Riding the Daytona SportBike-spec Buell 1125R —

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Buell 1125R Sport Bike

Separate-But Equal?

Our ride on Morris Racing’s Buell started with a lot of questions, and no answers:

How much does it

Close enough to the class

How many horsepower?

Ride it and me what you think it makes.

And so on. understandable why Buell’s head of RD, David McGrath, is so guarded. In the controversial Daytona SportBike where the Buell 1125cc competes directly against 600cc fours, the less you about hard numbers, the

We sampled Michael Barnes’ bike just before the AMA at Road America in June. The is essentially stock, except for a exhaust, ECU and Suter slipper Chassis changes include a swingarm conversion, Öhlins TTX and Öhlins 25mm cartridges in the fork legs. Magnesium fiberglass bodywork and a race and fairing bracket help almost 100 pounds-close enough to the 380-pound minimum.

All of these parts are available the counter, and Morris reckons you roll your own replica for $30K.

On track, the racer no resemblance to a stock 1125R. steering cups that rake 1 degree, plus an (but substantial) rear increase, completely change the attitude. The racebike feels in the saddle, but turns-in quicker the stocker, holds its line and still manages impressive

Buell 1125R Sport Bike

It’s got a cop motor, cop tires, cop cop shocks. Okay, not quite, but AMA Pro Racing’s new Buell 1125R and pace and safety bikes do cop paint, and genuine cop-spec LED lights. Both will be replacements for the safety cars marshaled races earlier in the with distinctly un-safe

It’s got a cop motor, cop tires, cop cop shocks. Okay, not quite, but AMA

AMA Pro Racing recently issued a release claiming a .49-pound-per-horsepower between the top-10 qualifying SportBikes at the Barber Motorsports implying parity between the 600s and the mountain-motored Buells. might be true in terms of power, but the big-bore Buell’s midrange advantage was evident the first turn.

The 1125R rockets away corners and locomotives toward the top of the like a proper V-twin even lofting the front in fifth gear over the of Road America’s uphill straight. How much power do I it makes? One-fifty at the wheel-and not a less.

Is the Buell a cheater, or a champion? The undeniable off-corner advantage helps at point-and-shoot tracks Danny Eslick’s double at Fontana), but in terms of top speed, seem more equal. At Road America, 600s won races while the top-finishing was fourth.

Whatever the rules, the results that Daytona SportBike is a fair fight-no question that.

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