|Photo swiped from Erik Buell Racing's website.|
And Erik Buell Racing, interestingly enough, does exactly that.
And what's more, you can't keep this guy down. What's that you say? The American motorcycle manufacturing/distributing/dealing juggernaut won't deal with him anymore? Did he even let that slow him down? Not hardly. It seems to me there might have been about five whole minutes there where he wasn't working on getting more motorcycles built to suit his vision.
He's like the Terminator, if the Terminator were a motorcycle building bad-ass instead of a robot that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And now he's got a new production bike in the works: the 1190RX. And the MSRP is only $18,995. Sure, that's a lot of money (I could, for example, get an Ural and all the riding gear and farkles I can dream of for that amount), but it's not a lot when you consider what he's offering. To my eyes, the 1190RX is an American-built race bike with just enough stuff added to make it street-legal. He's not trying to compete with a Suzuki budget sportbike (not to knock Suzuki), he's trying to compete with Ducati.
Hot damn. I will be keeping a keen eye on EBR.