I don't think that these 2 bikes are very comparable... The engine size are similar and that's about it. Totally different riding positions, our Strykers are nice and relaxed, and the Muscle your all stretched out with your legs forward, yours arm stretched, and your hunched over. The Night-rod and V-rod have a better ridding position. I've driven one, has a bit more of a sporty ride. It's pretty smooth with lots of power. I dig the bike it's cool, just not sure about that ride position for a long trip, and that price.... I think Eric Buell designed that engine for Harley while he was there, so I don't know if our bikes would be as fast as it. For the money we saved and the performance we get with our bikes, I'll take my Stryker over the Muscle.