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.
With the 2009 Ulysses XB12X and XB12XT, Buell delivers veritable adventure sportbikes that are dynamic performers on virtually any kind of terrain. These are two models that display distinct personalities and allow creative riders to keep the blood flowing by diversifying the type of rides depending for what kind of adventure they’re in the mood in every different day of the week.
None of the two bikes will be taken to Dakar or at the track, but they are build to cover up an infinite number of miles on tarmac, sand, dirt and gravel, while featuring an absolutely original design.
The Buell Firebolt is a model which with refinement, versatility and innovation has managed to attract the motorcycle press on its side and still carries on big time. The 2009 model year is even greater, like the superbike that every single rider could jump one and feel well at home. At least that was the idea when creating it and we reckon that the bike doesn’t come as a disappointment for anyone. Or does it?
In 2009, Buell offers the same diversified lienup featuring unique models that are now improved and which won’t pass unnoticed no matter what. But, one particular model does attract our attention for being brand new: the 2009 Buell 1125CR is a good looking derivation from the now notorious 1125R superbike model built in the United States.
The Buell 1125R enters on a road with no return. This is a bike that follows a continuous ascendant trend on the sales charts, looks original and performs as such. Furthermore, Buell even launched a special Superbike racing version to show the great potential laying in the notorious model and we reckon this is only the beginning.
Buell has prepped up a racing version of the 1125R to compete (ONLY in the hands of licensed professional road racers) with Japanese and Italian liter bikes in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class. The move is one that the motorcycling world had been expecting, given the fact that Buell flirted with racing in the past, but the 1125RR is an entirely new turn-key machine for privateers willing to pay the $40 grand price.
Rear the press release after the break.
Those who have long been planning that one special motorcycle trip might very well start writing a 250 word essay describing their idea of the ultimate on- or off-road riding adventure, route and destination as well as why they’re keen on accomplishing it and on what riding experience they’re relying in order to do so. Yes, you’re supposing well; Buell will select a winner and offer him/her a brand new Ulysses XB12X, parts and accessories and travel money so that the respective essay would become reality. Afterwards, the bike is for the winner to keep.
Conditions required indicate that submitters must be legal U.S. 50-state residents at the time of the entry, at least 18 years of age and poses a valid motorcycle license.
Take your time and plan everything well because submissions are accepted until June 23rd.
Press release after the break.
Buell’s 1125R sportbike was acquainted for being fast, but not the fastest one out there. Meanwhile, things have changed as the 1125’s Rotax-built Helicon V-twin engine powered the bike to a precise speed of 148.7 mph. Ok, but that’s no record-breaking speed you might say and I couldn’t agree more. All that needs to be mentioned is that the respective speed was achieved on ice, which changes the situation completely.
Stunt rider Craig Jones got behind the handlebar of an 1125R equipped with studded tires and a shot of nitrous for the attempt that took place on Lake Dellen in Sweden. The lake ices only for a short period in mid winter but when it does it allows for these kinds of activities to take place on its surface. I just cannot see why other manufacturers don’t come up with such fairly unusual achievements.
See video after the jump.
A CNN crew filming a book release on Oxford Street in London suddenly got lucky when four riders on two motorcycles smashed the window of a jewelry store and grabbed as much valuables before making their escape. Although the guys look like amateurs, they actually planned the heist pretty well. For starters, it didn’t take them long and the highly revved engines covered the sound of the shop windows as they were broken with a sledgehammer.
The police was soon on the scene, but neither the helmet wearing riders nor the bikes have been identified yet.