From my experience I know of two people who have had bad experiences with Iron Horses. As far as the rest go, -BMC's, Ironhorse, Titans and Big Dogs- I believe they are hard tails, and not a good long distance cruiser, just something for getting around town.
I'm a HUGE - not a fat joke - fan of Victory Motorcycles. They're badass and American made. They look great and have a modern motor. My roommate has an 06 8-ball and I'm looking to get a kingpin - gotta have my cruiser.
Currently I have a 99 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 classic. Its a Harley Clone, and it leaks like one too
I've got Vance and Hines Pipes, a mustang seat, and a K&N Filter to round it out. I've ridden for a year now got my license and it's a blast. The torque on these cruisers is great, and they are a lot of fun.
I thought it was a monster till I hopped on my buddies 8-ball and thought I was going to snap my neck off when I pulled the throttle back.
Regardless, with the bike market the way it is, it's hard to go wrong. Foreign bikes are cheap and reliable. Victory are dependeable, more powerful, and better looking, but if you go Harley, well itsa Harley.
Hope this helps