First I don't like harleys....
No wait let me take that back. What I really don't like are the mindless herd that follows the image and costuming that surrounds the brand.
That said the late model bikes are good for what they are.
Yes they don't handle as well as sportbike. That has as much to do with them not being a sportbike as it does with them being a Harley.
They hold their oil in for the most part.
and now with the economy the price of these bikes is getting closer to the worth of these bikes.
Oh and to the OP
Look for a FI bike they run a lot better then the carbed bikes
On vacation for a spell