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Buell 1125R – Click above for high-res image gallery

Knee-draggers take heart: following the disappointing news that Harley-Davidson has killed the Buell brand, comes the announcement of its rebirth. Don't go looking for any new street bikes, though; the Buell name will carry on strictly through racing.

According to the announcement, company founder and chairman Erik Buell will leave the Motor Company to head up the newly formed Erik Buell Racing. This spin-off will be supported by HDMC and based at the Buell factory in East Troy, Wisconsin. The racing outfit will likely retain part of the workforce that, until last week, was responsible for assembling the roadgoing sportbikes. Rather than building bikes for public consumption, however, the team at Erik Buell Racing will supply the Buell 1125R to racing teams for as long as the bike complies with current competition regs.

So, while existing Buell retailers will sell off the remaining stock of street bikes, the name will live on (for a while, at least) on the racing circuit. Check out the fresh mega gallery of 1125R images (on and off the track) and the details in the press release after the jump.

  • 2008 1125R Frame
  • 2008 1125R Frame
  • 2008 1125R Frame

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

Erik Buell establishes Erik Buell Racing
New Venture Will Build Buell 1125R-based Racing Motorcycles and Supply Parts

MILWAUKEE (November 20, 2009) - Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) announced today that following the company's recent decision to discontinue the Buell motorcycle product line, Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company, will leave the company to establish Erik Buell Racing, an independent motorcycle race shop.

Erik Buell Racing will specialize in the supply of race-use-only Buell motorcycle parts and race preparation services for engines and motorcycles, and the building and sale of Buell® 1125R-based race-use-only motorcycles under license from Harley-Davidson, as well as providing technical support to racers of Buell motorcycles.

"I'm looking forward to helping Buell racers keep their bikes flying," said Erik Buell. "We've got some exciting race development projects in the works and it will mean a lot to me personally to see Buell racers competing for wins and championships in the 2010 season and beyond."

"I'm pleased that Harley-Davidson is assisting Erik in establishing this business to continue supporting the racing efforts he has had so much passion for over the years," said Buell President and COO Jon Flickinger. "Harley-Davidson and the Buell Motorcycle Company will always be proud of their affiliation with Erik, and we wish him well in this new endeavor to support Buell racers."

Erik Buell Racing will be based in East Troy, Wisconsin and will be staffed by Erik Buell and a veteran team of personnel. For more information, after December 1, 2009, contact:

Erik Buell Racing, LLC
2799 Buell Drive, Unit C
East Troy, WI 53120

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      • 5 Years Ago
      where are all of these buell fires you speak of? and the ones redlining 50mph?? im real interested in this as I've never read about one before, unless thats in second gear or something, not 5 or 6th gear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How will this bike qualify to race under normal homologation rules if it's not being sold anymore? Of course, DMG (AMA Superbike) did some really weird stuff to allow the 1125R to race against a bunch of 600s in the Daytona Sportbike class. Not to mention allowing the 1125RR in the Superbike class even though it wasn't available as a street legal model according to their own rulebook. So maybe they'll just do it again.

      I feel for Erik, but dude, move the design center to California or something. This sh**'s ugly.

      BONUS: I did a track day this weekend and an 1125R blew up its motor on the back straight at Streets of Willow Springs, sending a piston head and oil flying. Awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That blue windscreen reminds me of Legos for some reason. I don't even know who I am anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cmon, Buell was not a bad MC. I owned a Cyclone and while not as fast as some of my other bikes, it was fun because it did things differently. Had a TON of torque which was essential as the gearbox was not ideal for frequent cog swaps. Who will now take the mantle of "American Sportbike"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Rather than building bikes for public consumption, however, the team at Erik Buell Racing will supply the Buell 1125R to racing teams for as long as the bike complies with current competition regs."

      That should be easy, since he never complied with the regs when they had production bikes (or, rather, they found ways to let him cheat). I wish he would just take his ego and his "innovative" machines and just go away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Buell can win another AMA championship next year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whats the point of keeping the bike alive in racing? if you can't race on Sunday sell on Monday? or will he pull another Steve Saleen SMS???
      • 5 Years Ago
      how many race bikes can there really be demand for?

      And how competitive can sportbikes be on the track, when running harley engines, against the best from other manufacturers.

      V-twin performance engines that I think of usually don't bear the motor company's name, nor their 50+ year old design.

      Rotax, Aprilia, Ducati, Honda... Not so much HD. Good cruisers and good racers don't necessarily call for the same engine.

      I still think that maybe Erik Buell and Michael Czysz could somehow join forces, and build NEW american motorcycles, including NEW american engines and go after real modern advancement in every aspect of motorcycle design, not being tied to making pre-existing hardware work for what it wasn't designed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So much animosity towards H-D. Like the old farts say concerning Harleys, if you don't get it, you probably never will.

        Also, the 1125R uses a Rotax motor. Do some research before you write ignorant 5 paragraph comments.

        Finally, to whoever questioned his engineering skils, Buell has been very innovative. Once again, do a little research.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apologies, BoxerFanatic, for the harsh tone of my comment. Your comment really wasn't ignorant. I just get so tired of reading internet chatter from folks trying to act like they know what they're talking about when they obviously don't. There's just so much crap being written just for the sake of leaving a comment. My bad. Still, next time, do some freakin' research! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I read in an issue of Cycle World that Harley Davidson was concerned about their customer demographic getting up in age. They wanted to figure out how to attract younger riders. Buell in my humble opinion would have been the perfect tie for doing that. There didn't seem to be any problem with the amount of sales Buell was generating, but rather it was a matter of H D not wanting to go in the sportbike/ adventure touring direction. I bought an XB12X last spring. I have been riding bikes from the japanese 4 for 41 years with an occasional BMW and H D thrown in here and there. I found the Buell to be perfect for my riding needs even with a few of it's quirks. The rear brake is somewhat wooden and there is a lot of heat transfered to the right side frame rail and to my right leg from the exhaust header from the rear cylinder. But there is much to like about it too. It's different from what other people are riding. It handles well. Feet up slides in the dirt are a blast and very controllable. It has decent power for a 54 year old guy. It's easy to service. It's comfortable. I suppose I will not mind keeping it for many years because it meets my needs in a bike. Of course it helps to own other bikes too. When I get pissed off about it being essentially worthless now I ride something else. Maybe history will will look favorably on the Buell mark and it will become somewhat of a cult bike and go up in value again. There is always hope.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buell should just die a peaceful death and be done with it.
      Also, would someone please explain to me which part of a Buell is innovative?
      The brakes aren't great.
      Fuel in the frame + oil in the swingarm = a gimick.
      Even the new liquid cooled V-twin motor is dated technology.

      You can (could) still buy the air cooled HD motor in 2010 models. What a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cool..rewalli cool bike...!!! i m not a bike fan but i luv it...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like he is having trouble cooling that POS.
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