New definition for S.O.S.I subscribe to a similar philosophy with my motorcycle. Sure, the Harleybago isn't going to carve up the corners like a Ducati. It will never have the off-the-line HOLY COW factor of a Hayabusa. In terms of sheer mileage, it's unlikely to touch a Goldwing. But what it does have in spades is comfort - I put ~ 400 miles on the Electra Glide in a single day, and at the end of the day was still able to walk. Try that on a CBR 900RR...
A C-130 H was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by. The jet jockey decided to show off. The fighter jock told the 130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb. He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier.
The F-16 pilot asked the 130 pilot what he thought of that?
The 130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!'
The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the 130 pilot came back on and said: 'What did you think of that?'
Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?'
The C-130 pilot chuckled.
'I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, took a leak, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.'
When you are young & foolish - speed & flash may seem a good thing.
When you get older & smarter - comfort & dull is not such a bad thing.
Us older folks understand this one, it's called S.O.S. ~ ~ Slower, Older and Smarter!!
Also, more importantly, it's comfortable for a passenger (and yes, I know the 'Wing is as well). When I got the Harley I had two small children, and hoped that someday they would want to go for rides on the motorcycle. With the large backrest, grab handles, and foot boards, the Electra Glide is an excellent introduction to riding on the back of a motorcycle. Behind Daddy. The only way my little girl will ever ride on the back of a motorcycle.
At least while there is breath in this body and guns in the armory... :)
That is all.