaha). When I sent pictures of the bike to my mom and him, they both thought it was absolutely beautiful, and my step-dad, Harley man who I've always admired and respected, said that we made a great choice.
I live in Wisconsin, home of Harley-Davidson, and of course there are plenty of the "faithful" around here. However, from my experience, the "anti-jap" ones are the minority. At work we have a designated employee motorcycle parking area. I've seen, at any one time, our V-Star, 2 crotch rockets, 2 Harleys, and a scooter all parked there. We all work in different departments, from Security, to MIS, to Beverage, to Poker, and everyone has the same thought...you're riding, that's what matters. I even recently had one of the MIS guys, who rides a Harley and was parked next to me, tell me that the two bikes complemented each other parked there.
We all love our rides, that's the bottom line. Japanese, American, Italian, English, etc....they all give us the same feel-good, kid-in-a-candy-store look on our face at the end of the day!
Ride safe, no matter what it is...