And though it's a thoroughly modern, essentially well-behaved piece, the problem with a standard '06 SportClassic is, as delivered, it's a bit too civilized, sanitized and soft around the middle. Bolted up around Bologna's 992cc air-cooled workhorse, it's a rational homage to the '74 750 Sport, which was magnificently irrational in the first place. As delivered, it's a bit boring after a few hundred miles. But all is not lost. If global economic realities, cranky neighbors and the Environmental Protection Agency kept Borgo Panigale from rolling out a full-strength homage to late-'70s desmo-dromics, they didn't stop Jeff Nash.