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Old 08-26-2009, 09:39 AM   #1
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Buell should have built a v-rod based sportbike ages ago.
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Uh......$42,500.00! I think not.

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shao - Roehr August 25, 2009 12:59 PM
It shows when American spend 3 times $$ and using 80% import components to build a bike, it can almost compete with a Japanese or Italian. Well done….
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at $42,500, a better choice of engine would have been a 1198! nobody in their right state of mind would pay that kind of money for a bike that can "almost compete". I really like the fact that Mr. Roehr wants to make a new bike from scratch, but i think he chose the wrong engine to start with if he wanted to compete with today's sportbikes. HD are cruisers period.... The marketing dept. must be asleep when they came out with that price target, for $42k i would rather buy me a 1098R or a CBR1000RR with Ohlins front and back and other upgrades!
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Buell should have built a v-rod based sportbike ages ago.
I agree. The engine itself was from the Harley superbike, made into a street engine. The Buell frame was never pushed hard by the stock Harley motors, I always wondered why they never saw the OBVIOUS demand to put the V-rod into the Buell and have a street version of the VR1000 Superbike.

The answer, as I was told, is that Buell wanted to do the redesign of the VR1000 motor to make it street worthy. Those things never lasted more than a race or two and would never hold up as a daily driver. Harley, however, made the decision to send the engine to Porsche to have it made street worthy and bullet proof. As a result, Buell declared that a V-Rod engine would NEVER find its way into a Buell frame. And so the dream died. $42 grand is way too much, but at the same time - if the idea gets sold, and the economy ever turns around, perhaps a major manufacturer can take what Roehr did and make it compete economically. Street legal VR1000... I'd put one in my garage!
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