Buell Is Back!

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  1. Baldhead_J

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    By David Swarts.


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    A 2021 Buell Hammerhead 1190RX. Image courtesy Buell Motorcycle.






    The Buell Motorcycle brand is coming back strong in 2021 with plans to have 10 different American-made motorcycle models by 2024, according to a press release from the revived company.

    EBR (Erik Buell Racing) Motorcycles, the company started by Erik Buell in 2010, has acquired the Buell brand name and trademarks and is moving forward with aggressive plans under the leadership of CEO Bill Melvin.

    “It’s a very exciting day,” Melvin exclusively told Roadracingworld.com Thursday. “It’s been a lot of work with a lot of people, and now the real work starts.”



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    Another view of the 2021 Buell Hammerhead 1190RX. Image courtesy Buell Motorcycle.


    If a lot of this sounds very familiar and very confusing at the same time, it’s understandable.

    Erik Buell started out as a privateer road racer who went to work as an engineer for Harley-Davidson. Buell then went out on his own and started Buell Motorcycle Company, which built sportbikes using Harley-Davidson engines and many of Buell’s unique engineering ideas.

    Over time, Harley-Davidson invested in Buell Motorcycle Company and eventually bought a 100% ownership stake, keeping Buell on as Chief Technical Officer and front man for the company.

    Then in the midst of the global recession in 2009, Keith Wandell, the non-motorcyclist CEO in charge of Harley-Davidson, decided to shut down Buell Motorcycle Company. A firm called Liquid Asset Partners, led by CEO Bill Melvin – the same Bill Melvin, was contracted to liquidate Buell Motorcycle Company, which it did.

    Erik Buell rebounded by starting Erik Buell Racing (EBR), which built and sold race-only motorcycles and the parts to support them. EBR eventually grew to where it was producing its own streetbikes with the 1190 RS and 1190 RX sportbikes leading its limited lineup.

    EBR took its 1190 RX racing in AMA Pro Superbike and the FIM Superbike World Championship. Hero, an Indian motorcycle manufacturer that was contracting EBR to do motorcycle engineering work for it, came on as a sponsor of the EBR race team and eventually bought a minority ownership stake in EBR.

    Financial problems related to Hero not making its payments, however, led EBR to go into receivership and the company shut down in 2015.

    Liquid Asset Partners was contracted again to auction off the assets of EBR, but this time Liquid Asset Partners decided to purchase EBR and keep America’s only sportbike manufacturer alive. And that’s what has been happening, albeit on a small scale since 2012.



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    Employees assembling 2021 Buell 1190SX naked sportbikes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo courtesy Buell Motorcycle.


    Now, EBR has acquired the Buell brand name and trademark and is setting out on an aggressive plan to develop and market a lineup of Buell motorcycles including sportbikes, dual-sports, and adventure tourers plus cruisers, dirt bikes, and electric motorcycles.

    “We start with the fastest American production motorcycles, hand-built in the USA, so that’s a nice start!” said Melvin. “We’re building out those platforms for more touring and adventure models, then we’re expanding our [engine] displacements to be competitive with other global brands. The passionate Buell Nation can grow and thrive again.”

    Erik Buell will not have a role in the new company, according to Melvin, because Erik Buell is currently involved with the electric motorcycle and bicycle company Fuell.

    Buell’s first 2021 offerings are the Hammerhead 1190RX sportbike, the 1190SX naked sportbike, the 1190HCR hillclimb racebike, and the soon-to-be-available 1190 Super Touring machine.



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    A concept image of Buell’s new 1190 Super Touring model. Image courtesy Buell Motorcycle.


    Buell Motorcycle will have motorcycles on display at the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Mega Store in Daytona Beach, Florida, during Bike Week 2021.

    For more information, go to www.BuellMotorcycle.com.





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    2020 AMA Hillclimb Premier class Champion Logan Cipalla’s Buell 1190HCR, which will be produced in collaboration with Cipalla Racing and sold by Buell Motorcycle. It will also be the basis of new off-road Buell models. Photo courtesy Buell Motorcycle.




    More, from a press release issued by Buell Motorcycle:

    Buell is Back.

    Buell Motorcycles are back in production in America.

    Grand Rapids, MI – Buell Motorcycles is back in production in America. The new Buell® Motorcycles will launch 10 performance models by the 2024 model year. The exciting models will be representative of the superbike performance and handling expected of the legendary Buell brand. Exciting times ahead for fans of American Motorcycles.

    “Buell is back!” said Bill Melvin, CEO. “We are excited to bring Buell back with this awesome assortment of superbikes and performance motorcycles. We start with the fastest American production motorcycles, hand built in the USA, so that’s a nice start! We’re building out those platforms for more touring & adventure models, then we’re expanding our displacements to be competitive with other global brands. The passionate Buell Nation can grow and thrive again.”

