1. Buell!


Did I mention EICMA is big? Here’s a list of exhibitors for the doubters. One that’s missing is EBR (Erik Buell Racing), which went belly-up recently after a financial falling-out with its Indian partner Hero. Not to worry, however. Absence makes the crotch grow fonder, and after sitting down for this interview with Buell’s new patron, Bruce Belfer, we’re willing to let them sit one EICMA out while we hopefully anticipate what might be in the works. EBR’s 1190SX was one of a few big naked bikes able to bring the fight to the KTM Super Duke R, and for years before that EB’s been bringing bikes to market that never fail to stir the pot, nearly always in a good way. The 156-rear-wheel-hp SX was amazing, but I personally would be content with an old XB9-SX City repop … basically we just all want to see goodness triumph over evil once again.