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History of Erik Buell Uncut version
9-12-2010 - Here is a nice intervieuw with Erik Buell, This is the uncut version.
From the RW750 until the 1125R, Have fun....
And a Nice one for the Tube lovers...
By the Numbers: The End of Buell
From the May, 2010 issue of Motorcyclist
By Aaron Frank
Photography by Aaron Frank
|1983||Erik Buell founds the Buell Motor Company. The first production model is the RW750 two-stroke roadracer. Only one is sold. |
|1993||Buell partners with Harley-Davidson. Buell Motorcycles, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Motor Company, is formed 10 years later in 2003.|
|10/30/09||Date the final Buell Motorcycle, a Lightning XB12Scg, rolls off the East Troy, Wisconsin, assembly line. |
|136,923||Total Buell production over the company's 26-year history. |
|2||Percentage share of the total sportbike market held by Buell in '08. |
|190||Number of Buell employees let go at the time of the factory's closure. |
|6||Number of employees at the newly formed Erik Buell Racing.|
|2||Number of motorcycles sold, at press time, by Erik Buell Racing. Both were 185-bhp 1190RR superbikes, sold to the Pegasus race team to compete in the European Sound of Thunder series. |
|$7995||MSRP of a brand-new, race-only Buell 1125R track bike from Erik Buell Racing. |
|$5000||Cash rebate H-D reportedly paid its dealers for each Buell motorcycle sold after it announced the brand would be discontinued. This led some dealers to slash prices as low as $5995 for brand-new 1125R and CR models|
|$125.8||Losses, in millions, resulting from costs related to Harley-Davidson's decision to discontinue operation of its Buell and MV Agusta subsidiaries.|
|30||Length, in days, of the Buell Motorcycle factory liquidation sale.|
|2-1-11||Date Erik Buell's non-compete clause with H-D expires, freeing him to potentially apply his engineering talents to another motorcycle line.|