2007 Buell XBRR First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2007 Buell XBRR Ride

The Buell XBRR has a lot of controversy and tribulation in its short We thought we might have a go America’s lone roadracing

Looking toward the Tehachapi range in the desert outside of California, the heat waves off the ground to create the illusion of a A lone black and yellow circulates the track on the shimmering at a high rate of speed. The of the motor is barely audible, but no doubt this is no ordinary

Temperatures are approaching 110 degrees so the of pit lane is damn near I’m waiting along the wall in my black leathers, bullets in anticipation of what I am to do. The bike is taxiing down pit toward me with its distinctive front cowling, stocky distinctive V-Twin rumble louder and louder as it gets

The hair on my body stands at and a cold chill runs my spine as my anticipation reaches a

At last, it’s my turn to the most recent incarnation of purpose-built $30,995 racing the XBRR. My heart is pounding in my as a group of technicians grope and at the bike while I nervously aboard. It’s still the dry clutch is rattling and the sweat is down my neck.

I pull the lever back, engage the shift lever, twist the and stall it. Oh, the humiliation. A look of is tossed my way from the pit crewman me, confirming they were weary of this string of ineptitude as they once stuff the hand-held starter into the right side of the and bring the big V-Twin back to

It was an inauspicious beginning to what be a memorable experience.

It’s not day that you get the opportunity to test a race bike on the track, but exactly what was taking on this particularly hot and sunny at Buttonwillow International Raceway. the introduction of the 2007 Buell attending journalists were to a short and much appreciated aboard the divisive XBRR.

and Chief Technical Officer of the Motorcycle Company, Erik has long been a fan of racing, and the is the culmination of his personal dream to proficient privateer racers a bike capable of competing at the level, without actually to conform to the factory way of life. is that bike.

After an inauspicious start he popped the clutch, Kenny got a to play AMA rider for a day on the Buell which contests the Formula series.

Erik’s passion for the can be traced back to his own racing when in 1984 he was developing the RW750 for use in the AMA Formula 1 series. all the hard work of creating a bike from scratch was to pay off, he had the rug pulled out from him when the decision was made to F1 with the Superbike class the year. Not one to be deterred, Buell his focus, began a partnership Harley-Davidson, and a decade later the as they say, is history.

again Buell is building a for the privateer racer to rival the race teams and their manufacturers. Only this it’s on a much larger This limited-edition machine has purpose built and offered a on the grid in the AMA Formula Xtreme This championship is a showcase for 600cc machines and a host of riders who know a thing or two winning both races and

There would be no cherry-picking for the — it’s straight the fire for this hand-built

The objective was to get the initial run of XBRR ready to compete in the 65th of the Daytona 200, which now the FX series as the premier race. You almost hear the gears in the mind of Erik Buell as the was unfolding before him. two decades, his innovative bikes set to perform on American racing’s stage: The Daytona 200.

some grumbling from FX teams, the addition of the XBRR to the FX received a load of positive from both press and alike. The hype surrounding race and Buell’s involvement overshadowed the fact that was only the second year the Superbikes were not the machines in the premier race.

Getting the AMA Formula Xtreme championship a bit of grumbling from the manufacturers entrenched in the series, from they viewed (with justification) as a creative interpretation of the rules. That said, were a lot of enthusiastic fans for the American-based effort.

Taking risks is the fire keeps Buell charged up, so you to appreciate that it was impossible for him to up on the opportunity to make his dream of Buell race at Daytona a by pushing the XBRR through In retrospect, it was the decision that them.

Deadlines are deadlines, and in haste to put the finishing touches in a subsequent lack of adequate RD brought about a regrettable check once the checkered waved for the last bike the finish line. Unfortunately, the 200 was the first legitimate race of the XBRR and the results were not anyone hoped to see: bikes started, four experienced mechanical failures.

people were expecting a from Buell (at Daytona), Erik Buell. But we know racing is all about and this is a of a start. It was a thrill to have the qualified so well (McWilliams, Penzkofer, Ciccotto, Crevier, respectively) and it would have great to have all of our riders but the Daytona 200 is the ultimate endurance for a racing motorcycle, and we’ve a lot.

We will get better.

machines were taken to Buell HQ, dismantled and thoroughly piece by piece. The failed were identified, re-tooled, and with improved units. The learned at Daytona have put into production in this version.

So far the XBRRs return to has experienced more success disappointment, including class in both CCS/ASRA and most a pair of eighth-place finishes in AMA Xtreme by former GP rider McWilliams at Laguna Seca by the same result at Mid-Ohio by Superbike superstar Steve

It’s great to see the XBRR in the top-10 at two consecutive AMA Formula events, said Buell. The is in its first season, as are the teams. in a very early stage of

I know the teams will moving up. I see it in the way they’re dealing the challenge, the way they’re working, and in excitement as they make and knock off the seconds.

The XBRR’s fortunes in its inaugural AMA Xtreme campaign got off to a rocky at the famed Daytona 200, not even former MotoGP Jeremy McWillians was able to the Buell across the finish due to mechanical failure.

At the time of test only two of the new and improved were available, and we got to ride one the watchful eye of Erik and the Buell squad: Crashing was not an option. Now the history lesson is over.

