to be pretty manageable. And the good thing is that the power kicks in relatively early, making it ideal for that special road buzz. In terms of design, you pay your money and you take your choice – for instance, some love the idiosyncratic radiator cowlings and some are not so keen (although they might prove very helpful in a spill). But there’s no doubt the relatively short-lived model was full of individuality. With a strange irony, two championships were won on the Buell 1125R models – straddling either side of the announcement that the factory was ceasing

production of all but racing versions. In September 2009, Danny Eslick won the AMA Pro Racing Championship, securing the title at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Then, in November 2009, Hector Arana made sure of the NHRA Pro Stock World Championship at the Southern California NHRA finals. By that time, the Buell 1125RR was going into race-only production with some changes including a titanium exhaust, magnesium wheels, full fairings, and a chain drive.


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