Sunday, July 08, 2007

2008 Buell 1125R: Serious performance!

The 2008 Buell 1125R. Its BRP-Rotax v-twin makes 146bhp
2008 Buell 1125R video. This bike should be awesome...

Buell have announced their new sportsbike – the 1125R – today. In the past, Buell motorcycles have been a bit hard to figure out – they used slow-revving Harley engines, but the chassis, suspension and braking systems were fairly unconventional and very sports-oriented. A strange mix...

1125R - the first Buell streetbike with a liquid-cooled engine

Anyway, moving on, the all-new Buell 1125R is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1125cc, 72-degree v-twin built by BRP-Rotax, that makes 146 horsepower at 9800rpm. The bike gets a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch, belt drive, and an updated version of Buell’s trademark single-disc brake (mounted at the wheel rim rather than the hub) system at the front. The aluminium twin-spar chassis doubles up as the fuel tank and the bike weighs 170kg dry. The 1125R will be in US dealerships by the end of this year and is expected to cost about US$12,000. More details on the Buell website here.

Cycle World's tech guru, Kevin Cameron takes a look at the Buell 1125R here, and Motorcycle-USA has an interesting story on the evolution of Buell Motorcycles here (you may also want to have a look at their report on 2008 Harley-Davidsons here) and here's an interview with Erik Buell, on The Kneeslider. Finally, also look at what Kenn Stamp at 2WF has to say about the bike, here.

Update (24.08.07): Here's MCN's test report on the Buell 1125R.

Also see:
Hi-res Buell wallpaper
The 2007 Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT
The 2007 Buell XBRR racer
The 2007 Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss...
Fischer MRX650 riding impression

Should be interesting to see how this Buell does against, say, a GSX-R750... :-)
Fringe benefits of owning a Buell: People are willing to help you clean your bike!

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