2008 Buell 1125R Test! Onboard with Jeremy McWilliams at Laguna!

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Buell 1125R

2008 Buell 1125R launch Laguna Seca-Hellfire Helicon 1125R!

When XB series are called Thunderbolt and the 1125R is pure Hellfire! The is Buell’s first true created for superbike hungry

Words: Tor Sagen/Photography: Double Red

Buell has wanted to build a sportsbike from scratch for a of years. When starting the project Erik first to the Motor Company to get a brand new built for a new sportsbike. In the last few Buell has managed to get Harley-Davidsons and whole support and funding is not a

However, resources to build and a brand new liquid-cooled sports was one task too much for Harley-Davidson as are very busy with own engine projects. So in a meeting Harley executives Erik got the green light to go shopping for an development team to do the new Helicon For this type of engine is one of the leading manufacturers and it was only that the experienced Austrian firm got the job.

But with Buell instructions that both internal and external parts. All the new 1125R engines be delivered by BRP-Rotax ready to the Buell factory in Wisconsin. The 72 degree V-twin will be exclusively for Buell motorcycles.

Buell is Buell motorcycles a doubt. His enthusiasm drives the forward in almost all levels of a motorcycle. Erik is hands on the smallest internal motor to external design.

We have told when questioning the part of the project that himself loves to fiddle the clay models of prototypes and the product is pretty much by own signature also on the external part. Some may argue it is a mistake not outsourcing the external We may agree with the sceptics as there are no reason whatsoever why 1125R couldn’t get the aesthetics of any exotic Italian superbike.

all, it’s only a fairing, rear end and some panels that only an designer could make enough for the European motorcycle Erik; I’ve got some for some excellent freelance for you.

Laguna Seca was Erik’s of venue for launching Buell’s new effort in the 25 th Anniversary. My first experience of the famous Californian will forever be associated the Buell 1125R. What a way to experience the Corkscrew for the first

This was Christmas for all of the attending journalists, me included.

-After a couple of seconds to allow the to boot up and fuel injectors to the 1125R’s intravenous food I hit the button. The 1125R chugs in the Laguna Paddock much an Aprilia RSV1000R on idle, but a tad more authority due to the extra After a couple of warm up I’m ready to do business on Laguna

Most of my laps over one which in reality is part of the straight was done in fourth However I did click up into on a couple of laps. Never the Corkscrew, doing full in fifth over the blind one where I had to brush of all speed and into the Andretti hairpin was my most thrilling moment at Seca.

I absolutely loved how the 1125R felt going turn one in a fashion that suicidal at first and rewarding in the end the powerful 8-piston caliper on the brake disc to slow me To gain stability on the front heavy braking Buell chosen a 47mm front rather than the 43mm we on several other Buell Jeremy McWilliams input was here, but Buell did not want to add a damper.

There are some over the front but very and they don’t disturb the much really. However, a steering damper in place the would have been physical and easier on the arms at the least.

Through the Andretti accelerating hard out in second I’m at turn three that’s in second gear followed by a straight where I preferred to third gear through the fast turn four a slightly longer straight braking hard from gear into turn This is the place where I got the feel for the new slipper clutch worked without a glitch the whole day.

Turn five is my least corner on the track and then through turn six and onto the Rahal straight. This and the straight are the two places at Laguna reward horsepower as the Rahal is the steep uphill section me into the famous Corkscrew. The big 72 V-twin breaths freely and all its massive but also smooth up the hills.

I never had a single going on the throttle out of corners speaks of a well balanced curve. With good from lower rpms the never feels underpowered, but from 9.000rpms that the sports element shines with quite hard What vibrates and not on high I’ll talk more on the road test part.

The is probably even more than Craner Curves at and now I finally know why. At the 1125R felt too soft going through the steep downhill section called the The right-hander leading down the Rainey corner is hard on the and requires quite a hard for such a slow section of the (Corkscrew). Flicking the 1125R sharp left down to right almost feels landing after a small

Then I shouted “yeeha” my helmet in the same fashion as you do on a ride. I did the flick in the middle of gear most of the time the throttle can be opened fully after flicking to the right. The corner is also a pretty place to go fast on the Buell which by now has manifested itself to be a nimble sportsbike with a big

Third gear is good the banked left-hander down to for turn ten. Towards the turn eleven that onto the start/finish straight I that the 1125R could been geared even to utilize third gear as I was stuck on the limit on second a of times before braking for eleven. Short-shifting is fine on the but acceleration is great from rpms where you’d to be for a fast lap.

Onto the start/finish straight is almost 1.000 metres I feel that I could properly into the “quiet as Buell calls it. It is mostly due to my not having enough space to backwards to tuck properly in the wind-screen. On a Yamaha R1 or Suzuki you have enough space to weight forwards or backwards is lacking a bit on the short Buell

A different design to the single cover or rear part of the would have solved the for a 6-footer like me.

