After reporting on Harley-Davidson’s decision to suddenly kill Buell Motorcycles , we’re happy to hear that the American brand may have a chance after all as a group of officials from the Village of East Troy, Walworth County Board and East Troy Chamber of Commerce, formed by the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance, plan on taking over the Buell name and continue producing motorcycles at the East Troy, Wisconsin plant, where more than 180 people currently work.
According to reports, the group of American businessmen will meet with company founder Erik Buell to discuss about the possibilities to revive what until last week was the wholly-owned subsidiary of HD. We hope for the best.
We’re sad to announce that Harley-Davidson is discontinuing the Buell brand and selling off its share in MV Agusta. As a result of the shocking news, Erik Buell comes ahead and speaks with a trembling voice about his 26-year engineering adventure that resulted in a motorcycle brand with global recognition, the first one to show that America can deliver competitive bikes and go head to head with European and Japanese brands in this segment of the industry. Also, the founder of the company thanks customers and dealers for that support and he explains that motorcycles currently found in dealerships are the last to ever be sold and HD will continue to honor the full factory warranty on his motorcycles. You can see the video and read HD’s immense press release about their third-quarter results after the break.
Buell’s 2010 lineup wouldn’t have been complete without the notorious Ulysses models, the XB12X sportbike and XB12XT sport-touring one. Both motorcycles are powered by the smooth, reliable 1203 cc air-cooled engine and feature the appropriate wheelbase and ground clearance in order to prove efficient both on paved roads and unpaved roads. At a first glance, the Ulysses XB12XT model stands out thanks to the standard side and top cases, but it also comes with heated grips and tall windscreen, like any touring motorcycle should.
Buell likes to consider the 1125CR a modern day café racer and while the perfect blending of class-leading performance with sinister styling and a wicked attitude to push the boundaries of the streetfighter category means they’re not at all far from the truth, we’ll just go ahead and say that this bike is close to being the ultimate in streetfighter performance and style. What qualifies it is the fact that it is pretty much a stripped down 1125R (a veritable superbike).
The Buell Firebolt has been evolving in parallel with the 1125R and in 2010 we find it being characterized by the same qualities as the American company’s superbike model: light weight, razor-sharp agility and torque-rich V-Twin powerplant. These make a potent canyon carver out of this apparently innocent model, but in fact there is much more to it. Buell created the Firebolt for real-world and race track performance, while the unique styling and aggressive ergonomics are meant to deliver intuitive sport bike riding performance at the highest level.
We know that Buell builds their models utilizing the so called Trilogy of Technology - chassis rigidity, centralized mass, and low unsprung weight – in order to achieve great chassis response and while this characterizes the 1125R too, the liter-class superbike category also requires a unique combination of engine performance, precise-and-agile handling, raw sound and performance in order to consider the innovative package complete. These are simple words to describe such a complex motorcycle characterized by unique styling, aggressive ergonomics and premium components combined to deliver the ultimate, intuitive sport riding experience.
Erik Buell, founder of the company with the same name, managed to amaze the motorcycle industry from around the world by destroying his own creation, a model which no further represents Buell Motorcycles: the Blast.
The Buell Blast was manufactured for 9 years in the United States and it was powered by a 492 cc single-cylinder engine developing 34 hp. Given also the bike’s light weight, the Blast stood out as a user-friendly and very reliable motorcycle.
Instead of showing how the 2010 model year will look like, Erik Buell brought bad news to the British from Mac Motorcycles , which will start producing a range of motorcycles powered precisely by the engine repudiated by the creator itself.
Buell has recently launched the 2010 lineup and the implicit press release for it. From there, we’re caught up by the Lightning series, one that is diversified and so allows different categories of riders to find their place on one of the three models available: the XB12Ss, XB12Scg and XB9SX.
Buell’s entry-level segment is pretty much sorted out by the 2009 Blast model, a small, light and versatile motorcycle powered by a simple, but claimed very fuel efficient, 492 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine.
Among all models of the American motorcycle manufacturer, this is the only
one that gets a nice European look, but features such as the aggressive wheels, one-piece seat and belt final drive still set it apart.