Buell Reviews

Buell Motorcycle Company was a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., producing sport motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel from 1983 until the brand was discontinued in 2009. The company’s founder, former roadracer Erik Buell, soon started up a new company, Erik Buell Racing. EBR started out producing race-only models based on the Buell 1125R but now produces a new line of 1190cc V-Twin models.

Firebolts, Lightnings and an XB-RR: Buells in Bakersfield

Motorcycle.com travels to Bakersfield, Calif., for the launch of Buell’s 2007 line-up including the Firebolt series sportbikes, the Lightning streetfighter line and XBRR series racebikes. But doe Buell have more up its sleeve than new tires and graphics?

2007 Buell Lightning XB12STT

Erik Buell’s love for what he does and has done comes through in bursts of exuberance at overcoming the challenges of designing a motorcycle, or rather a sportbike, like no other. It’s that passion that fueled the creation of the Buell Lightning Super TT.

2005 Sport Touring Comparo

Sport Touring is the dream of many motorcyclists. A capable machine, miles and miles of winding roads, perfect weather and an attractive companion behind you.

2005 Buell and Harley Davidson Line-up

The riding position is athletic. Agility is uncompromised. The torque is unreal. Compact and narrow in profile, the Buell Thunderstorm – V-Twin engine is the perfect powerplant for serious street performance.

Streetfighter Shootout

MO decided to test three of the funkiest Streetfighters we could find. The victor was quite surprising (to me at least,) and will go on to challenge...

2004 XB12S: Cheddarheads Strike Again

John Burns crashes out and takes out a Canadian motojournalist as he tests the 2004 Buell Lightning XB12R and XB12S sportbikes at Road America. JB took a handlebar in the chest but hey, he was going faster than Don Canet at the time.

2003 Funky Twins Comparo

If you're a magazine tester, it's hard to get your hands on a decent selection of sport bikes in late summer. The new bikes aren't available yet and most of this year's bikes are long since departed to the big OEM employee sale in the sky. What's a mag...

2003 Naked Twins

Spending all that quality naked time has JB torqued up and in vintage form. Here, we find him blaspheming the holy name of the SV650 to anoint the first American king since Kenny Roberts. Controversy, thy name is Burns!

2003 Buell XB9S Lightning

As a general purpose motorcycle, the Buell XB9S Lightning is hard to fault. It’s fun around town, fun on the freeway and fun in the canyons. Riding the 9S in traffic is an absolute joy. If it wasn't for the clutch it would be the ultimate commuter.

First Ride: 2003 Buell XB9S Lightning

After spending a significant amount of time on the XB9R Firebolt, we were pretty sure that Buell had something up its sleeve. The naked XB9S Lightning version shares many of the same parts but after riding it, you would think it's a different bike.

Buell XB9R vs. Ducati 900SS

It seemed only natural to compare the old 900 SS to the all-new Buell XB9R, to us at least. The old Italian L-twin must still have some adherents, obviously, since it makes up a big chunk of Ducati sales...

2002 Buell XB9R

Buell’s “Trilogy of Design” since day one has meant optimal mass centralization, minimal unsprung weight, and chassis rigidity. This theory has taken the XB9R Firebolt down an interesting road that creates new problems by so creatively solving others.

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