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Buell 1125CR Cafe Racer - (Global)

September 24th, 2008



Part sportbike and part street, the 2009 Buell® 1125CR™ combines the soul of the classic Café Racer with the thrilling performance and advanced technology demanded by today's most- passionate rider. The 1125CR joins three XB Lightning® models in the 2009 Buell Street line-up. Each delivers a belligerent attitude backed by potent American V-Twin muscle. The XB Lightning line-up has been simplified to three models (XB12Ss, XB12Scg, XB9SX), offering attitude and ergonomics to riders of all sizes. The XB12Ss Lightning® Long has roomier ergonomics and longer travel suspension while the XB12Scg has a low seat height and reduced travel suspension that has been specifically retuned to retain Buell's legendary sportbike handling prowess. Abundant lean angle on the XB12Scg is not compromised.

Buell Street motorcycles put the rider over a motorcycle distilled from the three elements of the Buell Trilogy of Technology – chassis rigidity, centralised mass, and low unsprung weight – that responds instantly to rider input. The styling is aggressive and deliberately displays the mechanical elements of Buell's innovative design. The broad powerband of a Buell V-Twin engine keeps abundant torque on tap at all times, in all gears and in any situation.

What's New in the Buell® Street range for 2009?

Blacked-Out Component Styling – To reinforce the aggressive styling of the Buell Street range, a new black powdercoat finish is applied to the frame, swingarm, engine, fork tubes, triple clamps, brake calipers and other components.

ZTL2 Front Brake – Two XB Lightning models powered by the 1203 Thunderstorm™ engine are now equipped with the ZTL2 front brake. The eight-piston caliper design offers a larger pad surface, optimises heat- dissipation capability and allows even pressure distribution over each of the four pads in the caliper. A single 375mm stainless steel rotor mounted directly to the wheel rim produces outstanding stopping power, weighs less than a dual-disc system, and permits the use of a very lightweight front wheel that helps reduce steering inertia and unsprung weight.

Improved Drive Belt – A new Veyance Hibrex® drive belt with Flexten® Plus technology, based on the belt developed for the Buell® 1125R™, is stronger and more durable than the previous drive belt.

Buell® 1125CR™
Naked styling and clubman-style handlebars give a respectful nod to the nostalgic era of Café Racers, but styled in a thoroughly modern package. A 146-hp liquid-cooled V-Twin engine is geared down for optimum acceleration. Sinister styling. Sophisticated technology. The 1125CR, Erik Buell's 21st century interpretation of the classic Café Racer, is a new motorcycle that defies convention.

Positioned behind the black-anodised, tapered aluminium handlebars and streamlined headlight and flyscreen, the rider has a wide-open view forward that intensifies the sensation of speed. At 170kg, the 1125CR is the lightest litre-class naked street motorcycle on the market, and combined with 146 horsepower, it offers the best power-to-weight ratio in the category.

The Buell 1125CR offers liquid-cooled technology and responsive handling from a proven platform based on the Buell Trilogy of Tech principles. The Buell Helicon™ 1125 powertrain provides the foundation for this riding experience. This 1125cc DOHC V-Twin engine features a compact, 72-degree design and is rated at 146 crankshaft horsepower and 82 ft. lbs. / 111 Nm of peak torque. Buell DDFI3 closed-loop EFI produces smooth throttle operation and better fuel economy. A ram-air system pressurises the 12-litre air box for a gain in peak performance. Twin side mounted radiators within aerodynamic cowlings lower the centre of gravity and centralise mass. The exhaust system features a large-volume muffler mounted below the engine to optimise cg location and mass centralisation. An HVA (Hydraulic Vacuum Assist) Slipper Action clutch features hydraulic actuation from the hand control with assistance from engine vacuum for lighter clutch effort. Low 76/27 (2.815:1) final-drive gearing produces outstanding acceleration.

The engine is rigid-mounted as a structural component of the Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) that has outstanding torsional stiffness, yet is compliant in the planes required to help absorb mid-corner chatter, and doubles as a 20.1 litre fuel reservoir. To enhance control under acceleration, the cast-aluminium swingarm is 5mm longer than the Buell 1125R swingarm. Showa® 47mm inverted forks and a Showa rear shock absorber are both fully adjustable. Positive braking performance is provided by the Buell ZTL2 front brake system. The rear brake caliper is mounted directly to the inner surface of the swing arm and weighs 0.7kg less than a typical rear-brake design.

