The EBR was what $40K? And it was never competitive.
I thought the "Civilian" one was around the same cost as an S1000 (which, yes, is a problem, since it was a new player).
But that's not my point. My point is that they entered WSBK as a new manufacturer (playing against companies with multi-decade pedigrees) and scored championship points. Personally, I don't think they were around long enough to make the call about whether they
could be competitive.
It's a big leap from "EBR is folding" to "Americans can't build a competitive sportbike." We can, it's just expensive! The market is saturated with cheaper, proven options, and no one is going to have the brand clout of Harley Davidson.
I think it would be difficult for any new player to enter the market. Kind of a scary situation actually.
Edit: To put it another way, the Corvette frequently dominates at LeMans. Regardless of that, try to imagine a new automobile company starting up in the U.S., right now.
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