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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.

Retrospective: Norton Electra 400: 1963-1965

1963 Norton Electra 400. Owner: Chris Dutton, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Clement Salvadori
July 14, 2009

Anybody who thinks that the British motorcycle industry was blind-sided by the invasion of Japanese motorcycles has not read his or her history. Lots of people in England were working on new ideas in the early ’60s, but the problem was more a lack of investment than any lack of engineering, and secondarily... Read more »

H-D Electra Glide Classic vs. Buell Ulysses XB12XT Road Test

Harley-Davidson's FLHTC Electra Glide vs. Buell's XB12XT Ulysses

Rider Contributor
June 30, 2009

[This Harley’s FLHTC Electra Glide Classic vs Buell’s XB12XT Ulysses motorcycle comparison was originally published in American Rider magazine] Freedom! That’s what these four score and some years we enjoy on this planet are all about. Freedom to live your life the way you want to. Freedom to choose.... Read more »

2009 Buell Ullysses XB12XT Road Test

Buell Ullysses XB12XT in action

Kevin Smith, Rider Contributer
June 30, 2009

[This 2009 Buell Ullysses XB12XT Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] When was the last time you could get two bikes for the price of one? You won’t find that offer at your local dealer but you could find its equivalent in this new bike from the Buell subsidiary of Harley-Davidson:... Read more »

2008 Enfield Bullet 500cc Classic Road Test

Enfield Bullet 500cc

Will Tate
December 12, 2008

[This 2008 Enfield Bullet 500cc Classic motorcycle spotlight first appeared in the January 2009 issue of Rider magazine] The Royal Enfield Company started as The Enfield Manufacturing Co., Ltd., in October 1892, and made its first motorbike in 1901. The British company produced many noteworthy motorcycles... Read more »

2008 Motorcycle Fuel Economy Comparison

2008 Suzuki GZ250 action

Bill Stermer
September 15, 2008

Photography by Kevin Wing [This review of nine fuel-efficient motorcycles was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider] 2008 Suzuki GZ250 Motorcycles included in this review (2008 model year): Honda Nighthawk, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, Star V Star 250, Suzuki GZ250, Honda 750 Shadow Aero,... Read more »

2008 V-twin Touring Cruiser Motorcycle Comparison

Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, Honda VTX1800T, Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT, Star Motorcycles Stratoliner S, Suzuki C109RT

Bill Stermer
September 15, 2008

[This V-twin touring cruiser motorcycle comparison review features the 2008 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, 2008 Honda VTX1800T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT, 2008 Star Stratoliner S and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109RT was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Cruisers... Read more »

2008 Piaggio MP3 500 Road Test

2008 Piaggio MP3 500

Rider Magazine
July 9, 2008

If Batman owned a scooter the Piaggio MP3 500 would be it. In the immortal words of Robin, the Gotham-city hero’s sidekick, “Holy mechanical marvel, Batman!” And that it is, with its three wheels and parallelogram steering and suspension components that allow the MP3 to lean up to 40... Read more »

2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT Road Test

The Ulysses XB12XT tosses aside any pretense of offroad ability and focuses on performing as the best adventure/sport/standard it can be.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
July 9, 2008

[This 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT Road Test was originally published in the June 2008 issue of Rider magazine] When Buell peeled the covers off the new 2006 Ulysses XB12X at its launch in 2005 and officially jumped into the adventure-bike category, it was a pleasantly surprising and welcome move. If you... Read more »

2008 Lehman Renegade Trike Road Test

Lehman Renegade Trike

Bill Stermer
July 8, 2008

We’ve seen them at rallies and rolling down the road, three-wheeled vehicles based on motorcycles that are referred to as “trike conversions.” The conversion process is usually performed by a dealer and consists of substituting a differential and a pair of rear wheels for the bike’s... Read more »

2008 Buell 1125R Road Test

2008 Buell 1125R action

Troy Siahaan
July 1, 2008

2008 Buell 1125R in action. [this review of the 2008 Buell 1125R was originally published in the April 2008 issue of Rider] I like to root for the underdog. There’s something about watching a team beat the odds that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In some ways, Buell is considered an underdog... 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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