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A Tour of Erik Buell’s

On a beautiful spring day not long I was near Mukwonago, Wisconsin, on a old abandoned farm. On the property is the shed where a racer and Harley-Davidson engineer named Buell started the company today as the Buell Motorcycle

The shed, also known as barn” (even though next to an actual barn) has recently restored by Harley-Davidson’s people to the condition it was in during the when Buell was developing his and RR1000 roadracers. As recently as a years ago, Buell had not in the building for many years and it was falling apart, filled debris and deteriorating parts and

Erik Buell himself was on to give the assembled journalists a of the facility, which is really a three-car garage with a extra workspace. Three workstands held three bikes.

The first was the RW750. by a very young Erik in the early ’80s, the RW used a chassis (of Erik’s design) and the Barton two-… Four. prone to seizures than an at a Pink Floyd concert, the made 163 hp and could push the racer to 178 mph.

One was sold (to the International Association of racing team, if you can believe it, and the bike on display), but in 1985 the AMA the Formula One class the bike was for. This prompted to start building streetbikes Harley-Davidson powerplants.

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Closest to the door was a prototype of the roadracer Buell whipped up for management in 1989. Close reveals a fuel-in-frame chassis, radiators, and of course, a four-valve, V-Twin. H-D went with a conventional design, but Buell the idea for both the motor and alive, which led to…

…the big bike on the next bench, a of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. It was ridden Europe by Porsche’s testers, camouflaged in matte-black Suzuki bodywork. Initially, the motor was to be co-developed for Buell and Harley-Davidson, but management changed their and only wanted the one motor.

At over 200 pounds, it was too heavy for so he focused attention on air-cooled and the entry-level bike Harley was for, the Blast.

It was an informative and interesting half-hour I in that little barn, not for a Buell fan, but for anybody in the narrative of how a young roadracer and from Pittsburgh followed his and created a motorcycle company scratch. If you’d like to see the in its entirety, head to my blog and out the video I shot. Enjoy!

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