Aug. 11, 2008 – Buell’s new model: ‘Part superbike, part streetfighter’
August 11, 2008
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Buell’s 2009 lineup will include a new model dubbed as “part superbike and part streetfighter” and another introduction aimed at the government sector.
Nine models make up the new-year lineup, which Harley-Davidson recently unveiled.
Undoubtedly the highlight was the new superbike, the 1125CR and its liquid-cooled V-twin engine.
Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Co., said in a press release the introduction “is my vision of a 21st century café racer.
“It’s got Clubman-style bars and a flyscreen instead of a fairing,” he said. “Then we geared it down to optimize acceleration.”
Harley says the new 1125CR, at a dry weight of 375 pounds, is the lightest bike of its segment on the market. The company also says its low weight and 146 hp provides the best weight-to-hp ratio in that category. MSRP is $11,695.
Aiming at an entirely different market, Buell is producing a new police model. The Ulysses Police XB12XP is designed for use by government agencies in situations requiring travel on paved and unpaved roads. The adventure sport model is equipped with police-specific lighting, a larger top case and more-compact side cases, and other special equipment.
Other changes to the Buell 2009 lineup include:
Harley-Davidson noted the Buell Lightning XB12S and Lightning Super TT XB12STT will not be produced for 2009. psb