I had a Sporty for 5 yrs. I loved that bike and still have a soft spot for the model, all it's quirks included. Since I got my V-Rod, my new FAVORITE of the Harley line, my old Sporty, which ate the big twins for breakfast, suddenly feels obsolete in hindsight. With the VRSC, I took a step up the food chain because the VRSC would chomp the Sporty in race! I still got my sights set on my birthday bike...1972 XL for a custom weekend garage project. I never quit liking the traditional twins or the classics. Just the VRSC offers all I want in a ride and then some. Looks, performance, and reasonably affordable (if you shop around for the new 03 models).
1st Harley (when I finally buy one - maybe soon?) but will be my second motorcycle...'been riding my 81 Honda CX500 since '82. My car hobby (big $ sponge) untill now has prevented me from getting the FatBoy I orginally wanted.