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Old 08-15-2007, 09:08 PM   #1
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Rule number one of riding someone else’s bike: don’t drop it. That’s exactly what a friend of Bryan Petersen’s did to his Buell XB12R Firebolt. Instead of getting angry (like most of us would), Petersen saw the dinged up bike as an opportunity to build a Ducati-Buell hybrid.

The myriad of components that were borrowed from other applications makes this Buell a veritable Frankenbike. The list of additions includes parts intended for Ducati, Victory, Triumph, Suzuki and even a BMW M3. The list may sound like an odd assortment, but each piece came together thanks to Petersen’s fabricating skills and ingenuity.

Petersen’s intent was to build a bike that was obviously a Buell, but had the refined lines and performance of a Ducati. One of the first things to change was the rear brake, a small but effective rotor and caliperthat are mounted to the front sprocket. “I was building Ducati choppers, and this was an idea I had for them,” says Petersen. “It cleans up the rear wheel a lot, and it’s very lightweight, plus it takes the weight of the brakes and puts it on the bike, so it’s not sprung weight anymore.”

The brake was engineered with the help of Grandstand Designs’ Pete Alesso (www.grandstanddesings.com), who collaborated with Petersen on the build. “Bryan designed it on paper, then I took that and used some of the connections that I had to source out the caliper, and Bryan actually built everything else on a lathe. He just took a piece of aluminum and milled it out,” says Alesso.

The chain drive is also a change from the stock belt drive that is customary on Buells. Luckily for Petersen, that was one modification that was already available. Alesso, who roadraces a Firebolt, has a production conversion kit that he developed for racing.

The single-sided swingarm is an inverted Triumph 955 piece that has been heavily modified. Buell swingarms hold the oil, so Petersen had to make sure his Triumph swingarm would do the same.

There is a long list of components built for Ducati applications that went onto the Buell, including the Öhlins suspension. The Marchesini wheels are also intended for a Ducati, so Petersen had to fit the Buell’s rim-mounted front brake rotors onto them. Stock XBs have just one front rotor, but Petersen chose to mount rotors to each side of the Marchesinis. Custom caliper mounts were also created.

A carbon fiber tailpiece designed for a 999 required a new subframe, and the front end, including clip-ons, top triple tree and even the steering damper, are all Ducati-based additions.

The custom exhaust was originally designed to have an undertail exit, but the look was so radically different than the trademark Buell exhaust that Petersen changed his mind.

“I’ve always liked sportbikes, and I’ve been crazy about Ducatis ever since the Desmoquattro styles came out,” says Petersen. He also likes the way Buells look, but isn’t fond of the bike’s performance. “Once you ride a Ducati and then a Buell, there’s no comparison,” says Peterson.

Petersen hopes that his hybrid will bridge that gap. The bike is still a work in progress, with the motor getting the most attention. An extra 20 horsepower will bring the bike up to 1250cc and about 110hp at the rear wheel. Petersen’s goal is to drop the weight down to 400 pounds wet for an added power advantage.

The parts that Petersen and Alesso have engineered for the build will become production parts, and the long list includes a downdraft carburetor system, an open primary setup, an exhaust and the single-sided swingarm. Of course, anyone who would rather get the finished product can buy Petersen’s hybrid for about $30,000.

The Ducati-Buell hybrid is the first sportbike 23-year-old Petersen has produced. He got involved in custom building at a young age, and he hopes to use his skills for building sportbikes full-time. He also plans to open a powdercoating shop after relocating to Atlanta. “Ever since I was young, my dad and I worked on a lot of projects together, like street rods,” says Petersen. “I got a job working at a pretty major street rod builder when I was about 16, and I kind of dropped out of high school to pursue that for a while. It was a lot of watching other people and just practicing.”

Alesso thinks that Petersen will have no problem breaking into the custom sportbike scene. “Front to back, the bike was his idea. Everything is one-off. For 23 years old he has an unbelievable amount of talent,” he says.
The next project Petersen will use his talent for is likely to be a Ducati. One fell over in his trailer recently, and although it only got a few minor scrapes, Petersen figures the best fix is a completely custom build.
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If I'm not mistaken he made one horrible error...


He didn't put a Ducati motor in it.
Thats all thats wrong with Buells now. Using a sportster motor to make a sport bike is like using an anvil to drive a nail, it'll work but it's heavy and slow.
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The motor is alot different, sportster motor has 60hp and buells have 90+ ..

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i have a 2007 sportster roadster 1200..
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Does no one see that the rear brake was actually REMOVED from the tire and is INFRONT of your rearset??? C'mon this guy has a good idea with that I think...

In the actual magazine it says the donor list is:
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and a BMW M3
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I don't care much for the Frankenbuell. I can appreciate the changes, but it's just not my style (especially the headlight)

I'd love to Ducavert my Rex with a round headlight and the S4R screen though.
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i have a 2007 sportster roadster 1200..
Have you ridden one? They feel to me like, just when the power should start to build you hit the rev limiter.
Ride an Aprilia, Ducati or Honda RC 51 and they kick . I like Buells and when they get their motor problem corrected I may have to have one.
Maybe that new model will be better.
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