So the Japanese try to make their all look like Harleys so that guys who can't afford a Harley can at least look like they're on one ... because even worse than not riding a Harley, a REAL man's bike, would be ridin' one'a them there Ninjabikes like a girl might ride.
And of course they're getting heavier. If you don't have 1800ccs, and talk all day about installing billet and new ECU maps, then you're just a wimp. Don't you know that the heavier a bike it, the better it "holds the road"? (and of course sometimes you gotta "lay 'er down" if you can't stop just using the rear brake, 'cause that front brake will throw you over the handlebars; it's just for holding the bike at stops.)
It's why I don't have Harleys any more after enjoying 3 of them ... the company I end up keeping makes me despair for humanity ....