Buell Racing is trying to go legit, and make a bid at the American Superbike class in the AMA. After already making a joke out of the Daytona Superbike class, Buell is going to offer a turn-key bike for AMA licensed racers who are looking to take on real superbikes like Honda CBR1000RR and Yamaha R1.
If you’re an AMA licensed privateer, looking to compete in the American Superbike class, with about $40,000 burning a hole in your pocket, Buell is hoping you’ll take up the cause and waive the American flag for them.
Talking about the program, we have a hard time believing Erik Buell made this statement with a straight face:
“The 1125RR is designed to give privateer racers a turn-key machine to compete in the American Superbike class in AMA Pro Racing. We want to build on our program that has proven so successful for privateers in the Daytona SportBike class.”
Buell has been running the 1200cc v-twin 1125R in the Daytona Superbike Class against bikes like the R6, CBR600RR, and other 600cc bikes. It also includes v-twins, like the 999cc Aprilia RSV, that was designed in 2004 and was discontinued in 2008. With the staked competition clearly in Buell’s favor, it is not surprising that some people have cried afoul on the series. Buell’s factory rider Danny Eslick, is currently 3rd in the series despite his heavy advantage.
Based off the 1125R street bike, the 1125RR features a Rotax motor, but with extra go-fast goodies from the stock unit. Crack the case and you’ll find re-done valves and camshafts, an increased compression ratio, along with a modified intake from the larger airbox. The bike is completed with a titanium exhaust, an other lightening parts.
On the chassis side, Buell is still hocking the fuel-in-frame design, and fitting it with race-spec Showa suspension, a cast-aluminum swingarm, and an upgraded eight-piston Nissin front caliper.
Buell will produce a limited number of 1125RR motorcycles, which will be available only to licensed professional road racers who will compete in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class. U.S. MSRP is $39,995. Orders must be placed through the Buell Race Department, and delivered through an authorized Buell motorcycle dealer.
1125cc (68.7 cid) Helicon Powertrain:
4.055 inch (103 mm) bore and 2.658 inch (67.5mm) stroke
Dual 61mm down-draft fuel-injection throttle bodies
Titanium exhaust header and mass-centralized muffler
6-Spoke cast magnesium racing wheels
Front: 3.5 inch (88.9mm) x 17 inch (431.8mm)
Rear: 6 inch (152.4mm) x 17 inch (431.8mm)
Buell ZTL2 reversed rotor front brake with eight-piston Nissin caliper
43mm Showa fully-adjustable inverted forks
Showa fully-adjustable rear shock with remote reservoir
Cast-aluminum swingarm machined with billet axle adjustment system
Center position wheelbase 55.5 inches (1410 mm)