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Buell June 17, 2018 posted by

One of Almost 100 – 1992 Buell RSS1200

The big domestic iron is usually made in generous quantities, but in the early days at Buell they were handcrafted in a suburban Milwaukee quonset hut.  The early RSS1200 monoposto was made for only a couple of years and totalled just 98.  This original owner put on just 12,000 miles during the 25-plus years of caretaking and improvements.

1992 Buell RSS1200 for sale on eBay

Buell shoehorned the 1200cc Sporty motor into the Battletwin-derived frame, using the patented Isoplanar engine mounts to keep the mirrors usable.  Beside the Marzocchi forks with Buell anti-dive, many of the company's durable concepts are there - the oversize single front brake, underslung pull shock, and shorty SuperTrapp exhaust.  The super sport fairing shows off H-D's finest, and the seat fairing is cleaned up without the folding pillion backrest used on the RS.

A proud single owner started out with a prototypical Buell and has been updating as well as keeping the cosmetics pristine.  A lot of Harley-powered Buells have had engine work, but the stocker has plenty of torque.  Components from the factory are good but the eBay auction details changes to the oil supply and venting, fuel tank, primary drive, and ignition:

I have sorted this bike over the past 26 years of ownership. It does not leak, smoke or puke oil. The breathers have been re-routed so there is no oil mess from the aircleaner. The upgraded oil pump with improved scavenging was fitted. The famously leaky composite fuel tank has been permanently repaired by installing a custom made aluminum inner tank inside the original tank. I retained the original Buell electric fuel valves. This bike is fully operational and trustworthy. White Power suspension front and rear, Performance Machine wheels and front brake, Wilwood Gambler rear brake are all original fitment from the factory and are flawless. A Buell accessory carbon fibre air filter cover is installed. The original (ugly) chrome cover will be included. The bike retains its original paint and graphics. All in excellent shape. It rolls on Avon 3-D Ultra Supersport rubber. Always garaged, never run in the rain. It is probably one of the nicest fully operational RSS bikes in the country. It does not leak thanks to James metal gaskets in the top end. Factory oil cooler and temp gauge. A Hayden self adjusting primary chain tensioner was installed right after purchase. Thanks to a Screaming Eagle ignition module it runs smartly to red line in every gear giving a top speed of about 132 mile per hour.

Unable to repeal the law of gravity, the RSS was overweight but handled well enough for some spirited riding.  Not overly photographed and asking a pretty penny, so as good as it looks, an inspection is mandatory.  The Westwinds have pretty good lineage from Buell's early race machines, though this is more of a sporting fun machine.  Many ads and auctions say " fly in and ride it home " but this one looks like that would actually be something to think about...

-donn

One of Almost 100 – 1992 Buell RSS1200
Buell May 27, 2018 posted by

Bigtime Makeover – 1998 Buell M2 Cyclone

The Buell M2 Cyclone was their more vanilla model, a little heavier than the Lightning and without Thunderbolt touring gear.  This insider hotrod was featured in Cycle World and has an even torquier engine, Euro gearing and later bodywork.

1998 Buell M2 Cyclone for sale on eBay

The big Sporty engine aboard the M2 was already a torque monster, but comprehensive mods to this one's motor pushed displacement to 1426cc's ( or as U.S.-centric big twin fans like to hear it, 87 cubic inches ) with 106 hp and 92 ft.-lbs. torque at the rear wheel.  A firm grip on the mid-rise bars would be advised to keep the rider with the chrome-moly tube frame under acceleration.  Dual-adjustable suspension is by Showa, right-side-up forks and underslung pull shock.  The signature Buell attributes are all there, oversize single front disk brake, mass-centralizing muffler, and belt drive.  The headlight fairing at least makes a dent in the wind, and the generous M2 console is a couch compared to the seat on the Lightning.

 

Evidently in the collection of the engine developer since the build, this M2 shows only 9,492 miles and has been carefully stored.  Beefier rear swingarm and front brake caliper appear to have been upgraded to Mk. 2.  The motor work done is truly too much to list, but the owner reviews the project in the eBay auction:

We decided to modify a Cyclone as a test bike for a Cycle World magazine article.  I wanted to use the European transmission geared version because of superior gear ratio spacing; Erik sourced one for me with about 8,500 miles on it, and the transformation was on.   Current mileage is 9,500.

