HOP from my post it is clear this is anecdotal proof at best. it is from having known owners personally and in general discussions with strangers, how a lot of riders view the sportster. i just looked at their 2021 sales numbers and it is pretty clear that as an income class they are looking for that new entry, the pan america, to pick up the slack. to the poster below. lol. if it isn't seen as a woman's bike then why are you quoting from an article in Woman Riders Now. also, always view those puff pieces with suspicion, you don't know who is behind them. touring and cruisers are where harley makes their money (unfortunately it is pretty much in the US these days) the new entry, the pan america, is sales and marketing hoping to snare a piece of that market. they better put out a good bike because competition in that area is going to be tough. 17k entry puts a lot of other bikes of the same breed within range. have you every watched a Vlog on youtube by a woman who goes by Itchy Boots? she is dutch, Noraly is her real name. started following her in peru, currently she's in BC. she's on a 300cc honda trail bike. tons of gear, almost all the riding off road. not making a comparison but if you watched the videos you'd see what performance under stress is. sorry to offend, i have no dog in this fight, hope this is readable i punched it out pretty quick. good luck.You're entitled to not like the bike, but arguing the Sportster should have been cut out of the lineup because a few ignorant riders liked to tease others about it not being macho enough is ludicrous. The Sportster had the longest run of ANY production motorcycle (introduced in '57) was an excellent seller for Harley for both male and female riders. The Sportster XR750 dominated flat-track racing for years, easily becoming the winningest motorcycle in AMA professional racing history. The point being, it If the Sportster was a bad choice, it begs the question of why Harley kept building them for over SIXTY years, and why they were/are copied so much by the metric bike makers (e.g. Honda Shadow, Yamaha Bolt) ?
Like the Sportster or not, its earned the respect of thousands of motorcyclists for decades, so saying it should have been cut "a long time ago" isn't justified by any reasoning.
PS. that piece is from may/2015. dated.