redbull ~ I have a 2000 TC88; dynoing in at about 80hp/ftlbs. It is a good running cruiser but sucks in maneuverability; I'm very happy with reliability ~ and the total cost, out the door in California, was $15k and it is probably worth $14k 3 years later with 45k miles on it; yes I ride a lot, I live in California. I also do several 1,000 mile, one way, trips throughout the summer and then a long trip, 4,000 miles. I like to stretch out, crack open the throttle and stop only for gas every 90 minutes, or 140 miles, whichever comes first.
TaiwanJohn ~ upgraded exhaust, complete airsystem/cleaner upgrade, ignition, seat, sissybar, passenger pegs, extended forward controls and a good windscreen; add them up and I'm betting we're getting close to $3k. Part of my current education is to find out exactly what people are doing and why; HD owners typically upgrade the CAMs which cost about $500, so maybe it would be more accurate to budget $2.5k.
to all ~ AND, I'm awfully sick of HD, Inc's., non customer oriented attitude; which is a great reason to want to look for a new bike ~ although my experience with the Yamaha dealer, (in Chico, CA), when I bought my Waverunner left much to be desired in the support arena; I will not buy another vehicle from there. I guess that is my last right as a consumer.