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Motorcycle reviews and comparisons from Buell, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Indian, Big Dog, MV Agusta plus more. To make it easier for visitors to browse motorcycle reviews by manufacture, Rider magazine has created specific categories for our 14 most-frequently tested motorcycle brands but fully acknowledge there are dozens of quality and reputable motorcycle brands beyond a mere fourteen.

Buell Motorcycle Guide

Founded in 1983 by former racer and ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, the Buell Motorcycle Company was an American motorcycle manufacturer based in East Troy, Wisconsin. Harley-Davidson acquired 49% of Buell in 1993, and it became a wholly owned subsidiary by 2003. By 2006, Buell had produced 100,000 motorcycles. In October 2009, in the wake of the economic downturn, Harley-Davidson shut down Buell. The following month, Buell and Harley-Davidson brought about the return of Buell motorbikes when they announced the launch of Erik Buell Racing, an independent company run by Erik Buell that currently produces the 1190RS superbike.

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190RX and 1190SX – First Look

EBR 1190SX

Rider Magazine Staff
July 8, 2014

Erik Buell Racing’s 1190SX naked sportbike joins the lineup alongside the fully-faired 1190RX. Buell is back! Last October Erik Buell Racing (EBR) unveiled its latest sportbike, the EBR 1190RX, at the American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Orlando. A direct descendant of EBR’s... Read more »

2014 Ural Gear-Up—Road Test

Ural Gear-Up Flying the chair

Mark Tuttle
June 3, 2014

Flying the chair in right turns—or even just for the heck of it—is fun and a basic sidecar-driving skill. The Ural’s chair lifts a bit too easily without a passenger inside, so 90-100 pounds of ballast (in this case bags of pea pebbles) or gear is recommended. The last time we tested a Ural sidecar... Read more »

Retrospective—Velocette Valiant 200: 1957-1963

1958 Velocette Valiant

Clement Salvadori
February 28, 2014

1958 Velocette Valiant; Owner: David Mooney, San Luis Obispo, California. Nice looking motorcycle, this Valiant, powered by a little OHV boxer engine with a cowling (Velocette preferred to call it a “bonnet”) over the top in an effort to give it somewhat sporty looks. It had a full cradle frame with... Read more »

Royal Enfield’s Long History in Brief

Ace Café in London

Mike Vaughan
February 4, 2014

Royal Enfield used the legendary Ace Café in London to kick off its international press launch of the all-new Continental GT café racer. The café closed in 1969, was re-opened n 1997 and currently hosts a multitude of reunions and events for both motorbike and car owners. The first Royal Enfield was... Read more »

2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT

Royal_Enfield_Continental_GT

Rich Cox
February 4, 2014

The period correct grounds of the Brooklands Museum show off the GT’s clean, simplistic beauty. All of the test bikes were sporting the company’s accessory muffler that’s a little smaller in size and has a slightly bigger bark than the standard unit. (Photos by Rich Cox) When Royal Enfield Motors... Read more »

2014 Indian Chieftain

2014 Indian Chieftain

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

For 2014, Indian gets its third recent reincarnation, and Polaris Industries gets it right. (Photos by Kevin Wing) This proud, old name in American motorcycling began production in 1901, eventually became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, and then went bankrupt in 1953. Two attempted revivals... Read more »

Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 360: 1968-1972

1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360

Clement Salvadori
January 29, 2014

Year/Model: 1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360; Owner: Bob Reichenberg, Jefferson, Oregon. This Montadero was an adequate dual-purpose motorcycle, in truth, more focused on the dirt than the pavement, though the handling was a bit on the heavy side. It used a relatively old-fashioned piston-port two-stroke... Read more »

2013 Zero S Road Test

2013 Zero S action

Mark Tuttle
January 3, 2014

Riding on 17-inch wheels with a scant 55.4 inches between the axles, the Zero S is a compact package that weighs just 392 pounds. Hey, now we’re talking! The last time we tested Zero Motorcycle’s pure-street electric motorcycle, the Zero S (Rider, September 2011), we could only squeeze about 30 miles... Read more »

Retrospective: Cooper 250 Enduro: 1973-1975

1973 Cooper 250 Enduro

Clement Salvadori
November 7, 2013

1973 Cooper 250 Enduro Back in those halcyon days of the early 1970s, two-stroke enduro models were the rage. If you wanted a play-bike, you bought Japanese. If you were a serious rider, you bought European, as in Maico, CZ or Husqvarna. A California fellow by the name of Frank Cooper was the Maico distributor,... Read more »

2014 Zero Motorcycles First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
November 6, 2013

2014 Zero Motorcycles: (left to right) Zero DS, Zero S, Zero SR In a very short time, Zero Motorcycles has come a long way. When we first tested a Zero S—the company’s “streetfighter” model, which was sold alongside the DS (dual-sport), XU (“urban crosser”) and X/MX (off-road) models—in... Read more »

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Buell Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Buell motorcycle reviews discuss classic motorbikes no longer produced, but at the time of Buell Motorcycle Company's closing, it offered several street-legal motorcycles, mostly V-twins: the entry-level, single-cylinder Blast (used as part of Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge new-rider training), the XB9 series streetfighters, Ulysses XB12X and Ulysses XB12XT adventure tourers, the 1125 sportbike and the 1125CR café racer.


Buell Motorcycle Standouts

In 1987, the RR 1000 Battletwin was built as a sportbike using a modified Road Warrior chassis and a Harley-Davidson XR1000 engine. In 1994, Buell motorcycle road tests assessed the two-seater S2 Thunderbolt with a Road Warrior-based chassis and Sportster engine. The S2T Thunderbolt (1995-1996) was a touring version, with saddlebags. The S1 Lightning followed in 1996 and was a more fundamental sportbike than the Thunderbold. The Blast, Buell's smallest model and the only to use a single-cylinder engine, was created in 2000. It was a technical success according to road tests and motorbike reviews, but used half of a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 engine and was very expensive compared to the higher-technology engines available from outside the company. The Buell Blast ended up making money for Harley while losing money for Buell and was discontinued in 2009. In July 2007, Buell announced the 1125R, a sportbike that tapped into the XBRR racing bike. Buell motorcycle guides and reviews focused on the Rotax Helicon engine, a liquid-cooled 72-degree V-twin with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams. In 2009, Buell introduced the 1125CR, a café racer version of the 1125R. Road tests discussed the fact that the 1125CR had less bodywork, a clubman-style handlebar instead of clip-ons, a longer swingarm, a longer wheelbase and a shorter secondary drive ratio..

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