Actually for me, because it was an anachronistic BIKE (not just the motor), a sentiment I'd guess that is echoed by many if not most of us.
the 96 -2001 offerings ticked all my boxes, can't see Erik ever producing bikes in that vein again.
The drivetrain was real familiar to me and was admittedly a factor in buying into Buell since I could maintain it myself to a fair degree. But I liked the overall package. I was just drawn to it. My first was a RS1200, then the RSS1200, then the S2, then the S2T. I was still young at this and these were totally non threatening to my life but still gave me lots of smiles. Non threatening was imperative because some of my friends had the GPZ and FZR rockets and I just wasn't mature enough to respect those. I had already slid a 70 hp VF500F down the road by this time. And the S2T was my first tourer that took me as far as seeing the Panama canal. That's something I would never do on those tiny XBs.
It wasn't until my 1st X1 that I joined BWB and then seemed to have met or stayed with every board member across the US in those BWB years up to 2004 or 5. Being part of that community because of the 96-2001 offerings was simply a priceless experience.
Then the XBs came out and a new breed of self-important personalities joined. They never met up like the early members did, just posted, and when they did meet, it was never in the same numbers and they never gelled the same way. Too much selfish in-fighting and posturing. That's why I like this place, you lot really stuck together all these years and it reminds me of the fun I had with BWB once upon a time. So, cheers to you all.
For me it was always that anachronistic Harley that performed and handled thing. And on this site, for the long term members at least, being under no illusions, and having a sort of well gauged authority and respectability, which helps to temper over enthusiasm and hamfistedness of the uninitiated (from which a Buell would soon bite back
)..........and my own occasional bursts of insanity!
I started riding Buell when there were only tubers, but couldn't realise my plan to buy New until XBs were well established. Have yet to ride anything else that does it for me.
Hopefully we can continue and keep up the links of mutual support.......must make a donation soon!