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    The first "real" American brand sport bike?


    The Buell Motorcycle Company is set to break the convention in the superbike category with the Buell 1125R, an all-new, liter-class motorcycle that delivers an artful balance of street and track performance. Rooted in the core design principles and character that have defined Buell motorcycles for 25 years, the 1125R offers power, handling and agility that will take its owner to a new level of riding experience.

    The Buell 1125R riding experience derives not just from its power, but from a carefully considered combination of engine performance, precise-and-agile handling, advanced aerodynamics, and superior rider environment and control, all packaged with distinctive styling that leaves many of the motorcycle's mechanical components exposed.

    The Buell 1125R Helicon engine is a new 1125cc DOHC V-Twin, the first liquid-cooled engine to power a street-legal Buell motorcycle. This compact, 72-degree engine is the result of collaboration between Buell and BRP-Rotax, a leader in the development and manufacture of advanced engines for recreational products. The most-powerful street-legal engine ever offered by Buell, the Helicon engine is rated at 146 crankshaft horsepower, and is designed to deliver optimized usable power, with a broad powerband across its 10500 rpm range. Its V-Twin design retains the styling and character that has always defined the Buell riding experience. ;D

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    Re: The first "real" American brand sport bike?

    Interesting that it uses a Rotax engine - at last Erik Buell's had to admit that you can't build a credible sports bike with a tractor engine? ;D

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    Re: The first "real" American brand sport bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand
    Interesting that it uses a Rotax engine - at last Erik Buell's had to admit that you can't build a credible sports bike with a tractor engine? ;D
    That's pretty much it!

    The Harley V-twin is great for a cruiser-type bike; it has good low end torque, for one - which you want with a heavy bike like the typical Harley. But it is not a high-rpm engine and even when tuned for performance it feels crude compared with Japo DOHC fours.

    I like this new bike a lot, actually. It has very distinctive looks - and with the Rotax engine and the suspension/brakes it offers, it seems like it ought to be very competitive with the best Japo liter-class sport bikes.

    I may have to go look one over!

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    Re: The first "real" American brand sport bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand
    Interesting that it uses a Rotax engine - at last Erik Buell's had to admit that you can't build a credible sports bike with a tractor engine? ;D
    Beast should really fly.........I associate Rotax with aircraft (ultralight)
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    Re: The first "real" American brand sport bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand
    Interesting that it uses a Rotax engine - at last Erik Buell's had to admit that you can't build a credible sports bike with a tractor engine? ;D
    Beast should really fly.........I associate Rotax with aircraft (ultralight)
    I've read a few road tests and the acclaim is pretty universal; the thing should move out pretty damn well given 150-plus hp!

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