2008 Buell Motorcycle Range
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Company Notes 25 Years of Building American Sport Motorcycles
Two major milestones will mark the 2008 model year for the Buell Motorcycle Company. As Buell celebrates its 25th year of building innovative American sport motorcycles, it also makes a significant move into a new category with the launch of the Buell® 1125R, an all-new high-performance sportbike that’s as original as Erik Buell himself.
The Buell 1125R, powered by an 1125cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, is the first model constructed for an all-new Buell platform, and is one of seven models in a 2008 Buell line-up that also includes five bikes in the Lightning streetfighter family and the XB12X Ulysses® adventure sportbike.
For a quarter-century, Erik Buell and the Buell Motorcycle Company have been devoted to the idea of building the world’s best-handling sport motorcycles. Never one to pay much attention to convention, Buell let his engineering intuition guide him down the path of innovation with attitude. For Buell, it’s always been about creating motorcycles that enhance the riding experience, because it all starts from the rider down.
“In 1983, I set out to build a world-class American racing motorcycle,” said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. “That project turned out to be the first step on a journey of many exciting twists and turns for the Company and our riders. It’s really perfect timing to be able to celebrate a significant anniversary in a year when we launch the Buell 1125R, a motorcycle that applies all of the lessons we’ve learned over a quarter-century, and rolls out new ideas and innovation. I think the Buell 1125R delivers a combination of performance, intuitive handling and comfort that will redefine the sportbike riding experience.”
Buell Highlights for 2008 25 Years of American Sport Motorcycles
To note the 25th anniversary of Erik Buell’s founding of the Buell Motorcycle Company in 1983, most 2008 Buell models will carry a commemorative badge featuring Erik’s signature.
Introducing the Buell® 1125R (see separate releases for more detail)
An all-new model set to break the convention of the sportbike category, the Buell 1125R is powered by the Buell 1125R Helicon™ engine, an 1125cc liquid-cooled V-Twin powertrain cradled in a Buell Intuitive Response Chassis®. Helicon was specified and designed in partnership with BRP-Rotax®, one of the premier recreational engine manufacturers in the world. Utilising the Buell Trilogy of Tech principles and computer-modeled aerodynamics, the 1125R is designed to deliver the precise handling that Buell has relentlessly pursued for 25 years with a new level of engine performance. Buell and BRP-Rotax developed this powertrain to meet a customer experience specification, combining power output with contribution to overall performance. The Buell 1125R is expected to arrive in Buell dealerships in late 2007.
Thunderstorm™ V-Twin Updates (see separate releases for more detail)
Buell advances the performance of its air/oil/fan-cooled Thunderstorm V-Twin engine series with a larger crank pin, an improved oiling system, and a new electronic timing system and ECM that controls an all new DDFI 3 fuel injection system. Combined, these changes enhance durability and reduce service maintenance costs. The Thunderstorm V-Twin engine powers all models in the Buell XB platform.
New Front End on XB12X Ulysses® (see separate releases for more detail)
The XB12X Ulysses adventure sport model has new 47mm inverted front forks and more robust off-set triple clamps that reduce fork flex under hard braking. Steering sweep is increased from 54 to 74 degrees for improved low-speed manoeuverability, and the Ulysses now comes with standard heated hand grips.