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Try to imagine being Eric Buell ....

Harley: "We want you to build the ultimate sportbike, with state of the art frame, suspension, and brakes. Let your engineers run wild. Think out of the box. No sacred cows. Breakthrough designs. Go for it, Eric. The sky is the limit!"

Buell: "SMOKin!"

Harley: "But it's got to have a Sporster engine."

Buell: "Errrrgggg .... " (followed by the sound of a body slumping to the floor.

Give Eric his props ... he has done a stellar job in developing a cool sportbike around an engine better suited to pulverizing kidney stones than shredding apexes. But for God's sake, can you imagine how good his bikes would be with, say, a Suzuki TL motor? Until the mill is upgraded I can only say, "I wouldn't hit my dog in the butt with a Buell."
 

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Re: Try to imagine being Eric Buell ....

honestly, what did you EXPECT him to say? "This thing's a dungheap."?

and water cooling aside, don't you think the engine could use such rudimentary features as overhead cams? downdraft carbs? a counterbalancer, mayhaps? some nice leading-edge tech that has been sportbike mainstays for the past, say, 10 friggin years? those things have no bearing on mass centralization.

what is "BMEP?"
 
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