Categories: Church of MO
February 5, 2023
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Church of MO: 2009 Buell 1125R Daytona SportBike Review

It feels weird being back at the Church desk after some time away. John did such a masterful job reviving stories and bikes from the past. This particular Church feature is especially weird on several fronts. First is the fact that it’s a Buell. But it’s not just any Buell, it’s an 1125R. And not just any 1125R – it’s an 1125R race bike that campaigned in the Daytona Sportbike series, otherwise known as the Supersport category when DMG was running “professional” motorcycle racing in America before MotoAmerica took over. This particular bike, seen here piloted by former E-i-C Kevin Duke, was piloted by Michael Barnes. Its sister bike, in the hands of Danny Eslick, would go on to win the championship that year. 

Republishing test also brings back some memories because I was there, riding with Kevin, when I was employed at a rival publication. Anyway, here’s Kevin telling his story of what it was like to twist the grip on this unusual race bike.

2009 Buell 1125R Daytona SportBike Review