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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.

Cutting-Edge Cruisers—Snapshots Reviews

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing) There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that... Read more »

2014 Indian Chief Classic

2014 Indian Chief Classic

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Those full fenders and classic flowing lines will garner the Indian rider plenty of attention. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The original Indian motorcycle company began in 1901, but then faded away in the early 1950s. Two recent attempts to revamp the brand failed in the early 2000s, then Polaris Industries,... Read more »

2015 Indian Scout—Review

2015 Indian Scout

Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

The red paint, tan solo seat and black-and-chrome headlight nacelle may be old-school, but the new Scout is anything but a nostalgia project. Bold designs for the frame and engine are the new Indian’s interpretation of what the company would be building today had its operations continued uninterrupted... Read more »

2015 Indian Scout First Look

2015 Indian Scout family.

Rider Magazine Staff
August 4, 2014

2015 Indian Scout family. Indian Motorcycles took the logical first step in returning the marque to glory by relaunching the brand last year with an impressive lineup of Chief and Chieftain models that share styling cues with the famous originals, right down to the fully skirted fenders and Indian head... Read more »

2015 Indian Roadmaster: Ridden & Rated

2015 Indian Roadmaster

Greg Drevenstedt
July 28, 2014

Parked near Lake Pepin, a naturally occurring lake that forms the widest part of the Mississippi River, the Roadmaster has a quick-release trunk, a spacious two-up seat, fairing lowers and other touring-ready features. (Photos by Barry Hathaway and Todd Williams) No motorcycle has left as indelible an... Read more »

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

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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 »

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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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