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.
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.
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.
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.
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.