The decision for this project was made in the ‘98 year, so I worked mainly on the engine. When I was done, Erik’s crew updated the chassis to ’99 specs, and updated the body panels to “Reactor Yellow” over the “Nuclear Blue” frame.

I also changed the front engine mount to make the mount bolt perpendicular to the engine rotation point at the rear of the transmission/swing arm pivot, resulting in a much smoother ride experience.

The bike has been carefully garaged in a climate-controlled building; and covered to prevent dust accumulation.  Clear title.

 

Like so many listings, this one required a closer look and has only one day to run.  A sleeper like this appears over-priced but for some will be a signed one-of-one, and might require another round on eBay to be successful.  The Buell tubers are revered for their raw simplicity, and the M2 is a nice balance, this one with an uncompromising powerplant and professional build quality.

-donn

Bigtime Makeover – 1998 Buell M2 Cyclone
Buell January 23, 2018 posted by

Strange Pursuit – 1991 Buell RS1200

Early on at Buell, Erik was transitioning to road machines, lining up dealers, arranging drive-trains with Harley, and a couple of hundred was a successful model.  A break in the weather ( or maybe the no-reserve auction ) has generated some interest in this low-mile RS1200.

1991 Buell RS1200 for sale on eBay

The RS1200 is based on the Battletwin and used the big Sporty V-twin.  Early Buell concepts like the uniplanar engine mounts, underslung pull-shock and mass-centralizing Supertrapp exhaust are on display, but later fuel and oil tank ideas and ZTL brakes were still a gleam in the founder's eye.  The bike also has anti-dive Marzocchi forks, house-designed alloy wheels, and a racy but peculiar pillion seat, which contained the passenger in response to the torque of the 4-speed Screamin' Eagle 1200.

With under 12,000 miles, this Buell is in between regular riders, but the Kansas owner has had it tuned up and save a spring for the rear brake ( pedal return ? ) gives it a clean bill of health.  Corbin could do a quick re-cover on the seat and a day at the spa would do the pearl white body a world of good.

From the eBay auction:

Selling my RS1200 Buell. 1991 model. Early Buell. About only 200 of these RS models were ever made. Clear and open Kansas title In hand. 

Just under 12k miles on it. Runs and rides excellent. Brand new tune up, battery etc. 
I have a video of it running if you wish. Send me your email address and I can email it to you. 
All the lights and horns and dash lights work as needed. Only thing I see it needs it spring is loose on rear brake and never took time to fix it up so it’s not working. Front brake works perfect. Tires are good.
The paint and fiberglass work is in pretty good shape. This is a fairly rare and desired Buell.

Pre-dating H-D's financial interest in the company, the RS1200 was substantially hand-built and the short chassis got high marks for sharp handling.  Also the fairing, expansive enough to protect a full-size rider in the RS's relaxed riding position.  The MSRP was $15K, quite a number in 1991, and bidding is surprisingly active for an auction with six days to run, but a no-reserve auction can excite.  As can a January thaw's promise of spring, and thoughts of a flat Kansas two-lane and a bargain on a big loud 1200...

-donn

Strange Pursuit – 1991 Buell RS1200
Buell December 18, 2017 posted by

Fundamentally – 1996 Buell S1 Lightning with 23 Miles !

When introduced in 1996, the S1 Lightning was a little easier on the bank account and slightly improved in the power-to-weight department.  Way back to basics, this all original Lightning has just 23 miles and needs only a new collector.

1996 Buell S1 Lightning for sale on eBay

Buell's second production motorcycle, the S1 incorporates some usual Buell features like the 1203cc Sporty engine with belt drive, patented isoplanar engine mounts, tube frame, with horizontal pull-shock and muffler.  The later rim-diameter front disk brake is hinted at but this single disk is more conventional.  Undersized bikini fairing, fuel tank, and passenger seat all indicate a short-haul fun machine, and the 101 hp / 95 ft.-lbs. drivetrain made shifting the 5-speed more or less optional.

Right down to the rarely seen plastic rear fender, this Buell really is new-old-stock.  The owner indicates it was originally in the collection of Robert Petersen, publisher of Hot Rod, Motorcyclist, and many other magazines.  Pictures show it to be spotless through the glare.  From the eBay auction:

This is the cleanest Buell you will ever find. It has just 23 miles on yes 23 it had 11 on it when it left the Peterson museum and was serviced and they test rode it for 12 miles. I have not started it but the factory battery still has a charge. The fuel was drained. This bike is as it left the factory. Not a mark on it anywhere and the paint is as bright as it was at the day it left the factory as its never been outside.

