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Buell motorcycles include the 1125R sportbike, the 1125CR café racer, the Lightning family of streetfighters including the XB9Scg and XB9SX CityX, and the Ulysses line of sport touring motorcycles such as the Ulysses XB12XT. Erik Buell Racing is producing racing-only trackbikes such as the 1125RR and 1190RR as well as the 1190RS streetbike.

Buell Motorcycle Company was discontinued by Harley-Davidson, Inc. in 2009, but in its short history the Buell brand managed to make an indelible mark on the industry. Company founder Erik Buell left an R&D job at Harley-Davidson in 1982 to build his own race bike. H-D bought a minority interest in the company in 1993. His efforts include short-lived RW750, RR1000 (Battle Twin), the S2 Thunderbolt and XB9R Firebolt. Buell, however, built more than racing motorcycles, introducing the Ulysses adventure sportbike in 2005. More recently, Erik Buell has started a new company – Erik Buell Racing. The first Erik Buell Racing motorcycle was introduced in 2011 – the 1190RS.

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2011 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS Preview

Eric Buell rolled out his new 1190RS at the Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Erik Buell Racing 1190RS will be the first streetbike produced to bear the Buell name since Harley-Davidson shuttered the brand in October 2009.

2009 Buell 1125R Daytona SportBike Review

Buell recently stole headlines with the announcement of a specially modified 1125R joining AMA Pro Racing's American Superbike class. The 1125RR is a purpose-built racebike that has created waves in the AMA Superbike paddock.

2009 Buell 1125CR Review

Buell’s latest line-up includes a sleeker naked version of a model introduced last year, lean and mean, the 1125CR is a force to reckon with. More than just “Harley’s sportbike”, this Café Racer is ready to compete against the Japanese.

2009 Buell Motorcycles Unveiled

Consisting of six models and three lines, Buell’s street, adventure and sportbike models vary by model and engine configuration but continue the melting pot culture that has grown to exemplify the “American” idea.

2009 Buell 1125CR Introduction

The Buell 1125CR, this nearly-identical sibling of the racier-looking 1125R loses the big fairing/windscreen found on that bike in favor of a minimalist flyscreen sitting atop on new, single piece headlight for the 21st century café racer.

2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT Review

Of the nine bikes Buell makes, six of those carry the letters XB; of those, the Uly is the strongest seller. We take a look at how the Ulysses model is expanding as we ride the 2008 Ulysses XB12XT. It has new suspension and a lower seat. Hurray!

First Ride: 2008 Buell 1125R

Has a partnership with BRP-Rotax given Buell lovers what so many have clamored for: A modern liquid-cooled V-Twin superbike? Motorcycle.com rides the 1125R in Monterey, Calif., and around Laguna Seca to find out.

Buell 1125R First Look

Buell’s new 1125R could be stiff competition for Ducati and Aprilia in the world of sporting V-Twin superbikes. We take a look inside the American company’s first liquid-cooled sportbike and compare it to its rivals.

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.

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Buell Comparisons

2007 Air-Cooled Twins Naked Comparo

We went back to basics with a look at four liter-plus-sized air-cooled naked Twins to see which would make the best all-around do-it-all motorcycle. Enter the BMW R1200R, Ducati Multistrada 1100, Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 and the Buell XB12X Ulysses.

Big, Naked and Beautiful: Open-Class Standards 2006

Motorcycles are bad. Not in a negative way, but in a nasty, I'm a bad MOfo kind of way. And the nastiest are the big-motored, unfaired, out-in-the-wind, high-performance naked standard motorcycles we label "Hooligan" machines.

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.

