I'll start by saying I've never ridden a HD. Been on a couple jap cruisers and decided I don't like the ergonomics of a cruiser.
Back to the OP's question, though...
Bring back the XLCR-yeah the old AMF cafe racer.
Put something like a 750 twin in it at a reasonable($8k-ish)price and there might be interest.
I'm not even sure what most entry level bikers are looking for. Obviously a lot of them go with the big bike thing.
Still, it's gonna be hard to compete with Honda et all, but at least a production cafe racer would be unique.
I find your lack of faith disturbing.