All this performance is packaged in a motorcycle that is visually stunning. A narrow headlight pod incorporates a clipped flyscreen, while a hard cowl covers the passenger seat section. The blacked-out frame and chassis components contrast with red highlights on the front brake caliper, wheel rims and rear shock spring. The Buell 1125CR will be offered with Racing Red or Midnight Black bodywork. For riders who prefer our traditional streetfighter bar rformance is packaged in a motorcycle that is visually stunning. A narrow headlight pod incorporates a clipped flyscreen, while a hard cowl covers the passenger seat section. The blacked-out frame and chassis components contrast with red highlights on the front brake caliper, wheel rims and rear shock spring. The Buell 1125CR will be offered with Racing Red or Midnight Black bodywork. For riders who prefer our traditional streetfighter bar we are launching a new black annodised handlebar as a P&A offering – contact your local authorised dealer for further details and availability.

Buell 1125CR highlights

Buell Helicon 1125 liquid-cooled 72-degree V-Twin engine
146 peak hp / 148 PS / 109 kW @ 9800 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
82 ft. lbs. / 111 Nm peak torque at 8000 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
Large-volume muffler with Helmholtz chamber
DDFI III Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Ram-air pressurised air box
Twin side-mount radiators
HVA (Hydraulic Vacuum Assist) Slipper Action clutch
ZTL2 8-piston front brake
Fully adjustable 47mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Fuel-in Frame 20.1 litre capacity
Dry Weight: 170kg
Wheelbase: 1385mm
Seat height: 775mm
Pirelli® Diablo® Corsa III tyres
Pre-wired for easy installation of accessory Heated Grips
Buell® Lightning® Long XB12Ss
With a 1375mm wheelbase, the Lightning Long XB12Ss offers an expanded cockpit for the rider, a larger passenger position and 16.7 litre fuel-in-frame capacity for extended range. For 2009, the ride gets enhanced as suspension travel front and rear is extended to 143mm. A new, sculpted Streetfighter saddle maintains seat height at 776mm and covers a handy storage compartment. The new Buell ZTL2 eight-piston front caliper enhances braking performance. A fuel-injected Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine with Buell InterActive Exhaust pounds out the power. The Lightning Long is available with Midnight Black, Cherry Bomb Translucent or Hero Blue Translucent bodywork.

Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 1203 air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine
94 peak hp / 95 PS / 70 kW @ 6800 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
77 ft. lbs. / 104 Nm peak torque @ 5500 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
DDFI III Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
New fully adjustable 43mm Showa inverted fork
New fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
New Buell ZTL2 front brake with eight-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 181kg
Wheelbase: 1375mm
Seat height: 776mm
Fuel in frame 16.7 litres
Cosmetic Frame Protectors
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
Pirelli Diablo T tyres
Available with Translucent bodywork
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks
Buell® Lightning® XB12Scg
Lowered suspension and a reshaped saddle drops the seat height of the XB12Scg to just 726mm – for a lower centre of gravity and a shorter reach to the ground – with no compromise to handling or performance. The powerful Buell ZTL2 eight-piston front brake caliper is new for 2009. Blacked-out engine, frame, swingarm, fork and other components give the XB12Scg a menacing new look. The muscular Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin backs it up with pavement-pounding power. Available with Midnight Black, Cherry Bomb Translucent or Hero Blue Translucent bodywork.

Buell Lightning XB12Scg highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 1203 air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine
94 peak hp / 95 PS / 70 kW @ 6800 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
77 ft. lbs. / 104 Nm peak torque @ 5500 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
DDFI III Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Fully adjustable 43mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
New Buell ZTL2 front brake with eight-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 179kg
Wheelbase: 1320mm
Seat height: 726mm
Cosmetic Frame Protectors
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
Pirelli Diablo T tyres
Available with Translucent bodywork
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks
Buell® Lightning® CityX XB9SX
A Street bike for the middle-weight class, the CityX was designed especially for the urban environment. The torque and broad powerband of the Buell Thunderstorm 984 V-Twin engine lets the CityX pull briskly away from traffic and accelerate past pesky cabs, while an upright rider position, wide Supermoto-style handlebars and intuitive handling help the CityX scat around potholes and dodge through back alleys. A new saddle shape for 2009 drops the seat height by 33mm to 764mm. Hand deflectors, dual headlight grilles, and frame pucks fend off minor cosmetic damage. Pirelli® Scorpion® Sync® tyres grip all road surfaces and add aggressive style. Available with Cherry Bomb Translucent or Hero Blue Translucent bodywork.

Buell® Lightning® CityX XB9SX highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 984 air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine
80 peak hp / 82 PS / 60 kW @ 7500 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
58 ft. lbs. / 79 Nm peak torque @ 4500 rpm (per EU Standard EC95/1)
DDFI II Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Fully adjustable 43mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake
Dry Weight: 177kg
Wheelbase: 1320mm
New Seat height 764mm
Pirelli Scorpion Sync T tyres
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks
Translucent bodywork
Supermoto-style crossbar handlebars with deflectors
Headlight grille
Cosmetic frame pucks
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips


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