The compact ergonomic equation can turn into a pain if you're tall, and wind protection is ... well, there isn't any. Aside from some buzz through the seat and pegs at high revs, the 72-degree V-twin is surprisingly smooth. And as with most Buell products, handling can be something of an acquired taste. Racer-like steering geometry and a short wheelbase make steering ultra-quick, even a bit nervous unless your inputs are smooth. So relax. The single six-piston front caliper and perimeter rotor are a bit short on initial bite, but stop the CR plenty quickly with a determined squeeze. Stock suspension can be a bit harsh over rough pavement, especially the shock, but wick it up on a nicely maintained back road and the last Buell is hard to fault. If that liquid-cooled Austrian engine makes you nervous, there are screaming deals to be had on models powered by the good, old, air-cooled, American Harley-Davidson Sportster twin. We've seen leftover XB12R Firebolts advertised for less than $5000.