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Old 12-07-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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A New Bike Dealer for Lux to Visit

I'm stoked. An American bike builder starting fresh.

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Erik Buell Racing, in East Troy, says it has secured financing from GE Capital to build a motorcycle dealership network.

The company, founded by motorcycle racer and former Harley-Davidson employee Erik Buell, says the financing from GE Capital's Commercial Distribution Finance unit will allow dealers to stock, market and sell a wide variety of motorcycles and related products.

Buell's first production motorcycle is the EBR 1190RS, a street bike that sells for about $40,000. The company also says it's developing other models aimed at the high-performance motorcycle market.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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Buell is a great bike, I was blown away when Harley dropped them after Danny Eslick won the Daytona Sportbike Class on a Buell. Great bikes, no top end but damn gutsy and handle great in the corners, I got to test a couple out at Spring mountain raceway back in '09. Erik is a class act, good for him...
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hopefully he will manufacture a few lower cost bikes we can all enjoy as well. He just started making some really great machines when Harley dropped him. Go EriK!
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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I love the idea of an American company that is not based on heavy cruisers, but instead having a performance base.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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Nice idea but 40K? That leaves me out. I can buy a Vrod and (insert favorite 2nd bike here) with money left over for mods. Still I wish him well, hope he makes some cheaper stuff.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:54 PM   #6
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Nice idea but 40K? That leaves me out. I can buy a Vrod and (insert favorite 2nd bike here) with money left over for mods. Still I wish him well, hope he makes some cheaper stuff.
Once he mass produces, they should have a lower price tag and also be more geared toward the street instead of the 40K track ready bike he sells now.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #7
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I visited his shop with few friends last year. He personally gave us a little tour (we couldn't really go in the back cause they were working on some top secret sh!t) and we talked about his previous bikes and 1190RS. $40K+ is for 1190RS which he makes 100 pieces or so and it's over. He mentioned about having three models up his sleeve and depending on "how things go" he expect them out mid 2013 in the earliest or later as 2014 models but it was big "IF" at that time. He said he hopes for sub $15K in the beginning and if it takes off he plans to lower the prices if sales numbers pick up. Keep in mind this conversation took place last year and I believe things changed since than.

As always pics or it didn't happened - Mr Erik Buell and myself with 1190RS Carbon Edition
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:57 PM   #8
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Buell is still the worst bike I ever rode, Never again. I never wanted to be off a bike before in my life as badly as I did that day. Congrats to him and his Co hope he is Huge, but not for me.
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Lux, have you ridden an 1125 model?
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Lux, have you ridden an 1125 model?
I rode the Firebolt and the Lightening. No thank you to anymore.

I did visit the new ProItalia Triumph shop the other day, still under construction.
Saw the Steve McQueen model, nice but like my Scrambler better.





And the brand new Panigale's, If I was younger I would consider one.
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If you get a chance, test ride an 1125, it will change your opinion a little.
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If you get a chance, test ride an 1125, it will change your opinion a little.
Is that the one with those terrible scoops on the front?
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I'm stoked. An American bike builder starting fresh.
Outstanding. I had heard "rumors" about this being on the table. I'm glad he can continue. I'm sure sales will mirror the Buells. I am always shocked by the lack of support here though, with all the blowharding about canyons and twisties and wide open roads, one would think the Buell would sell better. Lack of "status" maybe? It's absolutely perfect for that style. Other than a really high end sports bikes like MV, Aprilla Erik's handles better than most all. Phenomenal cornering and control. They sit just about like all the rest so I don't understand the comfort thing either.
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If you get a chance, test ride an 1125, it will change your opinion a little.
FUGEDABOUDIT!

Throw a Ducati tag on it and he'll be licking the tires on his knees.
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Its a hard road, he is a good engineer, but will have to be able to provide parts and service in a timely fashion. Wonder how many dealers that carry other brands will pick up the Buell's? Harley could have kept a great engineer and perhaps improved some of their handling, fuel guage and other really annoying problems that after all these years they should have been able to work out.
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