In my personal opinion, HD's decision to kill Buell was like a home lobotomy kit. One more time lawyers and marketers put down the engineer, and that is a damn shame. One reason I'm more pro-Japanese than American is because the Japanese seem to focus on making a quality product, regardless of cost. Back in the 50's, Mr. Honda plunked down 1 million dollars worth of capital that the company didn't have to buy machine tools to make all the millions of Super Cubs he was going to sell. The man knew how to make a superior product and no bean counter was going to tell him otherwise.
I bet with a few more years of development, Buell would have made a damn fine sportbike. I wouldn't mind throwing a leg over an 1125, or that new Barracuda they had brewing, but I guess it wasn't to be. I do hope one of Japanese companies, or maybe KTM or someone similar snaps Buell up after his no compete clause is expired. The story was just getting good. Thank you all.
"Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it" ~ Ayn Rand