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’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.
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.
Many consider the Ulysses a good enough motorcycle which would provide confidence on and off the road, but us, here at TopSpeed like to call it the absolute American Adventure Sport motorcycle. It is an awesome performer when you hit the streets on it, but if the planned shortcut takes you through unpaved roads or even woods, there’s no worry. It will perform excellent and show us once again that the Thunderstorm engine is versatility itself.
Recently we’ve been publishing reviews about Buell’s 2008 Lightning models and now I’ve come across one special Lightning XB12Ss which has become a radical street fighter.
It’s called the special ThunderBuell and it was built by the Germans from Thunderbike. The base motorcycle is an XB12Ss, but if you’re expecting at a price situated around $15,000 you should reconsider and double the amount because in a happy case this is the least you’ll pay for (...)
Like any true roadster, the Buell Lightning XB12Ss offers a comfortable riding position and passenger seat (not like on a brother of it I recently met).The taller and wider seat together with the 54-inch wheelbase manage to offer a better riding position while keeping the bike as sharp-cornering as ever before.