24. 1981 SPORTSTER (EMBARRASSING)
The rumors are true and most cruisers are a lot slower than the alternatives, but that doesn’t typically make them bad bikes. Well, if that was the only thing eating the 1981 Sportster, then we probably wouldn’t have much to complain about. However, the 81 model was so top-heavy that it was very challenging to turn. Long corners were a special struggle and riders detested the handling. Not only was this bike downright dangerous, particularly for small riders who had more difficulty handling the disproportionate weight, but it was also extremely boring because it also had to be driven at slower speeds. And even driving slow had its drawbacks; the forks hindered the rider’s movability.
23. STREET 500 (EMBARRASSING)
For many beginner riders who have always dreamed of owning their very own Harley Davidson, the Street 500 may seem like the answer. After decades of offering bigger bikes that were better suited for the experienced riders, Harley finally introduces a smaller displacement cruiser that can appeal to a younger crowd. Unfortunately, this attempt at catering to a new generation has been completely botched by the terrible quality of the Street 500.
However, since it is a new addition to the Harley family, it has a few kinks that have yet to be worked out, some of which are electrical while others involve the bike just breaking down. Many owners complain about the brakes and the ergonomics of the bike. The fact of the matter is that the Street 500 is completely overpriced for what you’re getting, especially since there is a vast selection of competitor cruisers with similar engine displacements that will outlive the Street 500.