Unplugged from the constraints of moto-jouralistic objectivity, I’ve always harbored some degree of malignant affection for Milwaukee heavy metal despite empirical experience that should have formed a cure decades. For the most part, no H-D twin – Sportster, Revolution, Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead or Twin-Cam – has taken up residence in the garage thus far. They’re too slow, too heavy, too expensive or all of the above. But as the millions of bar-and-shield decals adorning all manner of four-wheel vehicles around the world will attest, ownership is no prerequisite for admiration. America loves an underdog. Especially one not even American Machinery and Foundry couldn’t starve to death. But who knew 13 H-D execs could turn about $1 million in personal equity into $4.34 billion of total revenue in the first 9 months of 07? And that’s in a decidedly down market. If I’d spent $4000 or so in the Motor Company’s 86 IPO instead of on that YZ490, these words would emerge from shorefront digs in Lake Tahoe, not fashionable West Lancaster. Alas. The pieces didn’t quite fit, then or now, though I still suffer occasional public outbreaks of that old pathology when provocation meets justification.