At this side of the pond Harleys are extremely expensive, THE "image thing", and the first thing owners usually do, is to install the loudest exhaust available.
During previous visits to the US I was quite surprized to see how "cheap" (and quite in general) Harleys really are - compared to Harley prices (and noise levels) in South Africa.
I must admit, I do like the sound of a Harley engine, and would not mind owning a Harley myself. Having said that, I once went for a ride on a Harley, and my hips suddenly started cramping badly after only about 400 meter on the saddle. Maybe it was just co- insidence, or maybe the cruiser riding possition is not suitable for my body.