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Buell July 13, 2016 posted by

Tube-Framed Twin: 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone for Sale

2002 Buell Cyclone L Side

Patriotic bike enthusiast, racer, and entrepreneur Erik Buell had a dream: to make an all-American sportbike. That would have been nearly impossible for a small-timer to do if he’d insisted on creating an engine from scratch to power the bike, so Buell took a proven, iconic American motor and stuck it into his new motorcycle. The first-generation Buells were strikingly styled, but very odd. They worked pretty well but had a cobbled-together look and feel that didn’t appeal to mainstream buyers. This Buell M2 Cyclone is from the second “tube-frame” generation and has a spare, café-racer style a bit like an American Monster. When new, these did come in a number of wild color combinations, including the white-framed “White Lightning” version that had blue ceramic-coated headers. So not really bikes for shrinking violets.

2002 Buell Cyclone Clocks

The Harley Davidson 45° v-twin has a number of shortcomings, but a lack of character isn’t one of them. These things do feel very alive and, for many motorcycle fans, there’s no substitute for the “potato-potato” exhaust note and classic motorcycle sensations of the classic pushrod twin. It’s a pretty ideal engine for a roadbike, with mounds of torque from just off idle and a lazy feel that helps you relax a bit while your hands buzz into numbness… It’s relatively narrow as well, although the non-unit gearbox negates that advantage somewhat: it’s narrow between your knees leaves your feet splayed out to the sides. It makes plenty of power too: 91hp and 85ft-lbs of torque and a dry weight of 435lbs mean effortless motive force at pretty much any rpm.

2002 Buell Cyclone Front Wheel

The biggest problem is that the package is incredibly heavy, which is fine for a bagger designed to cruise the highways, but not so great for a lightweight roadster designed to carve up backroads and racetracks. But Buell used a number of tricks to keep weight down to reasonable levels, and the attention to detail on the tube-framed bikes is pretty impressive: heim-jointed rods control engine vibration, a compact rear suspension arrangement to keep the wheelbase short, and an exhaust packaged under the engine keeps the center-of-gravity... Centered.

2002 Buell Cyclone Tank

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone for Sale

Very rare 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone with the famed Harley 1203cc motor (well known to go into the 100,000 mile range with very little maintenance). Maintained by Harley mechanic. Clean title in hand. Never down, tipped over, or ridden foolishly. Extremely low miles (3,956). Starts, rides, sounds amazing. Owned by a mid-40s motorcycle collector who takes very good care of motorcycles. It is highly unlikely you will ever see another one being ridden near you and if you do, it likely will not be in the condition this great motorcycle is in. Needs nothing but a rider.

I am selling because I am buying investment real estate and putting the money towards that purchase.

Harley riders love this bike. Sport bike riders love this bike. It gets more comments and compliments from both the Harley guys and sport bike guys than any bike I've ever owned. Harley guys wave at me while riding it. Sport bike guys, too. It is a very rare bike that has a coveted spot in motorcycle appreciation by millions of riders.

There are no stories. It is a very rare, spectacular motorcycle, that is a joy to ride and to talk about with other riders who comment on it frequently. It runs 10/10. Compared to other similar year Buells, it looks 8/10 and I tend to be overly critical compared to most riders.

The seller also includes a list of recent services and modifications that have been done. This orange-framed machine is very striking, and appears to be in very nice, original condition with low miles. Only those tacky carbon-look short turn signals let the appearance down. Seriously: you stick a $20 pair of JC Whitney bits on your pride and joy? Plenty of manufacturers make affordable and classy bits if you want to get rid of the stock units.

2002 Buell Cyclone Front Wheel

Buells always generate plenty of controversy when we post them, and it's easy to see why: on paper, these bikes just don’t make all that much sense and the in-your-face styling is very love-it or hate-it. Except for that hideous airbox. That's just hate-it. But even hypercritical British biking journalists at the time seemed to get what was going on here: fun, more than outright performance. An all-American sportbike just because. I had the pleasure of riding a pristine White Lightning very recently and it took a few minutes to get used to the conflicting sensations: that throbbing, thudding twin contrasted with the light, flickable handling, like I was riding two motorcycles at once. That may not be your thing, but these definitely make handy backroad tools and you certainly will generate attention wherever you go.

