First, it is not HD that makes the bikes so loud, it is the owners. Kind of like those annoying 4 cylinder cars with loud mufflers the kids like. Many of them Hondas by the way:mrgreen: Second, as a HD owner, I hope they aren't bought by Honda. I just don't think the corporations mesh very well. HD is all about nostalgia and form. Honda is much more function and technology oriented. I don't think the HD crowd would welcome Honda ownership very happily. I also don't think a Ducati merger would be good. They have too much similarity to Buell in many ways I think. Personally, I like it just the way it is. And I know this won't be particularly popular here, but I do see a definite fit and finish advantage to HD over most other motorcycle. If you are looking at cruisers, HD is just head and shoulders the quality leader. Of course you pay for that quality.
OK, I'm going back to sleep now.