Buell motorcycles: Buell enthusiasts from across the country say goodbye to a Harley brand

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They came from as far away as Alaska to say goodbye to Buell Motorcycles, a Harley-Davidson brand.
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Burky

Rockport, IN

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#21
Nov 5, 2009
 
If there ever was a source of American pride, it was Buell. I just love an over achieving underdog. Not only has HD lost the Buell brand and its following it has lost a generation of loyal riders who wanted American performance. I've owned a five HD's but never again. I'll go KTM or BMW as a second to my XB. Aloha means good bye HD.
John Hulman

Milwaukee, WI

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#22
Nov 5, 2009
 
After reading several posts regarding the ridiculous and utterly asinine decision to close up Buell, I felt compelled to air some laundry. First off, if you are so brain-washed to believe that HD is 100% American made, you must be living under a rock. We live in a global economy and parts are out-sourced by HD from all over the world. American made part content tends to hover in the 30-40% range. Seats, tires, fuel injection, & even frames come from over seas. HD could NOT compete if everything was 100% American made. So stop telling me that I need to buy American when you pull up next to me on my Kawasaki Concours 14 at an intersection. I've been riding for 30 plus years and I know what I own. Maybe you need to figure out what you're riding. Secondly, HD has not produced any real new big twin engines in 50 years. An example of this would be best illustrated by looking at their own time line of engines. From the Pan all the way through to the Twin Cam, Continual evolution without any huge leaps forward. Air cooled Twins, that's it. At least they don't leak oil now. Somebody got something right. Took 'em long enough to complete that task. Before you throw the V-Rod in my face, do some research. That wasn't even HD's design and it had to be re-engineered by Porsche. While I like the new XR, it's still a Sportster. Upgraded yes, and possibly the best handling HD yet, but in the end it's still a Sporty. Thirdly. Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki & Honda continually redesign and engineer their bikes. The big 4 Japanese manufacturers release truly new and improved products in each of their lines every 2 to 3 years. Not to mention, the performance of some of their machines are yet to be paralleled by HD. The closest and strongest shot HD had WAS Buell. However, in the interest of who knows what, the board shut it down. The logic, or extreme lack thereof evades me. In the end I wish Erik and his staff nothing but the best. They kept us on the cutting edge. There is nothing that surprises me when he & his staff engineer a bike. It's heart-breaking that it has stopped for now. I would love to see Buell come back or at least see Erik build bikes with another company.

God Luck and God Bless,

John
marty

Englewood, FL

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#23
Nov 6, 2009
 
i think this is a terible thing harley did closing buell.erik and the team at buell were and wlways will be a great bunch of people.they built some great bikes.sure the older ones had some issues.but the last few years the bikes were the best bikes on the road.i own a 99x1.its the funnest and best sport bike.i was considering buying a h-d.but with the stupid idiots ad he parent company,i dont think i will ever buy a h-d product.i did some research and a honda goldwing is more american than a harley.i feel bad harley is not just hurting the public,and there dealors,there screwing there own eployees.god bless to the soon to be former buell employees,they will always be a great bunch of poeple.
Mike in Ca

Westminster, CA

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#24
Nov 8, 2009
 

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I have been following Buell for a while. Good work not very good bies. The earlier ones were pretty poor quality for the money. HD injected a lot of money into Buell. THe best buell there was were the 1125 series. Perrty good biles. BUT LETS SEE>>>>purchased engine fro austria made by a canadian firm. Purchased frame and swingarm from italy. Fork from Japan.. A good bike bt American??

Not really and yes I know how many other bike makers use ROTAX motors. The oint is from the HD side. 123 millino in sales now manily from buying parts not building them...HD really does buy stuff all manufactureres do..HOWEVER the build ther frames, engines transmissions body work etc. The money in manufacturing is in manufacturing.

If all you do is specifiy and buy you are always in a catchup game with the guy who went to thhe supplier after you did.

Also remeber Hd is in a hard spot they are going to review thier core competencies. The make a heck of a lot of expensinve bikes and to most of th value added in house.
The best sellign model is a 25K touring bike. They have developed the CVO line to develp and prove new technology and sell it at a premium. HD sorry to say is NOT stupid.

Now I have yet to find a model I like . too many crusiers. I prefer a nice standard type bike but few are made by any one today.

Good luck to HD I hope they make it. I think they will.
Doug Moir

Brisbane, Australia

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#25
Nov 8, 2009
 
The XB frames are made in Italy, the 1125 frames were made in the USA.
Jodie aka joesbuell

Australia

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#26
Nov 13, 2009
 
Truly awesome turn out and would love to have been there too!:)

Long live Buell..........

Cheers
Jodie
Al in lehival

Bethlehem, PA

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#27
Nov 13, 2009
 
Rode HD for many yrs... Sold my 99 FLHT to improve my cash flow when I retired early... Bought an 07 Blast just so I'd have a bike in the garage... I've really gotten attached to it.... hope it outlasts me.
teego

Seattle, WA

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#28
Nov 16, 2009
 
American innovation has been scrapped for big and heavy. This is a real Detroit move-bad business decisions inevitably leading to economic disaster. Harley Davidson is not marketing to generation X, I do not know how much longer the country will put up with these sort of ill-advised, greedy economic moves.

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