Did you consider the road king as well? I have ridden several Harley's and if I were in the market, the soft-tail deluxe was my favorite. To be fair, I have not ridden a touring chassis since they updated it in (07?) and preferred the handling of the soft tail. That being said, my favorite cruiser to ride is the Rocket III from Triumph, it's HUGE, but once you are at speed, its about the most flick-able thing with floorboards.