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Firebolt’s innovations hollow in only

Motorcycle technology to follow a predictable course. deference to the adage that wins on Sunday sells on manufacturers pour considerable and money into developing lighter and tighter bikes for the

But every now and then, something in showrooms that is so radical it its thumb at technology’s traditional Buell’s 2003 Firebolt is such a bike.

Erik and his namesake company, now largely by Harley-Davidson, set out to build a back-road that takes on twisties nothing built before. a tall order, but this has innovations galore to help it to the challenge.

Buell’s philosophy is great handling begins mass centralization, a concept dictates keeping as much of the weight as low and as close to the center of the as possible. Like Buells the Firebolt achieves this by the exhaust pipe and muffler to the space under the engine, than letting it hang off the as on most bikes.

But that’s just the beginning. The Firebolt sports a massive frame that uses the fuel-injected motor as a stressed for increased rigidity, an important in a bike made to corner When a motor is a stressed it becomes part of the motorcycle’s structure, rather than a of metal supported by the frame.

impressive is this bike’s end, which features a racing-style inverted fork at a 21-degree angle for super-fast

The front wheel sports an Zero Torsional Load system in which a single disc is mounted to the wheel rather than the spokes or hub. The design reduces weight and sends braking directly to the rim and tire for increased

There are a lot more high-tech to improve the Firebolt’s handling, but are hidden. That big aluminum for instance, is hollow and doubles as the gas tank, which lowers the of gravity compared with a top-mounted gas tank.

A cosmetic at the top of the frame looks like a gas and the fuel nozzle is inserted a conventional looking opening in cover, but the fuel flows the frame.

The swingarm, a device that the rear wheel on a motorcycle, is hollow on this Buell so it can as the engine oil reservoir. The design allowed engineers to keep the at just 52 inches—as short as it on a sportbike—which Buell says remarkable agility while stability at speed.

Buell Firebolt Sport Bike

Buell is not the company with new bikes, of Here are some of the freshest of the sport-touring bikes and standards out year.

— Aprilia RSV Best known in Europe for its and small commuter bikes, has learned a lot since it attacked the sportbike market a couple of ago. This knowledge its way into Aprilia’s new 1-liter for the RXV line in the form of new cams, and pistons for more power. $13,499

— BMW K1200RS: The RS gets acclaimed anti-lock brake this year, which not keeps the brakes from but also modulates stopping between front and rear to result in faster stops for riders. Though the 1,171-cc 4 motor is unchanged, BMW focused on comforts, giving this a new fairing design for better from the elements and taller to take pressure off the wrists on rides. MSRP: $16,990

Ducati ST4s: The old ST4 sport-tourer got engine and suspension upgrades and is the ST4s this year. power is the 996-cc mill powered Ducati’s previous The revamped suspension includes a Ohlins shock, Showa and a new aluminum swingarm, which the bike a sportier focus. $15,195

— Ducati Monster 620 Priced and sized for entry-level this baby Duc has an array of bits, including fuel dual disc front and a 28-mm trellis frame. might consider the $500-cheaper model, which has matte-black and a single-disc brake upfront. $6,995

— Honda The RR sportbike just keeps bigger and badder. After to 929 from 919 cc for 2000, the fuel-injected is up to 954 cc, thanks to a 1-millimeter bore It looks cooler, too, to a new three-bulb headlight assembly and graphics.

Honda also put this on a diet, shaving nearly pounds to give the 954 a svelte claimed dry weight. MSRP:

Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike

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