Same thing with the R boxer engines, people love them the way they are, yes improve whatever can be improved, but do not touch the basic design including the air/oil cooling. Remember my words, if Germans come up with liquid cooling and shim under bucket and other "major improvements" lots of people will start screaming and thing will go back to "normal". Tradition, tradition...
Can't we like both? I really like the steel bikes but own a plastic one. When the new one comes out, I'll be likely to buy it and if I have the cash, I'll buy a steel bike, too.
(And yeah. I'm a HD fan, too. And I have no interest in a V-Rod but mostly because that riding position was designed by an idiot.)