The January 2011 issue of Motorcyclist magazine is just out and has a very informative interview with Erik Buell where Erik talks about some of the developments during and after the time Buell was shutdown. One point I thought was interesting was that Harley Davidson licensed the Buell name and allowed Erik to sell derivative Buell racebikes, but only until December 21, 2010, a date fast approaching. The agreement kept the brand alive so Harley could sell off the remaining Buells in inventory. Though Erik is obviously working hard on a street bike, none of his future bikes will be able to carry the Buell name.
Erik is a class act. During the interview he stated he’s not looking back and just wants to move forward. That spy shot we showed you here, was indeed the Barracuda 2 with Erik himself at the controls. It was planned for a 2011 introduction. Though he cannot build that exact bike since Harley retained the bike and the rights to it, he can build something similar integrating more of his own ideas. We’re all hoping those efforts are successful.
There’s a lot more in the interview, including a potential manufacturer for future Buell designed motorcycles, and it’s well worth your time to check it out. If you don’t have the issue yet, you can get a digital subscription and read it immediately.