Buell founder and leader, Erik Buell, is an avid racing enthusiast, and in the 1125R he finally has a potent race-worthy machine. Entering the Daytona SportBike class was the first step, followed by the recent announcement of the hot-rodded version called the 1125RR which will be entered in the American Superbike class for the remainder of the season with rider Taylor Knapp. Knapp raced to 12th and 10th places during the recent Superbike races at Mid-Ohio.
Although the 1125R was developed for street riding, itís also quite capable on the track, as we found out in our Oddball Literbike Shootout. While its 72-degree V-Twin motor wonít run with a Ducati 1098/1198, its robust spread of power makes it easy to maximize acceleration. A stiff aluminum-beam chassis ably handles racetrack-level loads.
The 1125Rís transformation to Daytona SportBike racer is actually quite mild except for one major item. The streetbike uses a belt to drive the rear wheel, which is a clean and efficient power-transfer system, but this presents problems on the track by complicating gearing changes required to suit each track. Buell has met this challenge by providing a chain-conversion kit swingarm. Itís pricey ($1,779), but it includes quick-change equipment for the wheel, footpegs, brackets and billet swingarm ends with a massive 2.5 inches of adjustment range to juggle the bikeís wheelbase.
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