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.
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…