Posts by Category: Buell

Buell March 3, 2010 posted by

1985/86 Buell RR1000 Battletwin Factory Racer Located In The U.K.

This is a Buell RR1000 that ran for the factory in AMA competition!  Located in Tring, United Kingdom is a 1985/86 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. 

Supposedly there are 50, or so, of these running around the world and due to collectors eating these up early on--Gasp!--the majority of the bikes were never raced.  The chassis that is featured here has, as the seller claims, been run in the 1985/86 AMA Battle of the Twins events and a Battle of the Twins event in Italy.  To know the entire history of this bike, we must go to the seller:

This bike was purchased as a kit of parts directly from Erik Buell in 1992 (less wheels, forks and brakes) by an Italian collector who then built the bike to it's current specification in 1993. The bike was then raced in the italian BOT (Battle of the Twins) of that year under the CR&S banner.

The chassis varies slightly from the production RR1000 chassis and is described by Erik Buell as a "lightweight version which is better for racing". This chassis and other parts were used by Buell Racing in 1986 as part of the "works" supported race effort.

This bike is top spec inside and out built with Brembo billet brakes and race discs, Ohlins suspension; front forks are GP type and rear shock was built for Buell and the wheels are Technomagnesio. The Engine, primary and gearbox were completely overhauled in 2002 receiving new pistons, titanium valves, race springs, rods, all bearings and crank rebuild. Cams are Storz and the heads are fully gas followed and twin plugged. Carbs are 42mm flatside Mikuni's. Exhaust is Buell works. The bike has done very little work since but has been maintained regardless.

This bike seems be made up of some very real factory parts with a very real race history.  The seller claims to have, and shows, the documentation of this bike's history.  Recently, everyone seems to have become sentimental to anything with a Buell badge--except perhaps a blast--because of the recent demise of Buell.  The sale of this bike seems to coincide perfectly with this rose-colored rush to remember the good times before H-D brought everything to a halt.  This bike is all the money at $155,000; however, it is one of the first Buells and actually carries an AMA season and European race history.  This bike is very rare no matter what your thoughts of Buell as a company are; What will reassure that this bike stays insanely valuable will be a large number of people feeling that this bike is very, very special--I don't think this should be a problem.  See a fantastic write up by Dave Gess here.  See the RR1000 on eBay .

AG

Buell January 1, 2010 posted by

1999 Buell X1 Lightning LE Carbon Fiber #161 of 250

1999 Buell X1 Lightning Carbon Fiber Edition #161 of 250 listed on the Quad Cities Craigslist

Considering the recent decision by Harley-Davidson to cease all Buell operations and production of Buell motorcycles, I felt compelled to show Buell some RSBFS love. Carbon Fiber is always cool no matter what it is on and in 1999 Eric and the boys decided to lay it on the X1 Lightning and make it a LE version. I'm sure some of the run of the mill Buells will fade away, but I have to believe the LE versions will live on to be collectors items as time passes. I always liked the idea behind the Buell brand, but could never bring myself to purchase one due to the simple fact I was raised on inline fours. I've also admired Buell Motorcycles for their styling, wild colored frames, rims and their forward way of thinking. It is unfortunate that they no longer exist, but we will still be able to enjoy the looks and sounds of a soon to be classic motorcycle.

From the owner:

You are viewing my 1999 Buell X1 Lightning Carbon Fiber Extreme. This is a limited production bike and is #161 of only 250 built . If you are looking for the toughest street fighter bike around, you’ve found it! This has been the BEST all around bike I have ever owned. Many upgrades include Vance & Hines Exhaust, Screamin Eagle air intake, stage one ECU, and many internal upgrades to the 1203cc V Twin. This bike is Fuel Injected and runs PERFECTLY. Tires are good, brakes are newer, and the Buell has fresh synthetic fluids all the way around. Here is your chance to own a VERY RARE AMERICAN bike! 14k well maintained miles. ABSOLUTELY NO DISAPPOINTMENTS!! Asking $6,000 OBO.

From the net:

The Carbon Fiber Extreme X1, which features carbon fiber
weaved with a blue-tinted Dupont Kevlar® brand fiber on the front fairing,
chin spoiler, tank cover and windscreen. A Buell Pegasus icon is
"emblazoned" into the windscreen. It comes with a Nuclear Blue frame,
Nuclear Blue wheels, billet aluminum foot pegs, and a numbered gas cap.
Only 250 Carbon Fiber Extreme Lightning X1 motorcycles will be
produced for the North American market.

I really like the Blue in the Carbon Fiber as well as the Buell Logo that has been woven into the Bikini Fairing on the X1 as seen here.

So, if you've ever wanted to own a Buell, but haven't pulled the trigger, now may be the right time.

Is it just me or does anyone else hear Taps playing in the background? 🙁

dd

Buell October 7, 2009 posted by

Buell XB race bike for sale

Don't you just LOVE race bikes? All those nice parts made from unobtanium, with thousand of machining hours to achieve one singular purpose - to go fast.  If you can't tell already,  I have a huge soft spot for race bikes (then again, I think we all do around here!) 

So here's a really :

The list of mods are too long to list here, so please click on the above link to check out the details.  But check out all that sexy carbon fiber in the last photo!  Hmm....

The seller is offering the bike with a Buy-It-Now price of $7500 - I don't think that's unreasonable, but I would find out more details from the seller first and go from there.

I'm generally not a big fan of Harleys, but for some reason the words "Harley Davidson" looks cool when it's on a race bike like that!

Phil