Buell had their ups and downs, but a surprisingly long and innovative run from the Battletwin to the 1125R some 22 years later.  The S1 was only made for a few years, and around 5,000 examples.  Outdated when introduced, the S1 vibrated to the potato-potato beat, and was somewhat overweight for being naked.  But beloved by some for its brawny basic-ness.  No doubt there is a H-D dealer or collector who'll want this first-year S1 for the display stand...

-donn

Fundamentally – 1996 Buell S1 Lightning with 23 Miles !
Buell October 16, 2017 posted by

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT

One of Buell's last Harley-powered models, the XB12 Super TT has a slightly longer and more stable XB2 chassis, powered by the 1203cc pushrod twin.  Styled as a super / hyper street machine, it's a great performer and snappy dresser.

2007 Buell XB12 Super TT for sale on eBay

Part of the XB2 upgrade was more fuel in the frame, and the STT has 4.4 gallons available.  The familiar Sportster powerplant is shrouded in the alloy perimeter frame, with Buell's Thunderstorm heads and downdraft fuel injection providing 103 hp and 84 ft.-lbs. torque. Showa suspension is fully adjustable and the signature 6-piston Zero Torque Load front brake provides a visual statement as well as great stopping power.  The binnacle fairing has a number plate look to it, as do the panels below the seat, adding to the short, spare, lightweight look.

The Illinois owner has put under 3,000 miles on this STT, and has kept it very clean, and apparently upgraded the suspension and seat, but doesn't shout about it in the eBay auction:

SUPER NICE ORIGINAL CONDITION NOT MUCH TO SAY OTHER THAN THESE ARE RARE AND IN MY OPINION THE NICEST LIGHTNING THAT THEY MADE. THE BIKE NEEDS NOTHING OTHER THAN A NEW HOME. I HAVE A FEW EXTRAS THAT ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SALE AS ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOW. I MIGHT HAVE A FEW MORE MILES ON BIKE AS I WILL TAKE A COUPLE SHORT RIDES BEFORE STORING IT FOR THE WINTER.

The black forks are at least a cosmetic improvement, and the owner shows a more road-oriented white front fender on the spares page, which would be going on first thing if it were mine.  While the overall design might be an acquired taste, the STT reviewed as a great fun bike, no more or less practical than any other hyper, but the big torque makes it a leave-it-in-drive kind of ride.  Fully sorted might be a good way to describe the XB2, a mature though innovative frame design and bombproof Evo motor, along with Buell's funky solutions to some age-old motorcycle design issues...

-donn

 

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT
Buell September 7, 2017 posted by

Last Great American Hero: 2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Before it was clear that Erik Buell's attempts at a comeback after a messy divorce from Harley Davidson would come to naught, he gave the world a string of wild, no-holds-barred open-class sportbikes that only he could have dreamed up.

2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition for sale on eBay

Bucking convention as was his way, Buell stuck with the v-twin engines that had defined his work under the umbrella of Harley, only on the remix he used Rotax mills that proved to be better at making big power than the heavy-but-torquey plants that came from Milwaukee.

The 2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition was the apex of the brand's technological arc, a moonshot for a company that was rapidly passing the point of no return. It was in the days before AMA SuperBike gave way to MotoAmerica, and EBR was still able to field a racing effort.

Instead of building a homologation bike with racing graphics and a few key inferior parts, Buell built 44 units of the road-going 1190RS with thicker base gaskets, a street-friendly muffler and ECU and retarded the cam timing. That was it. The result was a 175-horsepower road bike that weighed well under 400 pounds without gas.

If you were brave, you could opt for the cacophonous track muffler, which meant the bike tipped the scales at just 397 pounds. With a full tank of gas. And a full charging system. And a license plate.

The 1190 RS Carbon Fiber Edition you see here, the 26th bike in the run of 44, spent its life in a dealership, and the seller alludes to some degree of well-documented intrigue surrounding its story, though provides nothing to back it up.

