The 1125R joins the XB and Blast as a third Buell motorcycle platform. The Buell 1125R Helicon engine is a new Rotax-designed 1125cc DOHC V-Twin, the first liquid-cooled engine to power a street-legal Buell motorcycle. Motorcycle.com reported on the first ride on this historic Buell in August of this year, noting that the bike had copious amount of linear torque, great stability in handling and lots of character. But the pre-production units tested at that time weren't without some nagging flaws. Most noticeable was the surging fueling and rather firm fork spring.
According to Paul James, Director of Product Communications these issues and others have been resolved on the production models.
It should go without saying, but this motorcycle represents a dream come to fruition for the man whose name graces these machines. “Seeing the first 1125R come off the line marks the start of a significant new era for everyone at Buell,” said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. “The 1125R is designed and built from the rider down to take Buell to a new performance level. As we look forward, we will continue to embrace and enhance our fundamental vision of motorcycle design that offers the ultimate riding experience.”
The first 1125R motorcycles are expected to arrive at U.S. Buell dealers in November. The serial number one Buell 1125R will become part of Buell’s history, saved for the Harley-Davidson Museum, which opens in 2008.