With the Slim as the latest Dark Custom, the idea seems to be to bridge the Sportster gap with pared-down, less expensive Big Twins. Harley built plenty of Sportsters when the Economic Downturn was getting started, but sales of less expensive bikes vs. others in the line didn't increase. And as things come back toward normal, people keep buying their beloved Big Twins. In 2011, H-D says it sold about 92,000 touring bikes, about 91,500 customs (non-FL Big Twins) and slightly fewer than 50,000 Sportsters. At $15,499 in Vivid Black, the Slim ties the FXS Blackline in the most-affordable-Softail competition, but things add up in a hurry when you add our bike's Red Sunglo paint, Security package and California emissions equipment. Suddenly we're at $17,279 (subtract $200 for 49-staters)…and I personally feel it's still missing one key piece of iconic equipment which would really help me harken: The original Softail came with a kickstarter. How cool would that be?