Dear Mr. Bleustein: Good seeing you at the V-Rod intro, where your minions were justifiably proud of that bike's high-tech engine and cutting-edge chassis, to say nothing of its stunning styling. Job well done, I say, and ya'll have a happy 100th birthday. Now, about this Buell. I'm sure Buell has been a pain in your checkbook for too long now, and I hear you've told the boys in Buell's garage to get it right this time or start lining up a moving company. But here's the problem: Where Erik has had some freedom--styling, build quality--he's done extremely well. The XB9R Firebolt is beautifully finished, in some ways more so than the core Harley-Davidson products, but it's still saddled with that lump of an engine. You may remember 1957 wistfully, but for the enthusiast the Buell brand needs to capture, that cranky, lumpy, too-large dinosaur is a huge dissuasion. Be strong, Big J, and call down to accounting and loose the cash for Buell to have its own engine, a truly modern engine. It's the only way for the brand to survive.Warmest regards.--M.C.