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Erik Buell Racing Shut Down
by blensen 04-15-2015, 01:54 PM

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Old 04-15-2015, 03:06 PM   #2
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not surprising. Garbage company with a garbage bike
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No that was when he was associated with Harley.
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The ebr's are actually impressive
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I did a demo ride on them. I thought it was pretty sweet.
The magazines gave them favorable reviews.
Always respected Eric's innovations and they worked pretty well.
Rim brake, gas in the frame, oil in the swing arm and I believe he came up with the under bike muffler too.
I know he didn't necessarily invent all these things but he was the first to put them all on a production bike.
I'm sorry to see them go. We finally had an American superbike that, right from the start, was nearly on par with the established brands. With a little more time and a little more cash maybe they coulda given the big boys a run for their money.
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have you ridden a lot of them?
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I did a demo ride on them. I thought it was pretty sweet.
The magazines gave them favorable reviews.
Always respected Eric's innovations and they worked pretty well.
Rim brake, gas in the frame, oil in the swing arm and I believe he came up with the under bike muffler too.
I know he didn't necessarily invent all these things but he was the first to put them all on a production bike.
I'm sorry to see them go. We finally had an American superbike that, right from the start, was nearly on par with the established brands. With a little more time and a little more cash maybe they coulda given the big boys a run for their money.
He was also the first to put an upside-down fork on a production bike..

But as far as "garbage" they must not match your style, because they are great bikes.. all of the newer bikes use Rotax engines and the racing bike is a FASTER and LIGHTER version of the KTM RC8R..

Sooooooo, keep saying they are garbage bikes buddy, makes you look real smartd743b2332f4c404a9118cd8f36484d60
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Buell's only hope after HD pulled the plug was for an established moto brand (polaris ???) to $$$ up & market an EBR ... everything done after HD was akin to peach pit therapy treatments on a stage 4 cancer sufferer ... i have owned a Lightening TT and an XB 12 and and the negs outweighed the plusses BUT that was in HD times ... rode the rotax but co's status put me off
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Buell's only hope after HD pulled the plug was for an established moto brand (polaris ???) to $$$ up & market an EBR ... everything done after HD was akin to peach pit therapy treatments on a stage 4 cancer sufferer ... i have owned a Lightening TT and an XB 12 and and the negs outweighed the plusses BUT that was in HD times ... rode the rotax but co's status put me off
You do know that happened right? Then EBR got screwed big time. Hero was the reason they had to close their doors in 2015.
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You do know that happened right? Then EBR got screwed big time. Hero was the reason they had to close their doors in 2015.
>>> Hero was never the answer but it was quick and EB was desperate to save the name after the HD > EBR fiasco ... that's just my op
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>>> Hero was never the answer but it was quick and EB was desperate to save the name after the HD > EBR fiasco ... that's just my op
I think it could've worked if Hero hadn't turned out to be such a piece of company ethics wise. Hero wanted bikes and brand recognition in the U.S., EBR needed capitol. Hero bought a 49.2% stake in the company and agreed to pay EBR for development of their 250 that they wanted to release stateside.

EBR hit them up with the bill and Hero figured why pay when we can just let them go bust and get all the work they did for us for pennies on the dollar. Which is exactly what they did. You can't say it wasn't smart, you almost have to wonder if they didn't plan it from the get go.
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He was also the first to put an upside-down fork on a production bike..

But as far as "garbage" they must not match your style, because they are great bikes.. all of the newer bikes use Rotax engines and the racing bike is a FASTER and LIGHTER version of the KTM RC8R..

Sooooooo, keep saying they are garbage bikes buddy, makes you look real smartd743b2332f4c404a9118cd8f36484d60
Since you quoted me, I'd like to point out that I said they were good bikes, it was somebody else that called them garbage.
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He was also the first to put an upside-down fork on a production bike..

But as far as "garbage" they must not match your style, because they are great bikes.. all of the newer bikes use Rotax engines and the racing bike is a FASTER and LIGHTER version of the KTM RC8R..

Sooooooo, keep saying they are garbage bikes buddy, makes you look real smartd743b2332f4c404a9118cd8f36484d60

Sorry, other than the Rotax engne, I disagree.
The first Buells, the RR1000 Battletwin, used conventional forks.
The S2 Thunderbolt, first built in 1994, had inverted forks.

By that time Suzuki had been using them on the GSXR1100 for 4 years, debuting Stateside in 1990.

The Harley production Buells were a mixed bag, with some real problem bikes interspersed. The Blast and the Ulysses readily stand out as such.

The most recent iteration of EBR bikes have had wildly varying build qualities based upon the ones I've seen personally.
They have always been an intriguing concept, but as a whole the execution frequently missed the mark.
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I'm running a buell lightning motor in my dads sportster. Awesome transmission and the it runs 11's in the quarter but it's basically a better built sporty engine
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Sorry, other than the Rotax engne, I disagree.
The first Buells, the RR1000 Battletwin, used conventional forks.
The S2 Thunderbolt, first built in 1994, had inverted forks.

By that time Suzuki had been using them on the GSXR1100 for 4 years, debuting Stateside in 1990.

The Harley production Buells were a mixed bag, with some real problem bikes interspersed. The Blast and the Ulysses readily stand out as such.

The most recent iteration of EBR bikes have had wildly varying build qualities based upon the ones I've seen personally.
They have always been an intriguing concept, but as a whole the execution frequently missed the mark.
I've never seen a buell blast that didn't blow a head gasket
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Jan 26, 2017
EBR Motorcycles Shutting Down Again

EAST TROY, WI - EBR Motorcycles, LLC (“EBR”) located in East Troy, Wisconsin will begin a wind down of production operations commencing next week. EBR will continue to honor warranties and provide technical and parts support to current dealers and riders who bought motorcycles manufactured by EBR. EBR will continue to review strategic alternatives with interested investors regarding production operations.

The decision was a tough one for EBR as it has been solely focused on the growth and building EBR for success. The team at EBR has worked tirelessly making every effort to build the company. There is no fault on any of the team at EBR for this decision. They and their families have our deepest gratitude for their efforts and dedication to EBR. This difficult decision was based primarily on EBR facing significant headwinds with signing new dealers, which is key to sales and growth for a new company. In addition, EBR has had limited production in 2016 and 2017 that was under goal. The combination of slow sales and industry announcements of other major OEM brands closing or cutting production only magnified the challenges faced by EBR.

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I love Buell, and I will own a Buell Firebolt sometime before I die (I just really, really like that bike, it's unreasonable but this is motorcycles), but the approach of starting with a world class superbike just isn't practical unless you have a ton of capital you can just blow through, just for Research and Development, and they don't.
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