-tad

2002 Buell Cyclone R Side

Tube-Framed Twin: 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone for Sale
Buell February 13, 2016 posted by

Uncle Beastly – 2006 Buell XBRR

Relegated to the past at least until someone re-incarnates the brand, Buell Motorcycles and Erik Buell Racing built some motorcycles that required one to suspend disbelief when new models were shown.  The track-only XBRR was one, the head-scratchingly big twin road racer offered here in new condition.

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2006 Buell XBRR for sale on eBay

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Built in a lot of 50 and never intended for the road, the XBRR had 1339 cc's of 12.5:1 compression, in an air-cooled 45-degree twin.  With twin 62mm downdraft throttle bodies and 103mm pistons, the motor claimed over 150 hp and 100 ft-lbs. torque.  Only a 5-speed was needed with that powerband.

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A lot of leading-edge ideas were displayed - fuel rode in the aluminum perimeter frame, and engine oil in the swingarm.  Ohlins provided fully adjustable dampers front and rear, and Nissin mounted their 8-piston single caliper for the zero-torsion-load front brake.  Hidden by the full carbon fairing, the exhaust and muffler were kept as close to the center of gravity as possible to help handling.  Wheels were cast and machined magnesium.

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Coming out of Karpen, Germany from a specialty car and bike dealer, this XBRR has never been started, and wears the factory yellow paint.  A tough kind of beauty, but the XBRR shows purposeful aggression.  The seller also offers to coordinate shipping.

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Though it  could be the basis for a supersport racing effort, this Buell should remain on display, especially since the story has been interrupted if not ended.  Buell went on to greater racing success with the 1125RR, but the XBRR was the final race bike of Buell's 25-year association with Harley-Davidson.

-donn

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Uncle Beastly – 2006 Buell XBRR
Buell February 6, 2016 posted by

Long Term collector alert:
2012 EBR 1190RS (Carbon edition)

Note:  Some of the pictures in this post are from the web not from the listed ebay auction.

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2012 EBR 1190RS on ebay

Ahh...what could have been....the EBR 1190RS, "built to prove an american sportbike could compete with the best in the world".   Sure we have heard that line before but from a technical standpoint, the EBR actually did it, most famously being reviewed as being as near as makes no difference to the benchmark Ducati 1199 Paginale.  The EBR matched the best the world could offer on the track too; EBR took a couple of the 1190 bikes campaigning in the Superbike World Championship and became the first American OEM to earn Superbike World Championship points.

For those readers not familiar with the EBR brand, the company was launched after Harley Davidson made a somewhat shortsighted decision to focus on its core market and shut down the Buell motorcycle brand.  NOTE:  Harley Davidson also sold off the MV Agusta brand at this time.

Buell lineup namesake and renowned designer Erik Buell, not content to go out with a whimper, raised some funds and launched EBR/Erik Buell Racing in 2009.  Some DNA of previous buell models can be seen in the 1190 RS (such as the frame serving as the fuel tank) but the bike was a clean sheet design designed to generate levels of performance equal to the rest of the worlds top bikes.   On the plus side, the 1190RS had pretty much all of the most exotic items in the EBR catalog as standard and only 100 of this carbon bodied edition were built.
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On the minus side, the 1190RS was probably priced incorrectly; EBR set the price for a new 1190RS at $40,000 USD, which was within a hair of the Ducati Paginale it was intended to compete against.  The price makes sense from a competition standpoint but it was a huge sum for what was an unproven brand/first bike from a new motorcycle company.  Sales languished and were further impacted by EBR's introduction of two significantly cheaper but identically powered street orientied models known as the RX and SX models within a year.  Meanwhile EBR's initial round of funding was being exhausted and a second round never materialized, resulting in the whole EBR effort being suddenly shut down in April of 2015.

While still new in crate versions of the RX and RS appear regularly on sites like cycletrader and ebay, the RS version is a much rarer thing.  Available units seem to appear now and then, with sellers being mostly dealers who are holding out for buyers who want to pay the full asking price (here is an example on cycletrader).  This one is being offered by a Texas dealer with a 10,000 price reduction so its a relative bargain in the 1190RS world.

