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2008 Buell 1125R Test Drive: Long American Power

October 1, 12:00 AM

It took 25 years for to build a water-cooled production So for sportbike enthusiasts looking for an product in the segment, the radical new is long overdue.

Harley-Davidson parent company) was stretched for engine-building resources, so it tapped to develop the powerplant. The Austrian also supplies engines for and BMW bikes (plus BRP’s new Can-Am Spyder ), but its powerplant for 72-degree DOHC V-twingets its displacement independent of racing’s rules. The result is an honest 146 hp five or six more ponies when the ram-air system in.

The engine’s dry sump lubrication a conventional oil reservoiras opposed to typical swingarm-based solution. But the Buell trademarks are all there, perimeter brakes to an underslung and fuel tank-in-frame construction. A operated slipper clutch out aggressive downshifts while clutch lever effort, and a straight-cut-gear transmission features a dog design, which enables shifts with positive

The 375-pound 1125R feels and focused on the road, with that are comfortable enough for rides. While not quite as as the Ducati 1098, the 1125R boast plenty of usable as meaty low-end torque steadily and produces a nice around 8000 rpm before at 10,500 rpm. Graphs of and torque curves look an acutely tilted “L,” the linearity of the powerplant’s output.

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We could feel engine vibrations in the handlebars at around rpm and on the footpegs just a few clicks surprising from such a highly-tuned V-twin. Neither was an exhaust note.

The 8-piston brakes provide strong power, but lack the initial and feedback of a traditional radial Though turn-in requires a bit of leverage, the 1125R feels and stable during cornering. felt a bit firm, and we experienced fork dive during stops on our pre-production test but Buell engineers told us spring rates were revised before the bike production.

We also felt considerable heat during our 100-degrees-plus F and heard some whining the rear brakesand got the same from Buell.

Though the frame’s tall provide a strong visual of this bike’s relationship to Buells, its ambitiously sporting transports the 1125R to the next With aggressive pricing Buell finally offers a contender in the ultra high-performance Though only available in the 1125R should have no satisfying the speed-hungry sportbike Basem Wasef

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