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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.

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 »

2010 Big Dog Bulldog Road Test

2010 Big Dog Bulldog

Dan Gingerelli
March 29, 2010

[This 2010 Big Dog Bulldog Road Test was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider] Big Dog’s new Bulldog is a touring motorcycle. Though you might have to look beyond its gleaming polished billet-aluminum trim and flashy paint job to understand what I’m talking about. And don’t... Read more »

2010 Royal Enfield USA Model Line-Up Intro

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic

Rider Contributor
March 10, 2010

Classic Motorworks, the official importer and distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States, just announced the arrival of the 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet model line. 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic “Today begins a very notable new model year for Royal Enfield in the United States,”... Read more »

2010 Zero Motorcycles Line-Up Launched

2010 Zero S electric motorcycle

Rider Contributor
March 3, 2010

  2010 Zero S electric motorcycle Santa Cruz, California (March 2, 2010)– Zero Motorcycles has announced the launch of its 2010 product line, including the all-electric Zero S, DS, X and MX. Claimed to offer more power, increased acceleration and enhanced power pack technology, Zero Motorcycles... Read more »

2009 Campagna T-Rex 14R Road Test

2009 Campagna T-Rex 14R

Greg Drevenstedt
December 22, 2009

The first time I saw a T-Rex was on the MTV show Ryan Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. Dyrdek, a pro skateboarder with too much money and his own do-whatever-I-want TV show, roared into his dream warehouse—futuristic office, skate park and basketball court all under one roof—and did doughnuts on the slick... Read more »

2009 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic C5 Road Test

2009 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic C5

Rider Contributor
August 18, 2009

Story and photography by James Parchman [This 2009 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic C5 Road Test was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider] 2009 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic C5—The retro green paint scheme has gotten the The maroon color is retro, a throwback buzz but the black... Read more »

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 »

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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..