2009 Buell Motorcycles Unveiled
Highlights include improved fuel economy and the release of the café racer 1125CR
Steps away from the deconstructed Berlin Wall, Buell’s Director of Product Communication, Paul James, released the new café racer today among the entire 2009 model line.
In an effort to present the newest of Buell’s American sportbikes to the world press, the manufacturer brought us to Germany to present in high style the worldly café racer 2009 1125CR.
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. With parts of the 1125 CR manufactured in China, Italy, Germany and more, the global synergy of buyer, builder and supplier has blurred into one package.
The Buell 1125CR
A café racer for the 21st century - the new 1125CR nods respectfully to the past with clubman bars, flyscreen and a tail cowl, while a 146-hp, liquid-cooled Buell Helicon 1125 V-Twin engine and Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) deliver the performance and handling of a modern superbike. Final-drive gearing has been lowered about eight percent from the 1125R to optimize acceleration. Its sinister styling will make this bike unmistakable on the street.
New on Buell XB Streetfighters
Buell XB Lightning Streetfighters, powered by an air-cooled Thunderstorm V-Twin, get a menacing new look thanks to a blacked-out frame, forks, engine and other components. Lightning models powered by the Thunderstorm 1203 engine upgrade to the Buell ZTL front brake with four-pad, eight-piston caliper - a design that debuted on the 1125R in 2008. The XB12Ss gets fitted with the same supermoto-inspired suspension as the 2008 XB12STT, and the new seat on the 2009 XB9SX lowers the seat height by 1.3-inches.
New on Buell Sportbikes
The Buell 1125R, powered by the 146-hp, liquid-cooled Buell Helicon 1125cc V-Twin engine, is available in new body and wheel colors and with tinted windscreens for 2009. The 1125R and 1125CR models models for 2009 also gained targeted fuel injectors, relocated O2 sensors along with updated engine spark and fuel maps. The combination of these features offers improved drivability below 6,000 rpm, crisper throttle response, improved heat management, and significantly improved fuel economy. The updated engine spark and fuel maps will also be made available for 2008 1125R models.
The Firebolt XB12R, powered by the air-cooled Thunderstorm 1203cc V-Twin, has a new blacked-out frame, swingarm, powertrain, forks and other components. The performance of the 12R is even better in 2009 with the addition of the eight-piston Buell ZTL front brake, and new high-performance Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tires.
New on Buell Adventure Sportbikes
The sport-touring Buell Ulysses XB12XT, introduced mid-year 2008, joins the versatile, all-road Ulysses XB12X in the 2009 Buell Adventure Sportbike category. Both models feature new aluminum footpegs with an aggressive sawtooth pattern. The new Buell Ulysses Police XB12XP is a “special duty” motorcycle intended for government agencies and private security firms requiring a quick and very nimble pursuit-and-patrol vehicle. It comes equipped with a special wiring harness for easy installation of an Emergency Response Kit, which includes special compact, hard-shell top and side cases, a siren, and LED police pursuit lamps.
New Drive Belt
All 2009 Buell XB models will be fitted with a new, more durable Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology, the same belt technology that was originally developed for the Buell 1125R.
Economical Buell Blast
The easy-handling and affordable Buell Blast inspires confidence in new riders. Powered by a 34-horsepower, 492cc single-cylinder engine, the 360 lb Blast can achieve 73 mpg highway fuel economy. The Blast is the training vehicle for the Rider’s Edge New Rider course, which has trained more than 100,000 riders since 2000. For 2009, the Blast is offered in new Sunfire Yellow and Midnight Black, both with Stardust Silver wheels.
The Buell Lightning XB12S and Lightning Super TT XB12STT will not be produced for 2009.