[QUOTE=hellonearth;1084731]Yeah the article rose shared a long time ago is basically the last update that i know of: Motorcycle Therapy: The Michael Czysz Story
Unfortunately Michael has succumbed to the disease he so valiantly fought. He was a graceful and genuine soul to the end. Without Michael, Moto Czysz lost its creative muse and is essentially shuttered.
The U.S. theoretically could build a world class sportbike, but it never will. EBR was still-born from the get-go. Though Buell had some interesting ideas, it's like making a cake, or writing code: garbage in, garbage out. He vainly attempted to make a silk purse from a sow's ear. He was doomed when he wedded himself to the notion of using H-D motors.
Americans are simply not interested in Motorcycles in sufficient numbers. It might not set well with those of us whom possess great passions for sportbikes, but examine H-D. They have to have the most over paid engineers in all of the auto/moto world. Why? Because they've designed no new engine format since 1936, with modest changes up to the present, air cooled 45-degree pushrod V-twin. The "if it ain't broke, don't fix it mentality is only unimaginative tripe. Their engineers are so lazy/staid that they were too ill-equipped to design the H²O cooled, overhead cammed, 60-degree V-Rod motor; H-D had to farm the job out to Porsche.
The former Axis countries are making innovative genré leading sportbikes. Using cutting edge designs, manufacturing methods, materials, and distribution practices. Arguably, we've even been bested by the U.K. with Triumph's laudable Daytona 675 & 675R. It gives me no pleasure to say, the U.S. just doesn't have the will to put forth a viable effort.