• Nov 18, 2009
As far as motorcycle manufacturers go, Buell lived a relatively short life. Founded by a former Harley-Davidson engineer in 1993, the sportbike company was acquired by HDMC in 2003. But hard times falling on businesses large and small forced Harley to announce Buell's closure. And now the last Buell has been pushed off the assembly line and into the great wild yonder.

After 136,923 motorcycles built over the course of 26 years of production, the final model produced was the black Lightning XB12Scg pictured above. On December 18, the plant in Troy, Wisconsin, will officially close down, while the existing network of dealers continue to sell off the remaining stock.

Farewell, Buell. We hardly knew ye.

[Source: Motorcycle News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It hope EB leaves HD and start up his company again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had the cash, I'd buy Buell myself from Harley-Davidson and spin it off as its own company making motorcycles. There'll be competition though-- Harley itself, Ducati, Kawasaki, Honda, etc.

      When I see these companies closed down, it just makes me wish I had the money to them off and let them continue running so the employees will still have jobs. I'd do the same for Saturn as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, I am confused. "founded in 1993" but "26 years of production"? Did they mean found in '83?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog, you and your typos are really starting to piss me off. You guys are paid to blog. The least you can do is spell check and check your information.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *Conan Obrien voice* In the year two thousand........and nineteen..........
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, they meant 1983. The linked article mentioned the 26 years... I guess it was just an AB math fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't someone else buy the brand from Harley and resurrect the brand?
      washman123
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have had 7 motorcycles in my life and none of them leaked a drop of oil.
      lets here it for HONDA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had the money, I would get a Buell. I love the sound and how they look.

      Leaks oil? Oh well, my Escort did that and it didn't bother me.

      I have never ridden a motorcycle before but I have had the chance to visit the local Buell dealer and have poked around and sat on them (I know, I know...not the same thing as riding them) but I found them to be more comfortable than a crotch rocket.

      Performance numbers don't really mean squat to me. I would never race the thing. So what if some kid's CBR or R6 can kick my butt...WHOOPDIE-FREAKIN-DO!!!! At least I would have a bike that is somewhat unique (in this area) and isn't the same damn thing that every other moronic 18-20 year olds are riding around on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The last one has rolled off the line, so why is the plant reamining open for another month?
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a motorcycle rider for the last 20 years, Buells are the most boring, quiet, unexciting and uncomfortable motorcycles I've ridden to date. Can't say I'm going to miss them very much, if at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lots of sad faces in that pic. Damn you HD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was gonna say, it looks almost staged...
        • 5 Years Ago
        not surprising really is it? the poor guy's most likely losing his job
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the ONE GUY clapping. lol!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i was at the factory for the "One Last Ride" event, and all of the employees were down in the dumps that they were going to lose their jobs. The Buell crowd has more patronage than any other group of fans I've ever seen. Say what you may about their bikes, but I've got a 1999 and I've never had a problem with it. I like my Buell, it's fun to ride, and it makes me happy... if that's not a good bike, then I don't know what else you expect from a motorcycle company.

      Farewell Buell, you'll still live on in our hearts
      • 5 Years Ago
      how are people gonna replace those big ass break disks now?
        • 5 Years Ago
        when u wear them out, or is that only cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buell was founded in 1983.
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