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  • Hero MotorCorp Buys Half of Erik Buell Racing

    According to a press release from Hero MotorCorp, the U.S. arm of Hero, HMCL (NA), has agreed to purchase 49.2% of Erik Buell Racing for $25 million. HMCL (NA) is said to have transferred $15 million to EBR with the remaining $10 million to be paid within the next nine months. Hero says it will have […] more
  • Three-Time World Champion Wayne Rainey Honored At Quail Motorcycle Gathering

    Saturday, May 4 marked the 5th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California. With such a diverse collection of historical, rare and outrageous motorcycles, the Quail is an event we thoroughly enjoyed attending last year. To commemorate the occasion, this year’s guest of honor was none other than three-time 500cc Grand Prix world champion, and […] more
  • RoboCop Remake Has RoboCop Riding A Motorcycle

    The semi-futuristic 1987 film, “RoboCop,” starring actor Peter Weller, told the tale of fatally injured Detroit cop effectively resurrected to life, but in the form of mostly metal, cyborg-like being. RoboCop was the ultimate crime-fighting tool, and the public loved the premise of the movie to the tune of two sequels, lots of merchandising and […] more
  • Erik Buell Featured on Entrepreneur.com

    Entrepreneur.com, the web presence of Entrepreneur magazine, has a feature article on Erik Buell and his Erik Buell Racing (EBR) company. While the article reveals some lack of knowledge of the two-wheeled world by overusing the term “crotch rocket” as the generic description for sportbikes, this is forgivable considering it’s coming from a publication specializing in […] more
  • US Motorcycle Sales First Half 2011 Results

    The U.S. motorcycle industry saw a 4.6% decrease in year-on-year sales over the first six months of 2011, thanks mostly to a 17.3% drop in ATV sales. Motorcycle and scooter sales however saw a 1.7% bump in the first half . Unfortunately, most of that gain in two-wheeled vehicle sales was due to a strong […] more
  • Marisa Miller Takes Harley-Davidson Riders Edge Training [Video]

    If there’s one thing I like more than motorcycles, it’s hot supermodels, such as Victoria’s Secret Angel, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covergirl and Harley-Davidson spokesmodel Marisa Miller. Miller has appeared in a number of promotional spots for The Motor Company in recent years, most notably for the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle and to support Harley-Davidson’s U.S. […] more
  • Erik Buell Racing Reveals 1190RS Details, Hints at Three New Models

    Erik Buell Racing has released new information about its upcoming 1190RS streetbike including pricing and hints of three new models, the RX, SX and AX. But first the 1190RS. First revealed back in February, the 2012 EBR 1190RS is the first new streetbike to carry Buell’s name since Harley-Davidson discontinued the original Buell Motorcycle brand. […] more
  • YouTuber pokes fun at Harley-Davidson [video]

    Here at Motorcycle.com we generally have nice things to say about Harley-Davidson products. But we also like a good joke. Especially when it’s full of biting sarcasm. This YouTuber and motorcycle enthusiast shows his support for Erik Buell and his… er…um… obvious disappoint with Harley’s decision to shutter Buell. We don’t endorse the tainted view […] more
  • Buell Assets Liquidation About to Begin

    In what is sure to be a painfully long and tortuous process for the former Buell Motorcycle Company (from Eric down to the graveyard shift janitor), the final act of its disassembly will be handled by Grand Rapids, Michigan – based Liquid Asset Partners. In a release from Liquid Assets, the company states the “liquidation […] more
  • Top Motorcycle News of 2009

    The year is coming to a close so let’s take a look back at the top stories of 2009 in the world of motorcycles after the jump. Buell Motorcycles Shut Down Harley-Davidson made the shocking announcement Oct. 15 it would discontinue Buell Motorcycles. Though Harley-Davidson’s financial struggles weren’t a surprise, the decision to shut down […] more
  • Last Buell Motorcycle Rolls Off the Line

    The mournful expressions on the Buell workers’ faces in this photo say more than words can. So long old friend. Harley-Davidson announced yesterday that the final bike built by Buell, a Lightning XB12Scg, rolled off the production line on October 30. This marked the 136,923th motorcycle built by Buell in its 26 years of operation. […] more
  • Buell Motorcycles Shut Down [video]

    Update Nov 13: Last Buell Motorcycle Rolls Off the Line An emotional Erik Buell has posted a video on the Buell Motorcycle site officially announcing that Harley-Davidson has shut down all Buell motorcycle production.  Harley-Davidson will honor all warranties for Buell owners, Buell dealers will still be selling the limited supply of bikes that are […] more
  • Fila-Ducati Monster Shoe Concept

