First Ride: 2009 Buell 1125CR Sport Rider

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Buell 1125 CR


A little more a year ago journalists the world migrated to Mazda Raceway Seca for what promised to be an turn of events in the world of It was here that Buell finally legitimize itself and a contender in it’s hands the 1125R. With Buell’s for innovation, the only thing the company from being a player was a liquid-cooled engine.

As we all by now, the world’s press SR) didn’t exactly walk from the launch brimming confidence about the new bike. were a number of issues needed to be addressed and it wasn’t almost a year later we received our own test bike for (Breaking All The Rules, Sept. That test bike a noticeable difference to the preproduction we rode at the intro, but the problems still there.

Being the that we are, we, the motorcycle were quick to point things out. Some utter disregard for political

What a difference a year Buell read all the reviews and to its customers and set out to right the wrongs. To any language barriers or miscommunication, engineers made the trip to to talk directly to the engineers to out what was causing many of the the new engine was experiencing.

Meanwhile, visions of a modern of the caf racer style motorcycle starting to take shape in Wisconsin. Hence, the 1125CR was

What Is It?

The formula for the 1125CR is simple, really. Start a standard 1125R, lob off the front assembly and replace it with a headlight and pseudo flyscreen. toss the clip-on bars and fit a bar instead. That’s it. The rest of the is exactly the same.

At its heart is the 1125cc Helicon engine we’ve written about of times in these pages. In you forgot, the main things to about this engine is liquid-cooled, 1125cc, and actually out less peak torque the air-cooled mills in the XB12-series But where the XBs made good but ran out of revs, the 1125 will you into next Tuesday-no what gear you’re in.

you also need to remember this engine (at least in our test bike) is that below 4,000 rpm was inconsistent and the of heat being spewed was unbearable. The CR promises to remedy those issues with its fuel mapping (which its way to the fully faired R model for as well). We’ll cover how that works a little

In traditional Buell style, all 5.3 of fuel is stored in the frame, the same 47mm inverted with compression and rebound as well as preload adjustment is carried over from the R. trademark Zero Torsional rim-mounted brake disk out front with the same caliper from the XB-RR only this time red-you know, to distinguish One change worth noting: the gearing has gained three in the rear compared to the R model, acceleration at the expense of top speed.

as how …-style bikes aren’t as in the states as they are abroad, launched the 1125CR in Berlin, giving journalists one day on the track and on the street to see if the changes actually History will remember the of the original 1125R at Laguna as something just shy of a debacle-the were preproduction machines from various issues, the launch being used as of an RD; session for production models. In the bikes weren’t ready for

This time around would be different. First, a day at the would let the CR showcase its track while the street ride the day would show how the bike be used in everyday situations.

Der Spreewaldring

When we tested the 1125R at the Streets Of Willow we experienced various handling constant pressure was required on the to hold a line, eventually to the fork tubes being in the triple clamps ten millimeters. the fork tubes flush the top of the triple clamps, handling on our was much improved. With the CR set at the settings, it again showed instability at the Spreewaldring.

Sitting on the the clubman handlebar puts the in a position similar to the 1125R. moving, bar inputs again needed to keep the bike in the bike’s shallow 21-degree not helping in the stability department. At a pace this tendency away and the bike would a line with minimal bar

Seeing as how the Spreewaldring is a new facility excellent upkeep, the racing was glass smooth, which give much in the way of suspension

When the 1125cc engine is at track speeds it’s an mill. Power is available nearly redline, though through the gears isn’t as as its Japanese counterparts. The vacuum-assisted clutch on the 1125CR proved to be a feature, but banging down the gears quickly still the rear end to chatter-something a ramp-style typically does a better job of

Speaking of control, the ZTL2 again proved to be extremely at the expense of feel and modulation. on the binders was an on/off affair no middle ground. Great if into lofting the rear not so much otherwise.


The 1125 family really shown too many hiccups on the Its street manners, on the other leave some to be desired. we mentioned Buell engineers meeting with their partners to determine what was the heating issues and poor below four-grand. The result of meeting is a revised spark map drastically improves the bike’s fueling. Whereas before the R would lunge and surge at speeds, the CR cruises along.

deliberate sixth-gear runs at 45 per hour didn’t get the mill to And wouldn’t you know it; now that the mixture is being ignited the engine heat we complained last year has all but vanished. sitting idle at a rest the heat emanating onto my leg was at worst.

Of course, with an engine this what’s the point in it under four grand? the shorter final-drive gearing, the CR from the line or out of corners more sprightly than the R. top speed runs are downright on most roads this of the pond, the German autobahn to be about as perfect a setup to stretch the CR’s legs. And we (err.

I) did-bouncing off the rev limiter in gear showed an indicated top of 263 kilometers per hour, which to roughly 163 miles per hour. protection is obviously limited on bike, but it was only at these speeds where I was starting to for a screen.

Buell has a host of available for the CR already, but a must-have for the street rider is the upright kit. For $185, it includes the with extended brake and throttle cables. At anything but a setting, these bars are the way to go for comfortable riding.

Hard Pays Off

As charming as the city of proved to be, there weren’t options for twisty roads-the being set up mainly to experience the made to the engine bay. impressions are that Buell succeeded in righting its wrongs. are few, but the brakes are on top of that

Having mind boggling power is nice, but being to control it would be even Also, the addition of a gear is a nice touch, but its small located low on the gauge cluster it hard to read.

That it looks like the Buell is ready for the big show-after only one Bikes should already be by the time you read this and is $11,695. By that time hopefully have our hands on as well as the other contenders in the for a … bike free-for-all.


Buell 1125CR



Type: 4-…, DOHC V-twin


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