Jim, I totally understand where you are coming from. I was lucky enough to see Elmer Trett in Houston (Baytown) on his old blue bike. He had a radical new aero-bodied TF bike that looked wicked at the time, but now would be considered normal. He was having problems launching the bike and pulled out ole reliable to run the event..... and won. The modern TF bike is an awesome sight. I was working for TV at a national event in Houston and saw Larry McBride run the first 5 second pass on 2 wheels ever. He carried the front tire the entire pass and it smoked when it touched down past the finish line. It was amazing to witness.
I don't agree with the way NHRA runs the show some times, but I AM glad that they have added the Top Fuel Harleys. If for nothing else, they put on a show. They remind me of the Gassers and Fuel Alterds from the 60's. A little crazy, a little unpredictable, and a lot of fun to watch. I would definitely rather have this than nothing at all.