Sure, a lot of folks expected Motorcycle Cruiser to choose Harley’s V-Rod as its Bike of the Year, but what we find appealing about a motorcycle goes way beyond sensationalism. The V-Rod is a design marvel, yes. It recalibrates all current standards for cruiser design and is heartbreakingly beautiful to boot. But you know what? You can’t walk in and buy one. And if you did find one, you’d be likely to pay about $5000 over suggested retail. In some parts of the country you’ll find a waiting list for the VTX, but it’s short in comparison to those for the V-rod. In a lot of towns you can just walk in and buy one. Lack of accessibility and affordability are primary drawbacks in our book. Furthermore, we think that when someone pulls out of a dealership on their new bike, they should be able to ride it straight to Anchorage without looking back. We torture-toured on both the Harley and Honda straight out of the box. Cherney is still crippled from ripping across America on the Harley, while Elvidge did a similar stint on the Honda with nary an ache. Yeah, you can buy a bunch of stuff for the Harley to make it more pleasant, but wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to?