Erik Buell Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - (March 6, 2002) Erik Buell, chairman and chieftechnical officer of Buell Motorcycle Company was inducted into theNational Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame during Daytona Bike Week.Recognized as a leader in the industry, Buell joins other legends such asWillie G. Davidson, Jim Davis and Joe Parkhurst, all previous inducteesinto the Hall of Fame.

As America's premier designer of sportbikes, Buell has hada long history of developing motorcycles that fuel the passion and stirthe soul. He began his career designing motorcycles while attending theUniversity of Pittsburgh and working his way through school as a mechanicand custom bike builder...

Fueling his passion even further, Buell startedroad racing in 1973 and was up to professional status within a few years.

By 1984, Buell was building Formula One class racers at his homein rural Wisconsin. Just as Buell was beginning to make a name forhimself, the American Motorcyclist Association eliminated Formula Oneracing and the market for his motorcycles. After six more years workingas an independent manufacturer, Buell realized he needed a partner.Harley-Davidson, Inc. bought the majority interest in Buell MotorcycleCompany in 1998, with Buell staying on as chairman and chief technicalofficer.

Constantly rethinking the industry is what has set Buell, and themotorcycles with his name embossed on them, apart from the otherubiquitous sportbikes. Design philosophies of mass centralization, lowunsprung weight and frame rigidity have allowed Buell to create theultimate streetfighters.

The National Motorcycle Museum was founded in 1988 to promote themotorcycling industry and to preserve its history. The Hall of Fame wasorganized to recognize people who have contributed to the role ofmotorcycling in terms of industry, promotion, leadership and competition.A voting committee consisting of motorcycle enthusiasts from across theUnited States selected this year's winners.

To learn more about Buell Motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealertoday and experience the pure streetfighter attitude, style andperformance only found onboard a Buell. Call 1-800-4909-9635 for theBuell dealer nearest you, or pull into

Get in your Inbox
Brent Avis
Brent Avis

More by Brent Avis

Join the conversation