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Now the question; is this EBR 1190RS Carbon edition worth the $29,999 USD asking price?   If the buyers intention is to actually ride it, then the answer is clearly no; very low mileage and even new RX models can be had for about half of that and will offer nearly the same riding experience as the 1190 RS.   This bike will probably only appeal to a collector with a long term vision, someone who can tuck this one away for about 10+ years, at which point it might become one of those "what-might-have-been-bikes"  ala the Fischer MRX650 or Harley Davidson VR1000.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Long Term collector alert:  </br> 2012 EBR 1190RS (Carbon edition)
Buell November 12, 2015 posted by

Never Dull – 1996 Buell S1

Not long after Harley-Davidson purchased a 49 percent stake in Buell Motorcycles, the company introduced their more mass-produced bikes, the 1995-96 S2 Thunderbolt touring bike, and curiously afterward, the S1 Lightning sportbike in 1996-98.  With total production of about 5,000 units, the S1 was a nice success for Buell as they tooled up for the succeeding X1.

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1996 Buell S1 Lightning for sale on eBay

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Using the 1203 cc Harley-Davidson derived V-twin, the Lightning has 101 hp and 95 ft-lbs. on tap.  The 5-speed transmission drives a clean, quiet kevlar belt instead of a chain.  The trellis frame is largely made from bent tubing and is complemented by the shapes of the intake and stainless exhaust.  Forks are adjustable 40 mm inverted, and the rear monoshock is mounted low, next to the muffler which is short to reduce the effect on handling.  Brakes are innovative, a single 340mm disk up front and 230mm rear, thought being that the single disk with 6-piston caliper will be lighter than a dual disk setup.  What bodywork there is looks very trim, a little bikini fairing and stubby seat console.

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The owner of this Buell has evidently spent some time with a tin of Nev-R-Dull, can't see the 10,000 miles in the polished aluminum, and stainless.  Many of the accessories and controls have been billet-ized, as well as a carbon muffler and Corbin seat.  There has even been some engine work to make things flow a little better, as well as an updated front brake.

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The as well owner keeps his comments spare and clean in the eBay auction:

1996 - S1 Buell Motorcycle. Clean, clean, clean. Low miles, PM wheels, Front EBC rotor, All billet aluminum accessories, Carbon fiber, Bartel's muffler, Bartel's air cleaner, Mukuni carb, Ported heads, American cylinders, Corbin seat. All stock parts, front and rear stands included- 91 HP.

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Our editor generally advises we arm the asbestos pj's when a Buell rolls out, and no it'll never be very racey, but it's not terribly overweight.  The big twin reviewed as a quirky ball to ride, not perfect, but a great alternative, maybe not your one and only.  This one looks nicely appointed and well cared for...

-donn

Never Dull – 1996 Buell S1
Buell September 23, 2015 posted by

The Tools at Hand: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale

1991 Buell RS1200 R Side

Given a clean sheet of paper and nearly unlimited resources, it's no surprise when major manufacturers come up with good motorcycles. In fact, when you consider those factors, it's shocking how often they get it wrong... But Buell had neither advantage in building his motorcycles and still managed to come up with some very interesting motorcycles. In fact, many of the most striking innovations in his early bikes like this Buell RS1200 were workarounds for the tall and heavy Harley powertrain he was using.

Too heavy? Save weight everywhere you can. Bulky non-unit engine and transmission? Centralize mass with a shock mounted under the engine. Vibey powerplant? Mount it using innovative heim joints that works like Norton's "Isolastic" system to isolate the worst of the vibrations and allow a stiff package that doesn't try to rattle the rider's teeth loose. Worried about losing your girlfriend off the back? Don't worry, the passenger seat cover doubles as a backrest!

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Much of the bike's detailing honestly looks custom up-close. If you didn't know better, you'd swear those heim joints mounting the engine to the frame were aftermarket bits, but no, they were there from the factory, a measure of the quality components used to build these. Performance Machine is a brand often associated with Kustom Kruizer Kulture, but they make quality stoppers.

1991 Buell RS1200 Front Brake

And if the styling of this early Buell is, um... unconventional, the complete package exploits the antediluvian engine's inherent power, torque, and character for a uniquely American take on a sport-touring motorcycle.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale

I am the original owner of this Beautiful Red California RS 1200/5 Westwind. Purchased in 1991 From Fremont Harley Davidson in FremontCalifornia, it has 5289 miles on it and is in very good condition. It has a small scratch on the tank and fender. It has a small crack on the fairing. It needs to have the fork seals replaced. It is bone stock expect for the screaming eagle Dyna ignition. It fires right up and runs like new. It has been garaged and covered since new.

