Yep - I had an XB12X and it were grand.
I also got to hang out with Erik a few times on model launches. The best gig I have had in my 18 year career working for bike magazines was the XB12X launch where we rode from Cairns to the tip of Cape Melville in Queensland - with full factory support.
And Yep - I don't think they've got it all completely together as far as appealing to the next generation goes - yet, although the Street 500 was the top selling model here in Aus a few years ago. It qualified as a learner bike under the local size and power restrictions scheme for noobs.
The gossip I'm hearing is the next 2 iterations of the Sportster will be the last of the platform too - but that's only rumour.