The Buell 1125R is a rarely spotted alternative to more commonplace sports bikes from the usual Japanese and Italian manufacturers. With no exaggeration, each and every time I venture out on the Buell - people from all walks of life ask me about the bike - it's a head turner not just due to it's different look but also due to the fabulously rich sound it produces!
This model is fitted with the hi-tech Rotax engine - please don't confuse with the earlier Harley Davidson engined ranges.
Since July 2018 it has been treated to a new rear tyre and a trip to see Maz Matsell at The Emporium in Dukinfield, Manchester for a full service and fitment of a high performance K&N air filter. The noise emission "power killer" device was removed along with the sidestand switch and the stator harness all in the reason of enhanced reliability. Maz is the foremost Buell expert in the UK and has been endorsed by a visit from Erik Buell himself...
The bike is completely standard other than a lightweight GPR Racing exhaust system - the original silencer is also to be included in the sale price.
Condition is near mint - see photos for confirmation. MOT is currently valid until July 2020. Complete with three keys, owners handbook, plus full workshop and electrical manuals. Current mileage is around 6750 miles.Bike is unused since July 2019 but kept on an Optimate charger.
The Buell 1125R is a sports bike that was made by Buell Motorcycle Company in the United States. It was introduced in July 2007 for the 2008 model year. Production of road-going 1125Rs, and all Buell models, ceased in October 2009. In November 2009, Buell founder Erik Buell launched Erik Buell Racing, which initially produced race-only versions of the 1125R.
The 1125R is powered by a 1,125 cc Helicon V-twin engine made by BRP-Powertrain (Rotax) of Austria. The liquid-cooled engine has a V angle of 72° and produces a claimed 146 hp with a rpm limit of 10,500. Motorcycle Consumer News tested 127.1 hp and 71.1 lbft at the rear wheel, while Cycle World reported 134.0 hp @ 9,800 rpm and 75.9 lbft @ 8,300 rpm. The two magazines reported top speeds of 158 and 161 mph respectively, and quarter mile times of 10.51 and 10.39 seconds at 134.32 and 134.09 mph.
The Helicon engine's 72° layout differs from Buell's previous V-twins, which were based on 45° air-cooled Harley-Davidson Sportster motors, modified for greater efficiency and output.
The 1125R includes a number of unconventional design attributes. The patented frame design houses the bike's fuel. The single, eight-piston front brake, called ZTL2, has a 375 mm inverted rotor that is directly attached to the front wheel rim. This enabled Buell to design a front end that was lighter and more responsive than traditional designs. The bike also uses an exhaust under the engine for greater volume. The frame, front end and exhaust all contribute to Buell's main design aim of mass centralisation. Instead of a drive chain the 1125R uses a drive belt, which does not require lubrication or adjustment.
Please note that the Cagiva Elefant 900ie also pictured is no longer available...