It has been a long time since I last owned a bike and I bought a V-Star 650 late last fall. Today, I went and visited a few bike distributors in my area to look at what the new bikes looked like and to look for any accessories for my bike. The three places I visited (Yamaha and Suzuki), (Honda), (Kawasaki and Aprilla)....all surprised me. I don't know if this is a regional thing but the only "cruisers" I saw for sale was one Honda Fury and one Vulcan 650. Sport touring bikes were everywhere. The 3 distributors also told me that the most popular type of bike was the sport/touring bikes. Well that's no surprise since there were no cruisers on display. I did not visit the Harley dealer....it's not nearby and Harleys don't interest me. However, during the summer, most of the bikes seem to be cruisers. How many of them are Harleys....difficult for a newbie to recognize a brand. On the largest regional forum, most of the bikes seem to be Harleys. Bikes are expensive in my region. The people seem to be brainwashed by Harley. The Vulcan 650 had a sale price around 9,000 dollars. Sport touring bikes are of no interest to me. They are too high off the ground for my 28 inch legs and there is only one riding position....sitting on my nuts and no place to haul stuff except on my back. In my opinion, sport/touring bikes are only disguised racers and they are not made for cruising, travelling and admiring the scenes with baggage. How can you do any sightseeing if you are crouched over a gas tank? It's a position for those with no testicles who want the trip to be over as soon as possible. During the 70's, cruisers were rare so most people added ape hangers so they could ride in a more upright position.