Buell 1125CR 2009

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Buell 1125 CR

This is a the last Buell I, or else, will ever By the time you read this, will be no more. You’ll be able to buy them new until the network sells out, but they’re gone, they’re Here at MBT we’re almost in Despite their eccentricities, occasional foibles and, to be their occasional outright we love Buells.

Probably of all those things, to be honest. resolutely stuck to their even when the reason for so was perhaps no longer so compelling, and did things way before anyone breaking the ground and paving the way for now seen as de rigeur. Mass springs to mind.

Buell doing that before (or anyone else) had even the phrase. But in the cold hard of 2009 economics that enough. This isn’t a dig at Davidson — they their own business to protect and God they’re pretty individual — just a lamentation of the of the market today.

It’s not strictly relevant to this

When Buell launched the supersports a while ago it was hailed as all of things. But flawed genius was one of the descriptions. Genius it certainly mating a storming engine a fabulous chassis and effective to produce a bike that was as good as its predecessor, the sublime Buell Firebolt.

But only as good, because it was certainly as well. The fuelling was suspect some circumstances, especially at and the looks were challenging. But it be denied that it was a bloody motorbike.

So at first glance taking off the (which wasn’t really pretty) and making it a … could only be good. The of weather protection would things down a bit and perhaps lower gearing which disguise the fluffy throttle. sounds promising. Only is a Buell.

So while they the fairing they replaced it something far uglier. And they the gearing alone because this thing accelerate was, frankly, ludicrous. And it wreck the fuel consumption as See?

Flawed genius — sound thinking but execution in places.

So let’s at the bike, then. From the backwards, including the clocks, is as before. So we get the same huge exhaust, the same bulbous but effective and comfortable seat and unit, the same tank, the neat multifunctional clocks, the excellent engine and gearbox.

We get the same fuel injection, for or for worse, the same brakes, and suspension, the same tyres and the enormous radiator cowls. In all that has changed over the version is the removal of the main and its replacement with, um, something

Now let’s get this straight. The had some challenging looks, but the CR and truly does have designed for radio. The radiator which integrated into the in the sportsbike, now sit like stunted claws on either side of the giving the whole bike the of being dressed for a Dynasty with massively oversized pads.

The headlight sits in a pod of its own, lost between massive scoops, while the exhaust headers work way around the radiator and drop the front of the huge collector In isolation, perhaps, none of things would be that of a problem, but taken together just make the whole look a mess.

From the saddle you can’t see any of You just notice the flat and absence of a screen. In fact the of anything — sit on the … and it all but disappears below you, everything apart from the and clocks hidingoutside your vision. Glance down and looking at the front wheel — straight down the legs.

You can actually see the massive pads grabbing the rim mounted Which I think is pretty But slightly odd feeling. The switchgear is to anyone who has ever ridden a Or a 1980’s Kawasaki, for that

Bleeding edge it isn’t, but again what’s to change or The layout is utterly conventional other than the occasional aberration, has become the acceptedstandard all bikes. The actual switchgear especially modern or funky but works perfectly well On the single instrument binnacle are a couple of rubber buttons to the display functions.

You get an analogue in the middle, regardless, and you’ll be to know that the speedo go away, whatever you press. But you can outside temperature, fuel a clock, trip meter, In short, there are displays for about anything you might apart from a lap timer, as as several things you’ll never look at.

The buttons are big to press with gloves on,

Enough talking now, ride.

Turn the key and, as the 1125R, Buell Wisconsin across the display while the needle does a sweep and sorts itself out. The pump whines as it pressurises the and like any modern injected the Buell is ready to go as soon as you can get hand from the key to the button. Hit the before the checks have and the display will keep but the rest will just as usual.

When you’ve hit the though, be prepared for what may out to be a disappointment. As shipped, the Buell sound particularly, um, exciting. The cooling jacket and restrictive huge) exhaust combine to it all terribly muffled and inoffensive.

enough fixed, of course, but a bit of a It’s surprisingly smooth, and blipping the throttle shows it’s responsive as well. The has been further refined the 1125R and it shows.

Happily the should work their way to the sportsbikes as they get serviced, things better for everyone.

The is surprisingly heavy but easy to for reach, and the new gearbox is smooth especially for anyone used to the box of normally living at the end of the lever on a Pulling away is a fuss experience, and everything comes to very easily. Despite the at a standstill or low speed the size of the makes itself felt.

Buell 1125 CR

not exactly light but the balance is and the reach to the ground isn’t for an average sized person. said all that, the Buell is at walking speed, and after a few getting used to it I had no problems full lock U-turns in direction. So it can’t be that

Like its sportier sibling, the has a very direct throttle. to the point of jerkiness, in fact. A bit time getting used to it and had I had the time to fettle all the controls to it fit me as I’d like then I it would have been still. But as it is, smooth progress is that has to be worked at rather just happening automatically as some other, less machinery. The brakes, too, are direct.

And astonishingly powerful. they also have feel, and as such muster the best brakes on a production ever.

Riding the Buell is, as is so the case, a mix of sublime and ridiculous. it in a half-hearted fashion, be lazy or just try to ride like a vee twin and the experience will be at best and frankly horrible at Despite the flexible engine, the throttle response and extremely drive from the Kevlar means that riding at low revs is pretty unpleasant.

You whiplash as well as losing the with which the brilliant is capable of thrusting you forward. less than a firm with steering inputs in a bike that feels at the front and offers no feedback to of. Not something you want on a bike as as this surely is.

And it really is a very capable indeed. Ride with and use the engine’s broad rev range to the and you will be rewarded with a adjustable rapier rather the somewhat unrefined and brutal with which you are otherwise That vague steering light and sensitive, with of feedback and the ability to change at the drop of an elbow.

The snatchy becomes pin sharp and works you to tighten or open your at your slightest whim. The gets a harder, more edge, the hunched over the riding position becomes. it stays a hunched over the riding position, but it works well at keeping the considerable power keeping moving you rather than skywards. And the go from being very to being simply sublime.

Now you may that the Buell is massively and only works properly being ridden in a manner to send you directly to Jail, passing Go or collecting £200. And to an you’d be right. Only to an though. I honestly believe given the time and approval Buell I could have the 1125CR into a far better for everyday riding.

A bit of clutch here, some suspension there and the whole package have simply been to suit. The only difference bikes like this and the mass produced (some say bland or characterless) offerings the mainstream factories is that Aprilias, Ducatis and the like far better to being made a little more bespoke, than being ridden out of the

As it is, the 1125CR is a flawed masterpiece . but a nonetheless. The engine is fabulous, the restrictive exhaust. The handling is and fluid when ridden feeling, it’s comfortable, the work and the brakes are as effective as an skip on a dark night. To put it perspective, some clown out of a right hand turning my path, saw me and stopped ….

the road. The Buell gave me the to brake and start turning and was enough not to fire me into front garden when I the kerb and used the pavement to making myself into a Kia ornament. No drama at all, at as far as the bike was concerned.

I was impressed.

So. As no doubt be aware, Buell are no making bikes. But there’s in the dealers, they’ll stand by and will still be providing excellent service support. quite possible that you get one hell of a bargain on what is, in all one hell of a bike . Just the time to make it truly and it will repay your in spades.

Buell 1125 CR
Buell 1125 CR
Buell 1125 CR
Buell 1125 CR

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