Buell 1125R shows impressive racing potential

After a disappointing press launch, Buell's oddball superbike shows great promise at early race events

Buell's 1125R in action at Daytona

BUELL's 1125R might have not enjoyed a friendly reception on the press launch - the reports were less than flattering for the all-new Superbike, with the suspension taking most of the flack - however, it hasn't taken the 1125R long to make an impact in racing circles.

In a 300 mile endurance race in the US, an 1125R was in contention for the win, when a rubber build-up on the 'lifetime' drive belt caused the belt to fray, forcing the team to pit. They eventually finished 25th.

Then in Germany, an 1125R, entered by a German Buell dealer, Team Buell Hannover, finished an impressive 2nd in a 1000km endurance race at the Hockenheim circuit. They were beaten only by the factory BMW team. What makes this 2nd place even more impressive is the fact that Team Buell Hannover only had three days to strip and prepare their 1125R before raceday.

“I am absolutely ecstatic. The 1125R is a quantum leap in output and performance. The 146hp twin-cylinder engine, developed by Rotax to Buell specifications, is a perfect match for the best chassis that Erik Buell has ever designed.” says Volker Schirmer, manager of Buell Hannover.