At no point on Seca can you call the 1125R It speaks of some great abilities as the wheelbase is a very 1384mm. But with a little (throttle off-on) the 1125R wheelies easily in second. a good thing really as I always felt that is a tad flexible for clutch ups. The designed belt is super though and can take some abuse.

Should it ever you could always use some to get it all back together (Don’t do by the way…) Belt-drive is perfectly free and much lighter a chain. The only reason why you want a chain instead is to be to change the gearing more Not much else, in terms of loss Buell has assured us there’s virtually nothing in it.

The 146bhp transforms to about 135 horsepower according to Buell’s That is a respectable figure on a but I struggled to get the feel of all that and wish I had some proof. It be grounds for any doubt as both and Rotax knows what are doing, but it could be that the torque curve hides the a bit so to say. -Should be good for the part of our test.

The Pirelli Corsa III sport tyres are standard on the 1125R worked around Laguna Seca. I missed some more of feel through the suspension. these tyres provide of feedback and inspire confidence, but the fairly stiff Buell I could have wished for tyre feedback.

Some riders complained tyre issues and at one point one of the tyres were way too hot when in the paddock after a few laps. doesn’t contribute much to feel nor traction.

The 8-piston or as I have called the new front is supremely powerful, but once I didn’t get the same perfect that I remember from the 07 GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. Quite I applied the brakes a little bit too as a direct cause.

The steep angle is the one ergonomically feature speaks against the 1125R as a the most. On the track it felt much perfect with a relaxed handlebar position for a But the knee angle is fairly with high footpegs.

In the Police are all-powerful and not very towards minor offences speeding. Everywhere there are yellow lines and ridiculously low limits such as 35-45 places on the Pacific Highway 1). But as usual, journalists risks it all new motorcycles even though the are grave in the US.

We had an absolutely beautiful 196 route to ride in the mountains and the coastal highway. Chugging after tourists doing 30 per hour or less for a great of time on a sportsbike could anyone insane, so we crossed the yellows and fancied our chances. … by the sword than by

Through the Carmel Valley we some beautiful sweeping perfect for the Buell 1125R it got tighter. As long as the engine is above 4.000 rpm it’s all and happy riding. Through and towns where rpms below 4.000 rpms I like the throttle response at

It got a bit unpredictable and on a modern V-twin 2008 this should been sorted. All the test were pre-production models and is still time for Buell to things out, but whether the engine management or the new DPPI injection that causes low issues I’m not sure.

With an of torque on tap from the big twin I a lot of time riding the midrange 4-8.000rpms. The engine is very in the midrange and as long as the rpms can be above 4.000rpms it’s all smooth and predictable as it should be on a The engine has been tuned way as this is what Buell its customers say that they

I believe Buell on this one and it it a lot easier to get used to the extra if you come from an air-cooled

The six-speed gearbox was a big positive and very easy to use with and precise action. Only did the rear wheel protest on a from second to first the tyre was cold. Other that the slipper clutch worked perfectly making very safe with engine braking.

I already that the 1125R is very from the day at Laguna Seca so I was interested in how the slow-speed manoeuvrability was on the The turn radius is very along with a perfectly chassis. The chassis still Buell trademarks such as in the frame.

More than 20 in the 1125R frame with stronger and lighter walls. But on first ever liquid-cooled motorcycle the oil sump has been from the swinging-arm and incorporated in the new engine to keep oil-pressure in all situations. For the first time, is now supplied with frames an American company just the road from the Buell in East Troy.

After Greenfield we did a few motorway miles we entered the roads around Hunter-Liggett. Overtaking on the motorway can be in all gears including sixth, but I did to get down to fourth a few times for acceleration. The mirrors on the 1125R are enough, but still they a lot.

Even on lower they vibrate, but above they shake almost Hence pretty much if you’re not into Blur I know…)

We entered a high military area where the suddenly disappeared to become no than a cycle route. The released each other and if on lean the rider would the whole road. Not good for coming in the opposite lane that was.

One rider did go down on this and I decided to slow down it got out of hand in the name of self

Reaching the famous Highway 1, called the Pacific highway the widened. This road would have been for the Buell 1125R had it not been for all the My legs did catch some heat from the engine in 30-45mph and it was not very pleasant.

roasted, but having enjoyed a beautiful day I arrived back at Seca where the road had started.


Laguna baby! Needless to say that left me with a huge The all-new liquid-cooled Buell launch gave me the generous to both ride the famous and test the new flagship Buell On the track there were no with unpredictable low rpm responses, of my legs or vibrating mirrors. I’d go and the 1125R on track any day again.

For the part I found a few issues Buell hopefully have got to address before the great new goes into production autumn. The engine response 4.000rpms is one whilst excessive to the legs and vibrating mirrors are Still, it was a great experience the 1125R also on the road, not as great as on Laguna Seca.

25 th to Buell and welcome to the 21 st Century an all new high tech liquid-cooled

Buell joins liquid-cooled with a powerful 1125cc

Handling both on track and on the

Maintenance friendly (Major @ 20.000 and 40.000 miles +

Big fuel capacity (sportsbikes 20+ litre fuel capacity are

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