Since the announcement of the Buell shutdown, some folks who would know, have been talking about a new Buell model that was in development. Details from those folks are mixed with lots of speculation, so it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.
Someone tipped me to this photo of what they say is the bike in those rumors. It was shot by John Hanson, a contributing photographer for Road Racer X, somewhere near Milwaukee. It’s not what most people expect to see when the name Buell is mentioned.
Speculation about the bike indicates a displacement of 1199cc with much less weight and more horsepower than the current 1125R, it’s the kind of bike you would build if you were planning on World Super Bike competition, or more to the point, the bike you would build as a true, no compromise, world class American sport bike.
Let me repeat, though there is a lot of speculation and rumor about this, until confirmed, it is just that. But, … the plug was pulled, the lights are out, so it may not really matter except as a sad reminder of what might have been.
Photo by John Hanson Road Racer X