Fair enough, to elaborate "charm and character" would be compared against bikes I'm used to riding which are mostly Japanese standards and sporty type rides. HD's have a lot more rumble, not vibration, not noise (the stock exhaust is not loud), I guess shaking is the proper word but never to the point of being too disruptive, the gearboxes are clunkier and I find the brakes to be average. Handling can be quite good on certain models like the Sport Glide. The redline is low but on most of the bikes there is gobs of torque. It's like riding a Moto Guzzi, there is a definite throwback feel about the whole machine but the fit and finish is modern. I guess the charm of it all is that it isn't a typical riding experience for me and that isn't a bad thing buuuuut I wouldn't want it as my daily rider.