Before you run a forefinger down the above list of speculations and pick the one you like best, here’s a cautionary question: Why is the V-Rod, a model whose engine was designed by Porsche to include up-to-date practice in every area, not included in the 2018 model lineup? Having a look around, we find that US dealers didn’t know what to do with V-Rod, and that most Harley customers, while perhaps enjoying V-Rod’s strong performance, decided it wasn’t a “real” Harley. Another factor is that performance cruisers, in general, have always been been slow sellers in North America. However, the V-Rod is said to have done well in foreign markets—notably South America—and is said to have sold more than 100,000 units. It’s clearly a good motorcycle, but in Harley’s market that is not enough.