The was fired up and the men in black muttered a few of encouragement to me as I set out to begin my session. through the first few gears a very tight and precise transmission and a firm but not too difficult to clutch. Too bad all H-D transmissions can’t this good. I made my way the track on my warm-up lap focused on acquainted with the layout.

The are very low and the pegs were high, resulting in an extremely riding position that me up on the front of the bike’s faux tank. The seat is quite and the open space between the fiber upper cowling and the inverted Ohlins fork for a view of the track when you down at the top clamp and bars.

about the XBRR is tight as a It responds very quickly to the slightest rider input, came as a surprise even a day of riding the responsive Buell on the same course. The front is taut and the rear Ohlins jarred on the imperfect track but the combination is fully adjustable and set up for a rider of Crevier’s caliber than the plush set-up I

The view of the road ahead is by the large clear windscreen and the dash consisting of a tachometer and a of … lights helps to your eyes distracted the task of navigating through the turn as fast as possible.

The Thunderstorm V-Twin is claimed to out 150 horsepower at its crankshaft (perhaps 135 at the rear wheel), which with the purposeful track made for easy power under acceleration in the lower I quickly adapted to short-shifting gear in order to keep beast on two wheels where it

Then again, this is a and short shifting is the preferred way to row the gears versus running the to redline at the end of every straight. The is a bit abrupt, possibly an attribute of the associated with the motor, but used properly (read: it was great and the intake howl the dual downdraft 62mm bodies is simply awesome.

down the short front was so exciting that I unwittingly back to my bad habit of over-braking into Turn 1 in all but the final two The blame may lie in the fact that, A) It a few laps to get used to the mighty 8-piston Nissin caliper down from the inside of the ZTL (Zero Torsion Load) rotor, or, B) I’m a big chicken. way it was all good.

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Buell XBRR

Canadian Superbike Steve Crevier exhibited the of the XBRR while Kenny to test his mettle on the FX machine.

As fun as that V-Twin is, it is not the highlight of the It’s the chassis. The bike is with Buell’s patented and oil-in-the-swingarm theory of mass-centralization, and the low center of gravity helps the be mindlessly easy to manhandle, as is the way. In addition to the innovative housing, the extreme geometry of the plays a role in its unusually nature.

Rake is set at a steep 21 and trail at a short 86mm. To put into perspective, the winner of our Supersport Shootout, the Triumph features 23.5 degrees of and 86mm trail and was rated as one of the two handling bikes of the test. The dimensions don’t stop for the XBRR either.

The wheelbase is between 51.8 and 53.8 which will either a tuner fits or have him the ground Buell walks on how finicky the rider is about

There are three or four fast sweepers at Buttonwillow and the consumed them all without I know I will never corner speeds on par with a guy Crevier, but the bike is solid and planted in the triple-digit bends at the speed I could run it up to. In the tight the bike is easy to toss side-to-side, and the suspension was never close to being taxed me at the controls.

In the esses it was mindlessly easy to a route through while in some fuel-injection and heading for the 90-degree left-hand turn. a good drive down the requires carrying a lot of speed and the gear selection for the drive I’m no racer, so I don’t I ever got it perfect.

Regardless, it great tucking in behind the big and pulling the trigger and feeling the hot desert wind in my face as I into Turn 1 for yet another

When looking for a complaint I had to go no than my right hand. The of high track temperature and the that emanated from the pipes of the Thunderstorm motor my throttle hand feel it was on a BBQ spit. The faster I went, the it got. A missing heat was cited as the culprit here, and I was that this was an issue has already been addressed.

would be my only gripe the XBRR riding experience. It harder than any H-D-powered I have ever ridden, it like a Supersport with a rear tire, the brakes are and offer plenty of feel at the to make it easy to get the hang of. So more would a racer

How about access to an elite of riders enjoying factory and a pre-packaged contingency plan of Buell’s factory sponsors? The program provides all of this.

away at the heart of the XBRR is the of sweetness generated by the Buell V-Twin, which pumps out 150 at the crankshaft.

So what is it that’s holding the bike back in Xtreme? That’s easy; the competition is the answer. Those of us who ridden a Superpsort bike how fast they really and those of you who’ve actually for an AMA national know it is easier than done.

Add into the that the level of competition in the AMA is these days than any of us can ever fully imagine.

If we could compare the XBRR to the back-to-back, it would be straightforward to out where it stands comparatively in of cornering speed, acceleration, and the all-important lap times. Since not the case, I’m forced to the inference that this feels as competent, if not more so, any stock Supersport bike the turns. The motor feels than hell on the track albeit in a vacuum.

I would be to say it can pull harder than a 600cc racebike, but it seems than any stock 600 I can remember. It is faster than the stock XB12R and Lightning XB12S we were testing that and they are a boat-load of fun to ride on the However, I would really to see this hopped-up version of the motor on the street — would be really, really

I’m looking forward to the day the XBRR takes the next up the results chart so we can all witness a pilot battling for the podium of a top-10 finish. Until time arrives — and no mistake, it will — we can all sit and watch as the only legitimate sportbike challenges the Japanese juggernaut through hard and determination.

Fueled by the desire to to the world that a dream can be into a reality, the people at and the Motor Company should plenty of inspiration to keep the oil burning as they face monster head on. I know I found a new level of respect for this company is trying to do and I be anxiously awaiting the news of first AMA podium for one of the coolest in the industry, Erik Buell.

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