Saturday, October 04, 2008

2009 Buell 1125CR riding impression

The 2009 Buell 1125CR. It's an absolute blast...

MotorBox recently had the opportunity to test ride the new Buell 1125CR. Here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the machine:

Erik Buell always dreamt of getting his hands on a high-performance engine – something significantly more powerful than air-cooled Harley v-twins – because such an engine would unlock the true potential of Buell motorcycles. And with the liquid-cooled Rotax Helicon v-twin, which produces 146bhp at 9,800rpm and 111Nm of torque at 8,000rpm, that dream has come true…

The 1125CR’s Rotax mill, the same engine that’s also used on the 1125R, gets a freshly tweaked fuel-injection system for better low-rpm power delivery and reduced fuel consumption. The cooling system has also been fettled for better heat dissipation, and those who ride 1125CR now needn’t have their legs roasted.
The 2009 Buell 1125CR’s gearing has been altered for better low-rev acceleration, at the expense of a small loss in top speed – a step in the right direction. The swingarm is now 5mm longer, and is supposed to offer better high-speed stability.

It certainly won't beat litre-class repli-racers around a racetrack, but on the street, for having a few laughs, the Buell 1125CR is pretty cool...

The 1125CR’s chunky, muscular styling oozes testosterone, but this certainly isn’t a beautiful looking bike. The riding position reminds you of older Ducati Monsters, the spacious saddle lets you move around a bit till you find a position that’s comfortable for you, and the clutch and brake levers are adjustable.

On the move, the Buell 1125CR feels unexpectedly docile. At least in the beginning. But open up that throttle and you feel a direct connection between the accelerator and the rear wheel. And the six-speed gearbox is quiet, precise and quick.

The 1125CR can be hustled around corners pretty quickly. The bike’s aluminum perimeter frame, which also doubles as a fuel tank, mated to a 47mm USD fork at the front and monoshock at the back, works well. The Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tyres are excellent, and the 375mm single brake disc at the front, with its eight-piston calipers, is quite capable of hauling up the Buell in a hurry.

With its rather extreme steering geometry, the 1125CR is very agile and changes direction in a snap. But the surprising bit is that it also manages to remain stable at elevated speeds and remains planted in high-speed corners. The suspension, however, may benefit from some recalibration – the bike tends to hop around a bit when the roads get rough.

For the full ride report, visit the MotorBox website here

...and for Motocycle USA's road test of the Buell 1125CR, go here
Pics: Motorcycle USA


David said...

Everything about buell is just for laughs...makes me want to laugh.

There's more to cycling the low end torque and having something to park next to your ski boat for 11 months out of the year.

Fred said...

David said:

Everything about buell is just for laughs...makes me want to laugh.

There are a lot of competitors, including Ducati riders, who have lost races to the 1125R. I don't think that they are laughing.

There's more to cycling the low end torque and having something to park next to your ski boat for 11 months out of the year.

I rode a bit over 250 miles on my Buell yesterday and came home with my electric jacket liner on to keep me warm. I'm shipping the bike to California when I leave in a month and I'll be riding it there in November, December, and the first half of January before I return home. And I don't own a ski boat.

It sounds to me like you got spanked by someone on a Buell who rolled the throttle on and left you for dead. Feeling bitter?

Rick W said...

I used to ride a ZX-10 in the 1990s and then various GSX-Rs over the last few years. I now have a Buell 1125R and it flat out rocks. It's more impressive than anything else I've ridden recently. Make no mistake, Buell bikes are the real thing.

Fred said...

Rick W said...

I now have a Buell 1125R and it flat out rocks. It's more impressive than anything else I've ridden recently. Make no mistake, Buell bikes are the real thing.

Well-put. Buell has understood things about handling that the Japanese and Italians are just now picking up on. Buell was the first production bike to have an upside-down fork for lower unsprung mass. They were the first to put the muffler under the engine to lower the cG and centralize the mass. They invented the ZTL brakes to lower unsprung mass (lighter wheel, single disc and caliper). They put the fuel in the frame so that the rider does not have 25 pounds of sloshing around way above the cG of the bike. On the 1125 bikes, the swingarm doubles as the rear caliper mount. The belts that they use are much lighter than chains, require no adjustment, and last for the life of the bike.

Buells will never be understood by the average 20 year old sport bike buyer. Those are the riders who still don't grasp that the powerband that works best on the track seldom works best on the street (and vice-versa). The think that the measure of a sportbike is its performance on a track, drag strip, and dyno -- even though their bikes will be ridden almost entirely on public roads. They don't understand that the riding position that's most suited to 140mph on a track will not work well on the street (where your wrists, rather than the wind, support your weight and where you need to to be able to easily swivel your head to see traffic, pedestrians, deer, etc.).

Give them a decade or two. Many who survive will learn the difference between race bikes with lights and bikes optimized for riding fast on the road.

Chris said...

Fred i absolutely love you and your knowledge. i recently bought a CR in march and i havent been off of it since.

Chris Bazany said...

WOWOO! Liked your write-up on the 1125CR. Own one myself, I've own many Buells from ST3 to X1W to XB9,and I have to say I really love this one more. I sold my older X1W to a good friend and bought the 1125CR in Black and have not stopped riding it. My FLHT is getting jelous, and my friends who have Ducks and Aprilli's are down right upset because they paid to much for the same performance. Eric got it right and Harley will kick themselves later for it. Your readers already know if you can find one buy it! You will love yourself later for it!

Chris Bazany aka:Zany

Fred said...


Thanks for the kind words. Sadly, Buell is no more, but I picked up an 1125CR for a crazy-cheap price. It's an astounding motorcycle and I hope the Erik Buell Racing ends up with production rights for street-going versions of the 1125 bikes in the near future.



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