Buell for the masses?

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  1. DGA

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  2. Wyckedan

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    Not a fan. Saw it at IMS last year, just doesn't do it for me at all. The reversed rotors, 2 stroke looking exhaust, bland broad fairings, just looks like a generic futuristic stylized bike. And at $20,000 it better be AMAZING or it won't sell. The BMW is $2k OTD cheaper than the list price, and it's performance standards are huge.
     
  3. I think its ugggggly
     
  4. Well, if it was priced near a standard liter bike, maybe.... But if I'm paying that much, guess what, my bike will say Ducati not Buell... Oh, and even with a Duc, I'd still have a few bucks left for Starbucks...
     
  5. DGA

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    Personally I like the way it looks. Sure, generic on some fronts but also pleasing to the eye.

    I saw it at Laguna Seca last year and had a chance to talk briefly to Eric Buell. The man's passion for bikes is easy to notice right off the bat, even if you had no clue who he was. I think he realizes what it takes to make a competitive bike - at that price - and I think he'll hit the mark.
     
  6. It really isn't "there" yet. I know that early-adopters are going to be necessary to keep EBR afloat while they continue to develop the bike, but that isn't going to be me.

    Hope they can get it all worked out before they run out of money. I've been watching them progress in AMA closely.
     
  7. Not really feeling it for this one.

    It looks like a complete design rip-off of a Bimota DB7....


    Pass
     
  8. Im all for an american Affordable sportbike, but...
    $20k projected price and Buell only has $20M out of estimated $100M for startup -- it may be a while.
     
  9. RedKat600

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    Holy shit! Yeah it does!

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  10. Wyckedan

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    Except the DB7 is classy and sexy. It is amazing to see how blatantly a design ripoff it is though. Good eye
     
  11. What? I thought that said affordable streetbike.
    Let's be competitive at least.
    That thing is talking Panigale pricing.
     
  12. Not so sure I'd call it a ripoff. They have plenty of similarities, sure. But what motorcycle out there couldn't be related to another?

    The bike doesn't quite do it for me, considering the price. But I applaud anyone trying to make an American street bike company work. And I also can't help but appreciate the ingenuity in being a little different, and utilizing some ideas that are likely where the future will go (like that front brake).

    That said, I don't particularly care either way what comes of all this. More choices can't be a bad thing when buying a bike though, right?
     
  13. I love Buells and I'm pull'in for Eric. This is the one I'm waiting for:

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  14. Wyckedan

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    No way brakes are headed there. They have terrible feel and are wobbly feeling. No idea why he feels the need to keep using them. You don't see Brembo putting out anything like that
     
  15. DGA

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    They fixed that problem on these, so says Cycle World anyway. I think they added couple of more pistons to the caliper and the author called the brakes pretty darn impressive.

    I have mixed feelings about the front fairing, it's not ugly or is it good looking, but the rest of the bike works for me...love the angular tank and tail.
     
  16. I love it! :mfclap:

    Looks like a proper streetbike with just enough changed to set it apart from the crowd. Buell owners seem to love their machines, and Eric Buell has done a fantastic job at keeping his head in the game even with his hard times from Harley Davidson.

    Would expect a lot of torque and great hp numbers (though likely short of the Japanese counterparts). If in production and under $20k retail I'd certainly rock one! 8)
     
  17. Reminds me a bit of the Fischer withouth the GSXR headlight.

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