One year after receiving the devastating news that Harley-Davidson was discontinuing his namesake motorcycle brand, Erik Buell is back in business and working harder than ever to make his innovative motorcycle designs a reality. The 60-year-old iconoclast now heads Erik Buell Racing (EBR), housed in a small corner of the former factory on Buell Drive in East Troy, Wisconsin. There he converts existing 1125Rs into dedicated racing machines like the fearsome 1190RR that Harald Kitsch of Germany's Pegasus Racing used to dominate the 2010 European Twins/Sound of Thunder Championship, while at the same time laying the groundwork to re-enter the streetbike market with a new line of high-end, American-made sportbikes. Recently released from his non-compete contract with The Motor Company, Buell shared with us his opinion on Harley's decision to shutter Buell (at a staggering, $125 million cost), his struggles with management as that company's focus shifted to "core customers," and the fate of the radical B2 Barracuda prototype. Buell also revealed his future plans, including a return to volume motorcycle production and a possible collaboration with Bombardier under the Can-Am name.