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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.

The 2012 Ural Limited Edition: The Ural Yamal

2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
November 28, 2012

IMZ-Ural, the Siberian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars, has introduced the 2012 limited edition Ural Yamal—the only motorcycle equipped with an oar. Yamal, which translates as “the end of the Earth,” is a peninsula in Russia known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren and perpetually... Read more »

2013 Husqvarna TR650 Terra and Strada

2013 Husqvarna TR650 Terra (left) and Strada (right)

Greg Drevenstedt
October 25, 2012

Husqvarna, a formerly Swedish company based in Italy and owned since 2007 by Germans (BMW), has been making motorcycles for 110 years. Best known for its motocross and enduro bikes, Husqvarna offers street-legal dual-sport bikes in its TE line, but they’re of the 90/10 dirt/street variety, fairly hardcore... Read more »

Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2013 Chief Vintage Limited Edition

Credit Jim Gallop

Press Release
July 31, 2012

Indian Motorcycle is proud to debut for 2013 the elegant and powerful Chief Vintage Limited Edition. Featuring a pearl white and thunder black two-tone paint scheme, this bike is sure to turn heads on the open road. The LE also features stylish chrome accents, including chrome highway pegs and a chrome... Read more »

2012 Ural T Side-By-Side Review

No, this isn’t one of those “dark customs.” The 2012 T side-by-side is Ural’s new stripped-down, low-cost bike-and-sidecar combo, and like the famous Ford you can get it in any color you like (as long as it’s black) for $9,999.

Mark Tuttle
June 4, 2012

Among all of the ways to ride on three wheels, I think sidecars are the most fun, and challenge your riding skills in the heart-starting way we used to enjoy before computers began saving us from ourselves. With two wheels in front like the Can-Am Spyder, the ride is fast and sporty; with two wheels... Read more »

Indian Sport Scout 750cc: 1934-1942

Year/Model: 1942 Indian Sport Scout. Owner: David Anderson, Chicago, Illinois.

Clement Salvadori
May 2, 2012

Undoubtedly the most famous Indian Scout is the motorcycle belonging to New Zealander Burt Munro, of the movie, The World’s Fastest Indian. He bought it in 1920, one of the original Scouts – which were said to have a top speed of around 55 mph – and fiddled with it for the next 40-plus years, making... Read more »

Motus Announces Production Plans, Pricing for 2013 MST and MST-R

2013 Motus MST and MST-R

Press Release
March 16, 2012

After a year of extensive testing and development, Motus Motorcycles announced at Daytona Bike Week its 2012 production plans, including pricing, accessories, specifications, availability and an initial list of dealers. The 2011/2012 American Sport Tour led Motus through the laboratory, around racetracks,... Read more »

Evolve Electric Motorcycle Up for Auction

This custom electric bike created by Evolve Motorcycles is being auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Global Green USA.

Press Release
March 5, 2012

A custom electric bike created by Evolve Motorcycles is being auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Global Green USA. The Customized Xenon Light Motor Bike features 32-inch hub-less wheels, LED light tape, a hand-crafted fiberglass frame, and a custom design thanks to Parker Brother Choppers. Evolve created... Read more »

2011 Zero S Road Test

Electric Zero S in action

Donya Carlson
September 12, 2011

  2011 Zero S With gasoline prices out of control and the country going greener by the day, despite their typical lack of range we felt it was high-time that Rider test an electric motorcycle. Among the many startups in recent years, Zero Motorcycles, based in Scotts Valley, California, seems to... Read more »

2012 Husqvarna Dual-Purpose TE Line Revealed

2012 Husqvarna TE449

Rider Magazine
August 31, 2011

2012 Husqvarna TE250 Dirt-aggressive and street-legal, the revamped TE dual-purpose bikes in the 2012 Husqvarna motorcycle lineup are ready to invade the U.S. All four TE models receive new reinforced all-black chromoly frames, silver rims and fresh styling (shared changes with the rest of the 2012 Husqvarna... Read more »

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Road Test

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic

Rider Contributor
May 26, 2010

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider] True classic styling blended with technology that meets today’s reliability standards. All of these bikes are contemporary classics, but only the Royal Enfield gives... 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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