I rode Harleys for years. I rode metric bikes for years. It's always been about the ride for me. Ive never been loyal to any particular brand only loyalty to the road.
Ive met both awesome and shitty people on a variety of bikes.
Personally I judge a person by the content of their character not what kind of machine they ride.
Most of these guys that "hate on you" are RUB'S to begin with(Rich Urban Biker) they think that 20 grand and 20 miles make them a biker.
Those are the guys that need to buy big expensive bikes to make up for their shortcomings....
Let em' I say!