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October 16, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
American race bike designer Erik Buell has taken the wraps off his highly anticipated new entrant into the U.S. sport bike field. It's the EBR1190RX, and it's a beauty. Cranking 185 horsepower and 102 foot-pounds of torque, and weighing in at 419 pounds, it's also going to be a screamer. PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 fuel-efficient motorcycles Unveiled Wednesday at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., Buell's new machine is the latest in a long line of cutting-edge motorcycles from the East Troy, Wis., bike builder.
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October 16, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
American race bike designer Erik Buell has taken the wraps off his highly anticipated new entrant into the U.S. sport bike field. It's the EBR1190RX, and it's a beauty. Cranking 185 horsepower and 102 foot-pounds of torque, and weighing in at 419 pounds, it's also going to be a screamer. PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 fuel-efficient motorcycles Unveiled Wednesday at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., Buell's new machine is the latest in a long line of cutting-edge motorcycles from the East Troy, Wis., bike builder.
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December 9, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
The latest creation from American motorcycle designer and entrepreneur Erik Buell was on display at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show, and -- it's a stunner. The EBR 1190RS competition race bike retails for $39,999 and up -- at the high end for the new 2013 models on display at the Long Beach show. The 1190RS is a massively powerful, massively fast bike -- 175 horsepower and only 389 pounds -- showing up on some podiums around the GP circuit, under the ridership of Geoff May and Danny Eslick.
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December 9, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
The latest creation from American motorcycle designer and entrepreneur Erik Buell was on display at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show, and -- it's a stunner. The EBR 1190RS competition race bike retails for $39,999 and up -- at the high end for the new 2013 models on display at the Long Beach show. The 1190RS is a massively powerful, massively fast bike -- 175 horsepower and only 389 pounds -- showing up on some podiums around the GP circuit, under the ridership of Geoff May and Danny Eslick.
AUTOS
April 9, 2008 | SUSAN CARPENTER
IN bringing the newest Ulysses to market, Erik Buell has lived quite the odyssey -- from farm boy to Superbike racer to Harley-Davidson engineer to Buell Motorcycle Co. founder, chairman and chief technical officer. It's been 25 years since Buell's name first doubled as a marque, and in that time his company has birthed 22 different motorcycles. Some, including the long-standing Blast "beginner's bike," have been hits. Others, such as the X1 streetfighter were misses.
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January 28, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
'The Naked Motorcycle" sounds like the title of a lost Jacqueline Susann novel. But instead, "naked" is the new designation for a type of motorcycle whose history stretches back to the vehicle's beginnings in the 19th century. It is still a relatively no-frills bike with little body work and an upright seating position in all likelihood influenced by how people rode horses and bicycles. "Just an engine and a frame," said a motorcyclist pal after he took a spin on the Buell Lightning X1, one of the new crop of naked bikes.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
The Ducati apparel fashion show didn't hurt, but it was the motorcycles on the convention floor turned more heads than the models on the runway at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach. Stefano Sbettega, marketing and communications director for Ducati North America, stood among the gleaming red, black and white machines -- near the espresso bar, in front of the red, black and white cupcakes, just to the side of the Ducati champagne -- and said that although the company is happy with the American response to its motorcycles, the year to come may well be Ducati's best.
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November 4, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson on Monday blew the covers off two dramatic new motorcycles for 2014: the Street 750 and Street 500. The bikes represent an aggressive attempt to expand Harley's already massive reach to younger, newer and smaller riders by offering them a substantially lighter and more manageable urban street cruiser. Both models feature the company's Dark Custom stylings, and a new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Revolution X motor, cradled in an all-new frame. Lane-splitting controversy: guidelines from the CHP The belt-driven bikes feature a seat height of barely 25 inches and a fueled weight of only 480 pounds.
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December 15, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
A big buzzword at the recently concluded Progressive International Motorcycle Show was "entry-level. " Everyone from Suzuki (with its GW250) to Honda (with its CB500 line) to KTM (with the return of its 690 Duke) was talking about bringing new customers to motorcycling -- especially younger riders and female riders -- by offering them stylish, affordable, easy-to-ride bikes. After several hours on the 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, it occurred to me that the Italian manufacturer might have built a 750cc starter bike.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Harley-Davidson Inc. is engineering its own makeover, and some shocked fans and workers aren't pleased. In reporting an 84% drop in quarterly earnings, the Milwaukee manufacturer said Thursday that it is shutting down its longtime Buell product line and selling its MV Agusta business, an exclusive, high-end Italian brand it bought only last year. The company said it wants to focus on its core Harley brand. The decision to get out of sport bikes left a small but devoted ridership "kind of depressed," said Joe Frus, owner of the American Thunderbike Club, an online forum for Buell fans with 2,000 members.
AUTOS
April 9, 2008 | SUSAN CARPENTER
IN bringing the newest Ulysses to market, Erik Buell has lived quite the odyssey -- from farm boy to Superbike racer to Harley-Davidson engineer to Buell Motorcycle Co. founder, chairman and chief technical officer. It's been 25 years since Buell's name first doubled as a marque, and in that time his company has birthed 22 different motorcycles. Some, including the long-standing Blast "beginner's bike," have been hits. Others, such as the X1 streetfighter were misses.
NEWS
January 28, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
'The Naked Motorcycle" sounds like the title of a lost Jacqueline Susann novel. But instead, "naked" is the new designation for a type of motorcycle whose history stretches back to the vehicle's beginnings in the 19th century. It is still a relatively no-frills bike with little body work and an upright seating position in all likelihood influenced by how people rode horses and bicycles. "Just an engine and a frame," said a motorcyclist pal after he took a spin on the Buell Lightning X1, one of the new crop of naked bikes.
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January 24, 2007 | THROTTLE JOCKEY
BUELL'S latest has a tongue twister of a name that rivals the military for acronymic ambiguity. It's called the Lightning Super TT XB12STT. Try saying that three times quickly. It's still faster than explaining what the bike actually is. The latest in Buell's Lightning lineup, the Super TT is a tribute to the past, present and future. It's a nod to Buell's parent company, Harley-Davidson -- both its early history in TT racing and its present as the custom culture standard.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2011 | Susan Carpenter
After several bumpy years, the motorcycle industry is hoping for smoother roads ahead as the International Motorcycle Shows tour rolls into Long Beach this weekend. Since the economy began significantly losing ground in 2008, annual new-motorcycle sales in the United States have plunged by about half to some 300,000 units, as money-conscious consumers chose not to make the often-discretionary purchases. After falling 41% in 2009 and 14% last year, sales of new motorcycles are mostly flat this year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine, and are likely to remain there as long as the economy remains stagnant.
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