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2009 Buell 1125R
It's a sad day in Wisconsin. Buell Motorcycle Company will discontinue production. Erik Buell founded Buell Motorcycle Company in 1983, it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc. since 1998. In 26 years more than 135,000 Buell motorcycles were produced. Buell motorcycles have won many awards for innovative design features. Buell also won the 2009 AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship. Click here to continue...
Track day road test impressions of the 2009 Buell 1125CR and 1125R
(If you are interested in reading about the track day session, see our Buell Inside Pass track day article).
The Buell 1125R and Buell 1125CR
The 1125R (introduced in 2008) and the new-for-2009 1125CR represent a radical departure for Buell–no matter how much they evolved the Sportster-derived motors, Buell would always encounter resistance to the 'paint shaker' image of the legacy motor design: though torquey and tractable, many sporting riders prefer modern power delivery, higher redlines, slicker-shifting gearboxes. It shouldn't surprise anyone to find that tech bits like double overhead cams, multiple valves per cylinder, stratospheric redlines, peak horsepower, close-ratio gearboxes and other spec-sheet details are the stuff of bench-racing sessions, whether or not they have a significant impact on a given rider's street or track results.
Major differences: the 1125CR has 8 percent lower gearing than the 1125R, 76/27 (2.815:1) vs. 70/27 (2.593:1). The 1125CR’s clubman-style handlebars seem farther forward than the 1125R’s bars, resulting in a longer reach.Click here to continue...
Ken Hill rips up Infineon Raceway on a factory-stock Buell 1125R
We were there that day (though riding in a different class, naturally.) This video conveys the excitement of riding Infineon at speed. An added bonus: you get a fine seat-of-the-pants feel for the Buell 1125R's performance and handling abilities.Click here to continue...
Two street riders take a run at Buell’s Inside Pass Track Day
I’m a longtime street rider, since the mid-‘70s when the café racer craze was taking hold in Northern California. I never got into that scene, though: hanging my butt off the bike seemed just too weird at the time. I was more of a pleasure rider but enjoyed pushing my luck by riding fast on my first street bike, a 1975 Honda CB400F.
I confess: I've done one motorcycle track day in my life, at Laguna Seca in the mid-‘90s. I rode my ‘93 Honda VFR750 shod with Metzeler street tires, and the bike handled as well as could be expected given its bulk and my abilities. I spent most of my time alternating between the sheer thrill of being on the track, and momentary fear as I tried to deal with the unfamiliar environment: safety crews, corner markers, braking points, and other riders. I recall nearly running off the track on the corkscrew exit, because I made the mistake of following another rider's line. Note to self: Choose your own line and stick with it, don't lock on to the rider in front of you.
Since that day, I’ve read both Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook and A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding, as well as Ienatsch’s excellent Sport Riding Techniques. I've tried to apply what I’ve learned from them: attention and traction budgets, turn-in points, cornering techniques, throttle and braking skills, and yes, a modest amount of ‘body English’—applying Ienatsch's guidance on pushing the outside knee up against the tank, sliding from one side to the other around the turns, just to see how it felt—and it felt good. Moving to the inside of the bike during cornering definitely raised my comfort level. Even so, I've not developed a persistent habit of hanging off the bike in turns.
No matter how much street riding I do or how confident I've become, there are things I won't do on the street. As a result, my ability to gain and improve critical sport riding skills is limited unless I can practice in a controlled environment, with input from other experienced riders. Yeah, I can do some of that on the street, but I'm far too aware of my own mortality to push the envelope much.
Over the years I've wanted to return to the track to improve my street skills and raise my confidence level. Work, family, budget, and web site development duties conspired to consume all available resources, so I've not returned. It's been so long since my first and only track day that I might as well be a complete beginner.
So, now you're in on my dirty little secret.Click here to continue...
2009 Buell 1125CRRead our first impression of the 2009 Buell 1125CR (and 1125R).
The Buell 1125CR is new for 2009 with naked styling and clubman-style handlebar give a respectful nod to the nostalgic era of café racers. A 146-hp liquid-cooled V-Twin engine is geared for acceleration.
Sophisticated technology. The 1125CR, Erik Buell’s 21st century interpretation of the classic café racer, is a new motorcycle that defies convention and expands the street fighter category in the direction of superbike performance.Click here to continue...