Twelve months ago, I took the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLD Switchback for a long-term test, and what a year it has been. I accepted the Switchback assignment because even though I'm a sportbike guy at heart, I was curious about cruiser life. As I said before, there are so many cruisers (Harleys and others) on the road that there must be something to it. And there is, but I was surprised to learn that it was more about the culture than the machines. A short trip to Los Olivos, California, last summer proved to be a fantastic experience. This weekend journey, made simple by strapping a bag on the luggage rack and inviting the wife onto the back, has earned a spot on my top-five list of fun road trips. It was then I realized why I see so many couples on these machines. Usually riding bikes is a solitary thing. Taking the wife along made the trip so much more enjoyable. I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have been as happy on the back of a sportbike.