Mr.Buell. Total agreement. This oughta make you giggle, but the Blast was my second choice to the CX. Love Thumpers, even disguised as a learner bike.ffarl....let me give you a crash course in HDs:
Buells - Erik Buell is a national treasure. anything he built is worthy of study. Even the forelorn blast engine is worth taking a look at even though the rest of the bike blows hairy dog balls.
Sportsters: well this is kind of an odd duck. 90% of the time there is nothing interesting here. However, they were the bikes HD built to be competetive with the english, they were the real HDs people owned for years (Big twins were always expensive). Ironheads espically are usually the domain of just the absolute piece of shit dirt bags because they are the cheapest harley that isn't italian, so there is a lot of garbage bikes floating around and not a lot of interesting things - however, they did also attract weirdo speed freaks like marc and my frind joey A who had to have fast motorcycles and tired to put the sport into sportster. Did you know the 1969 XLCH 900cc sportster was one of the fastest bikes in the world in a straight line in 1968? a lot of the IH stuff is directly related to the race stuff since the HD race team had a limited budget, the engines are as different as chalk and cheese, but there is a lot of frame interchange and you can use some race chassis parts. So once in a while there are interesting things to look at here.
Harley culture makes me want to vomit. their marketing machine is amazing in how it manages to really appeal to just about everybody except real bike enthuaists. It is a shame because some of their products work better then you would think - I took an electra glide up PCH out of san fran for my anniversary one year and loved every minute of it. sure it isn't a "performance" bike and only morons really fall for that performance marketing doublespeak crap (surprised at how many morons there are?), but once you clear out the garbage lifestyle products from the lineup there are some solid motorcycles (or at least there were now that they killed the XR1200X). Nobody forces you to buy a nightster, standard sportsters are still in the line up.
and there is sometimes confusion that places "itallian" in the backs of minds... due to the Aermacchi made AMF imports with HD logos.....Farmer John,
The sportster is USA thru and thru.
Actually I understand that the bike originally had left shift in the 50's, but switched to right side because that was how the Brit bikes were, their major competition.
The sportster WAS Italian. At least in the late 60s. The cue lies in the right hand shift.