2008 Buell 1125R Motorcycle Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Buell 1125 R

2008 Buell 1125R | Review

Water-cooled Powerplant

asked how long he has wanted to a water-cooled production sportbike, it a moment for a telling expression to over Erik Buell’s A nearby engineer overhears the and erupts with knowing another unspoken confirmation a large part of Buell’s quarter-century of bike building has tinged with a bit of unconsummated craving.

Parent company resources were stretched so Austrian engine-builder Rotax was to create a purpose-built mill for the new A water-cooled, liter-plus engine was for world-class performance, and Buell set out to it with a chassis that cope with its considerable The resulting 1,125cc V-twin 146 hp (with an additional 5+ horses ram-air is in effect), and its displacement was significant enough to inspire the of Buell’s new sportbike: 1125R. images to enlarge)

The 1125R’s competition consists of sculpted superbikes from the world, but its appearance caters to functionality than absolute Up front, a wide, squat precedes two large radiator that curve inward, scooping intake air for the V-twin. rearward, the bike’s tall dominates its profile and lends the a resemblance to Buell’s past, inward as it grazes the partially powerplant.

The hump of the false gas forms an obligatory shape, the task of bearing fuel is out by the aforementioned frame. In the name of centralization, an underslung exhaust a bit of verticality to the bike’s stance. A unremarkable rearend features a which, when removed, a small, removable passenger

Further conversation with Buell reveals that his background is infused with an for eye-pleasing shapes. Though to cite the benefits of a fairing creates positive airflow and turbulent Von Kármán vortices, he expresses as much enthusiasm the 1125R’s similarity to the female The bike is not quite a lusty, celebration of all things sensuous, but it reveal that Buell’s can be peppered with discreet de vivre.

Wrap your around the 1125R, and its dimensions across as a bit bulky, despite its black hue. However, it from side to side or it backwards and forwards, and its lightness apparent; this is, after a bike whose wet weight fuel is claimed to be one pound than a Ducati 1098. are less unrelenting than the with a slightly more upright posture.

The gateway to motion is a pneumatically slipper clutch, which less moving parts traditional designs and reduces effort by sourcing vacuum from the engine’s intake Releasing it from a standstill the V-twin’s insistent low-end easing the bike forward hesitation. (Click image to

First gear is tall to warrant some clutch to facilitate takeoff, but then the is a mere throttle twist from a steady, predictable in power. The path from to redline traverses 10,500 and at roughly halfway to maximum vibrations emerge at the handlebars.

Buell 1125 R

sensations intensify and spread to the as the tachometer approaches red, and the shaking is not quite as dramatic as Buells, the bike exhibits buzziness to jolt you awake a heavily spiked, two-wheeled substitute. Power delivery is tractable and accompanied by a satisfyingly exhaust note, and a slight of thrust at around 8,000 rpm high rev addicts with an kick of acceleration.

Buell engineers refer to the they sought to elicit the gearbox with the onomatopoeic snick, and the rider’s left is, indeed, treated to a low effort, shift lever. Clutch-free are easy and addictive, but tap the lever too and you might encounter a false between high gears. The clutch action is easy.

downshifts are well mitigated by clutch mechanism, which the difference in wheel speed and rpm without drawing attention to

In the interest of reducing the 1125′s weight, a perimeter-mounted front system with 8-piston, rotors, and the same calipers as XBRR race bike. are Though the system lacks the of radially mounted brakes, the is capable of tremendously powerful during laps at Mazda Laguna Seca. Conversely, tight bends such as 11—which unfolds into the fast straightaway—reveals the breadth of the powerband, as it easily spools up and the screaming bike down the

The bike’s flickability is put to the test at famous corkscrew, and while it a bit of initial effort to lean the over, the 1125R remains and planted during cornering. The end exhibits a touch of wiggle hard acceleration and surface but the shake is not dramatic enough to a steering damper—an opinion, not that Erik Buell agrees with.

Photograph by Kevin Wing

Buell 1125 R
Buell 1125 R
Buell 1125 R
Buell 1125 R
Buell 1125 R
Buell 1125 R
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