I have had Sportsters on the mind lately. Here is a 1958 XL I had a few years ago, it was a nice clean little motorcycle.
I am not sure who started the rap that Sportsters were girls bikes (although I certainly have no objections to girls riding them ), these were the hot rod bikes in the late 50's through the1960's. If you had a Sportster you were flat out cool ! They could be built into hot rods to contend with just about anything you could throw at them. When the XLCH came along they were true contenders against the British twins. Not sure how a Sportster would do against a Vincent ??