Like many others, I’ve always felt that Erik Buell got a raw deal when Harley-Davidson decided to shut down Buell Motorcycles. Having met the namesake and even raced one of his motorcycles (XB12R) for my very first AMA race, I even have a personal connection to Erik Buell. So when news broke that Buell was making a comeback, I couldn’t help but be excited for him. Getting a chance to ride his new 1190RX, the first of the new EBR models, was an exciting prospect, but getting to do it at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Statements like that don’t come around very often in the moto-journalism world because what many casual motorcyclists would call once-in-a-lifetime seemingly happens once a month for us. But this? This was truly rare.

As it turned out, the ride day was wet in the morning, making it very tricky trying to learn a new bike and a new track, all while trying to stay upright. The memorable part for me, however, was simply being at the Brickyard, riding an American sportbike. Moments like these are special, and this moment surely wasn’t lost on me. Although the bike itself can’t compete against the kings of the literbike class, it’s still no less a thoroughly enjoyable and visceral motorcycle to pilot quickly. Which only enhances the memory.

  • Old MOron

    Darnit, this is why MO has a job opening.
    Always enjoyed your MOronic efforts, Trizzle.
    Best wishes.

  • Old MOron

    PS: you guys should’ve shopped in one of Troy’s pictures where he has the mutton chops.

  • Starmag

    Your pieces were great Troy, you’ll be missed. All the best in your new endeavors! As one of my teachers told me “once a MOron, always a MOron”. It might not have been a compliment in my case though…

  • spiff

    Did they offer you a CEO position? I can’t see any other reason to leave the MO kingdom. Btw, you must work out!

  • Jon Jones

    My best. Enjoyed your take on things.

  • IslandTosh

    I had a feeling it was Troy leaving; it’s a loss for us MO readers. I always enjoyed your work Troy.

    Best wishes for your future endeavors.

  • JWaller

    Best of luck to you. I’m sure we’ll still hear from you in the comments section at least, right?

  • DickRuble

    Buena suerte, amigo. Remember; if it ain’t broken, aftermarket parts won’t fix it.

  • John B.

    Thank you for all the great content you produced during your tenure with Motorcycle.com, and best wishes for success in your new endeavor. I am sure you will do great things in your new position.

  • Walter

    Best of luck with the new opportunity! I hope you enjoy it as much as you enjoyed your time at MO.

  • SerSamsquamsh

    Moving on feels irrevocable – but – never say never.

    GOOd luck bro!

  • krishan adhikari

    enjoyed your articles. Best of luck.

  • c w

    fare well.

    and do let us know where else you’re going if it again involves media that we can enjoy.