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The New 2009 Buell 1125CR, The Modern Cafe Racer - (Global)

October 23rd, 2008
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A Cafe racer that goes as hard as it looks. The Buell 1125CR is sure to impress a wide audience.

Naked styling and clubman-style handlebars give a respectful nod to the era of Café Racers, however with a modern skin. The 146-hp V-Twin is geared for optimum acceleration. The Buell 1125CR is 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.

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

Buell 1125CR Specifications and Features

  • 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: 1389mm
  • Seat height: 778mm
  • Pirelli® Diablo® Corsa III tyres
  • Pre-wired for easy installation of accessory Heated Grips


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