Reader Ride. An Interesting Buell.

Ricardo Alcivar sends in some pics of his stealthy and unusual Buell. He writes in:

These are pics of my 1996 Buell S1 Lightning. It is my first motorcycle, purchased in 2001, and still the only. We have a lot of history together. On first glance, it may simply look like a stripped-down Buell, but it’s been upgraded everywhere with a mix of aftermarket, Buell, and even some Harley parts. It’s a pretty polarizing bike; I hear a mix of comments ranging from, “awesome,” to “crazy,” to “what happened to it,” and my favorite, “does somebody actually ride that bike?!” It is still the funnest bike I’ve rode to date as well as one of the best handling despite having time riding everything currently out there that I have an interest in.

I have to say it does look a bit harsh on the back. Nice ride though. Thanks!

Reader Ride. Stunner of a Custom Buell

Paul Shore send in this sweet Buell.

He Writes:
Here are some pictures of a buell that i built for my wife Ann. a bit of Ducati but more Buell = Bucati????
At break in, we had 100 bhp + 100 ftlb torque with another 1000 rpm to go and power / torque still climbing.
That was with the PSI series III 48 ( which actually measures 57mm across the throat ) lectron style carb. having some trouble with
the adjustment we opted to go to a mikuni HSR 48 flat slide which actually dropped power by 3% but adjustability seems much
easier / user friendly than the PSI.

Paul Shore
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Holy Crap! Buell shuts down!

Found this over on “SOUP” Well this sucks.

Buell Motor Company Folds , October 15, 2009

BUELL OFFICIALS THANK CUSTOMERS, DEALERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR UNFORGETTABLE RIDEEAST TROY, Wis. (Oct. 15, 2009) – Buell Motorcycle Company officials thanked the company’s customers, employees and dealers for an unforgettable ride, following today’s announcement by Harley-Davidson, Inc. that it will discontinue the Buell® product line as part of Harley-Davidson’s go-forward business strategy. The new long-term strategy aims to drive Company growth through a focus of efforts and resources on the Harley-Davidson® brand.”I want to personally thank all our past and present Buell employees, dealers and suppliers for their efforts. I also want to thank Buell motorcycle owners for their support and passion for the brand,” said Buell Motorcycle Company President Jon Flickinger.Flickinger said a limited number of new Buell motorcycles remain available for sale through authorized dealerships and production will wind down by October 30. He also stressed that Harley-Davidson will provide replacement parts and service through dealerships and that warranty coverage will continue as normal for Buell motorcycles.”I will always be proud of what we have accomplished. It is a testimony to what a small group of passionate and inspired people can do, and with brilliant innovations, we’ve produced some of the best-handling bikes of all time,” said Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. “I personally look forward to exploring how I can continue to work with Harley-Davidson to bring advanced product technology to riders.”I have also had the great fortune to meet and get to know many Buell riders over the years, and they are an amazing and interesting group of free thinkers,” Buell said. “May you ride with pride into the future. And may your roads ahead be as adventuresome and rewarding as mine have been for the last 26 years.”A wholly owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc. since 1998, Buell Motorcycle Company was founded in 1983 by Erik Buell and produced more than 135,000 motorcycles. Over the past 26 years, Buell motorcycles won numerous design accolades and awards, and countless races and championships around the world, including the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike championship in 2009.