I was browsing our Harley forum today and came across a post about Motus Motorcycles, an American motorcycle company, producing an experimental V4-powered sportbike. I always wondered why there wasn’t more direct competition with Japanese and Italian sportbike manufacturers from here in the United States. Buell managed to hang in there for a long time, but unfortunately is now a part of motorcycle history. Harley itself even came out with the XLCR Cafe Racer back in 1977 and 1978 to compete with the Japanese, Italian, and British imports. The Motor Company stopped production after just two years, and today the XLCR is one of the most desired Sportsters ever made. I think it’s safe to say that Americans buy and enjoy sportbikes, they’re all over the place. But why don’t Americans seem to want an American-made sportbike? Is the V-Rod really as far as the limit can be pushed? I’d like to hear some input on this, especially from those who ride both a Harley and an import sportbike.
An American Motorcycle Sportbike
February 15, 2011 by