    Buell Motorcycle upcoming models will include variants for dirt, dual-sport, touring, and cruisers while expanding the line up to include medium and small displacement motors. Buell is also in the initial exploration phases for a high-performance Electric model and is open to collaboration ideas with other companies. The models currently in production are built by hand in Grand Rapids, Michigan and based on the high-performance 1190 platform, known for the innovation of Fuel in Frame, Perimeter Brake Rotor, exceptional handling, and high horsepower.

    “Buell is known as the American brand for high performance, innovation, & adventure. Fast is fun again on a Buell. We will continue and expand on that,” said Melvin. “We have already launched a dirt bike with Cipala Racing that won an AMA Championship and Buell will be dominating at NHRA this year. Follow us Facebook and Instagram where we’ll showcase passionate fans, new developments, as well as racers and riders having fun on a Buell. The future will be fast and fun on a Buell.”

    EBR Motorcycles acquired the Buell brand in early 2020 and began developments to bring Buell back. Buell will be present at Daytona Bike Week 2021 at J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Mega Store. Visit the Buell booth for gear, to view current models, and learn about the developments of the fast and fun American Motorcycle brand.

    Buell is back and racing to the future!

    Website: www.BuellMotorcycle.com

    Email for Information: Info@BuellMotorcycle.com
     
  2. Baldhead_J

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    Buell is back without Eric Buell. Indian is back without Hendee. Is there a difference? They're both American made motorcycles.

    Those of headed to Daytona will get to see first hand and let us know!
     
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    That’s pretty dang cool.
     
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    Hmm,

    So first Indian announces a hill climb bike not to very long ago, now Buell.

    This makes me wonder what is going on in the hill climbing world.

    Big fish small pond syndrome, or is someone dangling a carrot?

    4T
     
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    Really good point. Yeah, I think there is a difference. Plus, there's something just not adding up about this story (for me).
     
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    What'cha mean?
     
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    Hey if it means more choices for us I'm in.
     
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    IDK....I never really considered Buell an established brand. Eric Buell, for all of his engineering brilliance, even with the HD support (or dis interest) couldn't get bikes sold. Yeah, there were a few people that thought their bikes were cool, but all the brand did was spit and sputter. Now, you take the Buell "brand" (without EB) and POOF ....plan to launch an entire line of bikes.....?

    It's a gut thing....this guy- (well maybe this industry) bothers me Liquid Asset Partners, LLC . They specialize in making money off of other peoples and business's failures.

    Its' one thing for a company like Polaris to spend years researching an iconic brand and then design a new motorcycle. Buell is not an iconic brand, they didn't sell any bikes to speak of, and never really got off the ground....even when trying to link with perhaps the MOST iconic mcy brand....

    What am I missing?
     
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    Ditto from me,.....
    Alpal
     
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    So...Buell represents [still] the great American Hope that we can challenge and overcome Nipo-European Dominance on the race track. It comes from the wellspring of the American Underdog spirit that causes us all to believe that with our innate drive to work and innovate, we can slay giants.
    Buell is an icon. It's The Phoenix many await the rise of. Alternatively, it's more American engineering and manufacturing jobs and products in the moto-market and that's just kick-assery.
     
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    What this guy^^^ said. Great American hope. We need it.
     
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    It is true that every so often a true innovator puts an inspired hand to the motorcycle and works doggedly to achieve the near impossible. Burt Munro and John Britten were obviously men of this caliber. Erik Buell may well be another.
    Buell without Buell? - time will tell.
     
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    John Britten, now after reading that name, did you know he had plans for a super street / race bike in the design works for Indian Motorcycles. Read it somewhere on the net world. Indian will unleash a massive surprise sooner or later and compete in the Superbike world, my belief.
     
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    Personally after HD screwed him over. I’d love to see the name come back with something to be reckoned with myself !
     
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    You started a sentence with the the word "so"? We've never met, but damn you don't come across like that kind of guy! (C'mon, laugh that was funny....)

    Now I'm going to be a dick, prepare thyself! This was your original question;

    [Buell is back without Eric Buell. Indian is back without Hendee. Is there a difference? They're both American made motorcycles.]

    So <GRIN>, while I thoroughly enjoyed your well written inspiring soliloquy about the American Dream, the virtues of Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, giant slaying, American engineering and Win Rocky Win!, that was not your original question, nor what I opined about.

    Anyone?
     
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    People that buy these bikes have a name....:D

     
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    Unfortunately the great “American” bikes are made from parts almost 50% made overseas, mostly China.
     
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    Global supply chains are how the world is run. Not sure "anyone" could afford 100% American.
     
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    Victory when in business bragged about 88% American made. Harley not so much for quite some time now. Indian who knows anymore. They are all less and less as time goes on. All about the $$
     

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