I take for granted that most of you know this is one of the hand-built, low production models, before they were mass produced and cranked out by the thousands on an assembly line. This was when Erik Buell owned the company. It has a unique 5 digit VIN number acceptable to the DMV. Most vehicles have a 17 digit number.

1991 Buell RS1200 Dash

There are no takers yet with a starting bid of $5,500 but plenty of time left on the auction. Whether you love his motorcycles or hate them, Erik's obvious passion for motorcycling and innovative mind shine through in all of his bikes, and it's a shame he's had so much trouble. But it's a testament to his talent that people keep trying to give his ideas a home, so let's hope this new guy in Asbury Park can give Buell the stability he needs to keep making interesting machines.

-tad

1991 Buell RS1200 L Side

The Tools at Hand: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale
Buell April 26, 2015 posted by

Long Term Collector Alert!: 2012 EBR 1190, Carbon edition

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The announcement earlier this month that EBR/Erik Buell Racing is discontinuing operations is pretty sad.   EBR was probably the best "all-american-sportbike" effort we have seen in quite a while.  While others such as Roehr, Fischer, Motoczysz came and went in a blink, EBR lasted over 6 years and were effectively a continuation of the concepts Erik Buell first began to follow in 1983.

For anyone not familiar with EBR and/or Erik Buell,  you really have to start back in 1993.   At the time Buell has been building his own sportbikes using Harley Davidson motors for about 10 years and was one of the men behind Harley Davidson's aborted VR-1000 racing effort.  Buell left HD in 1993 and founded his own sportbike motorcycle company, Buell motorcycles,  which over its 15 year lifespan produced/sold over 100,000 motorcycles.

Since early Buell motorcycles used Harley Davidson engines, Buell reached a partnership deal with Harley Davidson that allowed Buell to sell bikes within Harley Dealerships.   However this same deal seeded control of the brand to Harley and in 2009,  struggling to deal with the great recession, Harley shut down the entire Buell lineup.  Rather than give up on his dream of building great American sportbikes, Buell took his knowledge and started again and Erik Buell Racing/EBR was the result.

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2012 EBR 1190RS for sale on cycletrader USA

The 1190RS was actually EBR's second bike produced;  the first bike was a purely race oriented machine, the 1190RR.  The street legal 1190RS version was built to take all the race tech while being street legal (barely).  The 1190s was effectively built to go head-to-head with the Ducati 1098R and towards this end came with a  1200 cc V-twin engine  that produced 175 hp and lots of track oriented goodies, including titanium rods & valves, a cast-aluminum frame and lots of carbon-fiber bodywork.   Like its Ducati competition, production was very limited (only 100 1190RS units were reported to have been made) and prices were set quite high; 40,000 USD.

The 1190RS was followed by less expensive street bikes such as 1190RX and 1190SX which are really good bikes that offer 90% of the 1190RS experience at 50% of the cost.  However the RX and SX lack the ultra high end goodies of the limited edition RS and now the Buell is closing up operations, the 1190RS will most likely be the high water mark for EBR bike development/design.

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This particular is sitting at a dealership in South Texas and has only 13 miles.

Here is what the seller has to say: 

  • 2012 EBR 1190RS, bike #92
  • Full race exhaust and ECU
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Titanium rods & valves
  • Hydro-formed, cast-aluminum U.S.A.-built frame
  • Beryllium Copper Valve seats
  • Magnesium alloy wheels & sub-frame
  • Carbon-fiber bodywork

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Is this bike worth the 40,000 asking price?   Probably not;  the RX and SX models derived from this are currently available from 10-20k and history has shown just adding carbon fiber and titanium does not make a bike that much better or desirable (just look at the Aprilia Nera).  On the other hand, I do think this model will become THE model for collectors who wish to have an EBR.   While values will probably not climb anytime soon this bike might be appealing to a serious collector that has a very long term outlook.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner 

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$29,000.00
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Time Remaining: 1d 17h 40m

Long Term Collector Alert!:  2012 EBR 1190, Carbon edition