The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Mass. will welcome Erik Buell, sportbike designer, engineer, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Erik will speak on his personal design philosophy and the company’s unique role as the only sportbike maker in America. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation by Erik Buell will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Erik Buell’s career with Harley-Davidson began in 1979 when he joined the Company as a Junior Test Engineer. He worked in a series of positions including Product Engineer, Project Engineer and Senior Project Engineer until Erik left the Motor Company in 1983 to build his own Buell racing motorcycles. In 1987, he formally incorporated the Buell Motorcycle Company. He then approached Harley-Davidson to acquire engines for his first series of street motorcycles. Since that time, all Buell motorcycles have used powertrains supplied by Harley-Davidson. In 1993, Harley-Davidson acquired 49 percent of Buell Motorcycle Company and by 2003, H-D acquired 100 percent of the Buell Motorcycle Company.
As Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Erik Buell is responsible for the long-term strategic vision for Buell Motorcycle Company as well as all technical issues for that company, ranging from current product engineering support through future product design, and including information services.