I remember when I started riding that I was all about chrome (I've never owned a Harley though). I spent about as much time washing my bike as riding it.
Very quickly, I decided to start working on my bike. I started reading and learning more and slowly came to realize that form was less important than function. This was reinforced by the longer and longer trips I attempted on my bike and by how inherently inefficient cruisers are (removing piles of chrome and carbs just to top up a radiator, removing most of the engine just to access the valves, having my crappy rear drum brake lock up all the time). It got old fast.
The more I look at bikes like BMWs and Guzzis the more I love them. The design IS the beauty, but you have to look close.