Whatever the case, it has covered a scant 89 miles over the last five years, and it shows. A video is included in the full description from the eBay listing:

Ride it like you stole it! #26

Rare opportunity awaits to purchase one of the finest crafted American sportbike ever engineered. Simply put, 1190RS Carbon Edition motorcycle is Erik Buell’s masterpiece. Of of 44 Carbon Editions built, this #26 collectors bike stands out amongst the crowd. EBR spared no expensive designing this work of art, which was hand-built with the finest components. While the 1190RS is already one of the finest superbikes ever built, this particular bike is truly one of a kind, crafted with the utmost attention to detail including the lightest magnesium wheels in the world and Track-Day exhaust option, both upgrades on the original design. Eric felt such pride in this bike, it adorns his golden signature.

Not only is the EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition rare, but #26 has a colorful story to tell, one of embezzlement, lies, and a lavish lifestyle of rare motor vehicles. #26 was a show room model at Reno Powersports KC and it still maintains its original shine and luster and sits pretty with only 89 total odometer miles.

-Less than 100 1190RS bikes ever made (even less with the carbon edition (44))

-Only EBR 1190 RS Carbon with a rich history and documents to support it.

-ORIGINAL factory Magnesium wheels (lightest in the world) to minimize unsprung weight.

-ORIGINAL Track-Day exhaust (Buell claims curb weight is 384 lbs. with the street-legal, dual-chamber exhaust. With the optional track-day exhaust shown here, it's said to weigh just 369 lbs. motorcyclistonline.com, By Aaron Frank, June 16, 2011)
-Authentic Signature on the tail of the bike by Eric Buell himself (Only a couple I know have this)

With upgrades, the bike totaled over $50,000 MSRP. Clean title.

Buyer is responsible for arranging shipment from Portland, OR.

Specs:

Engine: 1191 CC four stroke, 72 degree V twin with DOHC, capable of producing 146 HP to 175 HP @ optimum RPM ranges. Liquid Cooled

Frame: Aluminum with integral fuel reservoir and aluminum rear swing-arms. Front Suspension uses Ohlins inverted fork. Front brake is a 03.75mm finned rotor with eight pistons and has a cooling duct.

Rear brake uses a 240mm disc with a two piston floating caliper. Front tire Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa 120/70ZRx17”, rear tire 120/70ZRx17”. Rims are light weight spoke alloys and the transmission is a 6 speed and is chain driven.

Controls: Black Accossoto with black rubber grips, digital instrument package.

Exterior: Factory front faring with racing windscreen and tail that are fabricated and unpainted carbon fiber. The tail section has Erik Buell’s signature. Turn signals and taillights utilize LED’s the dual headlights are HID. Black, foam rubber seat.

Video of bike running:

Specs from erikbuellracing.com:

Engine

Type

Liquid cooled V twin

Bore X Stroke

4.17 x 2.66 (106 x 67.5 mm)

Displacement

72.6 cu 1190 CC

Compression Ratio

13.6 :1

Fuel Delivery

Dual 61mm throttle bodies

Exhaust

Primary + Secondary

Peak Torque

97 ft-lbs @ 9400 rpm

Peak Horsepower

175 hp @ 9750 rpm
Drivetrain

Primary Drive

Gear, 36/65

Final Drive

520 Chain, 16/41

Clutch

Wet multi-plate, slipper

Transmission Ratios:

1st

2.46

2nd

1.75

3rd

1.38

4th

1.17

5th

1.04

6th

0.96

Dimensions

Seat Height

30.5″ (775 mm)

Rake

22

Trail

3.4″ (86 mm)

Lean Angle

55

Front Tire

120/70R- 17

Rear Tire

190/55R-17

Fuel Capacity

4.5 gal (17.1 L)

Wet Weight (No Fuel)

389 lbs (176 kg)
Chassis

Frame

Aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir

Swingarm

Optimized stiffness aluminum

Front Suspension

43 mm Öhlins inverted fork, adjustable compression damping, rebound damping adjustable spring preload

Rear Suspension

Öhlins fully adjustable TTX coil over monoshock with remote reservoir

Front Wheel

3.5″ x 17″ aluminum

Rear Wheel

6.0″ x 17″ aluminum

Front Brake

ISO finned rotor, 8 piston caliper with cooling duct

It isn't exactly a Britten V1000 in terms of rarity or panache, but it represents the apex and the downfall of one of the only true American sportbike manufacturers. With a week left and a Buy-It-Now set well under the $40,000 MSRP, for the right well-heeled collector this could be a serious score.

Last Great American Hero: 2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition