The Buell XBRR is still generating a lot of commentary from our readers concerning whether it should have been allowed to compete in the Formula Xtreme series. A good case can be made that it’s a force fit, not legal except for being called so but the more obvious case against it is that the engine is so ill suited to racing alongside the other bikes. When you have to allow twice the displacement or more to get it close, something’s very wrong.
Here’s an idea. How about a Cruiser Twins class? Harley and Buell could go head to head against the metric cruiser crowd, not with actual cruiser style bikes but build sporting style race bikes powered by the V twins from the various cruisers. Let’s see, beside the HD/Buell you have the Honda VTX, the Suzuki Boulevard, the Kawasaki Vulcan, the V Star, the Warrior, and whatever else. There’s a lot to choose from these days. The Boulevard ads for the M109R already say, “Born of GSX-R Heritage.” Oh yeah? Prove it. Didn’t Jesse James build that cafe racer with a VTX engine? Buell already has sportbikes with Harley engines, I think this could work.
Restrict the class to cruiser twins, which simply stated means unless the V twin engine is sold in a cruiser in the showroom, it can’t run. (Sorry Ducati) Allow huge leeway for the bikes to be as creative and racy as possible but no sportbike twins allowed. HD/Buell can’t get a huge advantage and these Power Cruisers, as everyone calls them, could earn some real bragging rights. They already run them on the drag strips so the idea of racing isn’t crazy, build a suitable frame and put them on the track.
Think of the explosion of bike builders you would have building streetable bikes modeled after these things. Instead of show only but marginally rideable choppers, build big inch V twin “Streeters” or “Trackers” or something. Think how much fun they would be to ride with tons of torque. Think what a race series like that would sound like with all of the twins out there. The short lived “Thunder Twins” series might have had a chance if they opened it up this way. Once Ducati get’s in there and the displacement game starts, it’s all over. (Then watch Ducati build a cruiser just to get into the game!)
Let’s see what the home team can do against its real competitors. Let’s see what these power cruisers really have in them. And best of all, let’s see what bike builders come up with to wrap around these engines. So, … what do you think?