here are two ways to look at the Harley-Davidson Sportster: as a machine or as a cultural icon. The Harley-Davidson mythos is tied up with various impressions that can be a turnoff to non-Harley riders. There’s a reason many distinguish between “motorcyclists” and “Harley riders.” It’s a shame that there’s such a schism. It seems like Catholics and Protestants have more in common than a lot of Harley riders and everything-else riders. The Harley club is both its greatest asset and its greatest dilemma. Because Harleys are such a part of American culture, they represent many things to the general public. For some riders, the problem is they don’t want to be a part of the Harley club. They may want to ride a Sportster but not have it say anything about them. They’d prefer to be anonymous.