    The above shoe rendering was created by Industrial Designer, Oliver Henrichot, who is based in Portland, OR, the concept was inspired by the Ducati Monster.  There is no word if it will ever make it into production but its still an amazing design. Hit the jump to see Henrichot’s Buell Scoop concept. more
  • Suspension Set-Up for the Buell 1125R [video]

    Jon Bunne, Buell’s Sr. Test Engineer, explains how to set-up your suspension on the Buell 1125R according to your riding style, preference and when riding with a passenger or heavy gear.  Bunne, recommends adjusting the suspension accordingly and demonstrates how to do just that by following the settings that are listed in the owner’s manual. […] more
  • The story behind the 2010 Buell Blast Motorcycle [video]

    If you haven’t heard, or have seen the new 2010 Buell Blast, you should check it out before viewing the video below. Buell has re-branded itself over the last month or so and have been taking a very close look at themselves.  Not only did they change their logo, but they decided to put to […] more
  • New 2010 Buell Blast has Impressive Specs

    Buell is getting their priorities straight these days, and nothing says this more then their new 2010 Buell Blast (pictured above). How do you ride that? You don’t. Buell has deemed the Buell Blast as “cute”, which does not fit in with their drive towards making the best and fastest sportbikes out there.  And so […] more
  • Buell Motorcycle Factory Looks like a Fun Place to Work! [Video]

    Motorcycle.com’s own Kevin Duke recently took a tour of Erik Buell’s “little” garage where Buell motorcycles are dreamed up and created and it looks like a mighty fine place to work! The Buell factory is a quite small operation but quite technically advanced, using high-tech testing facilities and computer programs to design, build, and test […] more
  • Top 10 Best Sportbikes of 2009

    Since it’s inception Motorcycle.com Specs has been the best place for bikers and enthusiasts (like you) to voice their opinions; there has been a lot to spout-off about too! Over 528 Motorcycle models have been updated for you to review in 2009 alone. It’s great to see what the Motorcycle Community has to say about […] more
  • Mac Motorcycles

    British motorcycle design studio Xenophya Design and product designer Ellis Pitt have teamed up to produce a new company, Mac Motorcycles. Based out of Upton-Upon-Severn in Worcestershire, England, Mac Motorcycles will produce a line of bikes powered by Buell’s air-cooled single cylinder 492cc engines used in the Blast, with a tubular backbone frame. On the […] more
  • Buell On Ice

    About 2.7 million years ago a meteorite crashed into Hälsingland, Sweden creating the Dellen lake system, which only freezes over once a year. On March 4th with temperatures at -10C, Craig Jones, riding a Buell 1125R complete with a nitrous oxide kit (an estimated extra 50bhp), reached a top speed of 148.7mph on a 1.1km […] more
  • D1200R Demonstrates Innovative Design

    What do you get when you combine a BMW R1200R and a Buell XB12? The D1200R! A former employee of Lamborghini by the name of Pablo González de Chaves Fernández has turned his attention from four wheels to two and has begun creating innovative design improvements to existing motorcycles with the help of Juan Elizalde […] more
  • Buell Motorcycle Ad. You Own the corners

    Think you know everything about motorcycles? Did you know Buell owns the patent for the ztl braking system (u.s. patent 6,561,298 b2), fuel-in-frame (u.s. patent 6,484,837 b1) and underslung exhaust (u.s. patent 6,267,193 b1)? Well they do, and now you know. Besides those tasty tidbits of information this commercial has some great footage of a […] more
  • College Pair Build Two-Wheel Clothes Dryer

    What could be considered this generation’s Harold and Kumar, a pair of Swarthmore College engineering students have designed and built an experimental hydrogen fuel cell-powered “motorcycle.” Sourcing parts from what looks to be an early generation Buell Lightning and the unearthed remnants of Robby the Robot, the duo may have just created the World’s quietest […] more

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