Beeler’s Law

04/01/2012 @ 9:49 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

Beelers Law 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS 635x430

“As an online discussion about motorcycles grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Erik Buell or Buell Motorcycles entering the conversation approaches a value of one.” – Beeler’s Law

In other words if given enough time, an online discussion regarding motorcycles, in particular those regarding sport bikes, will inevitably see a statement made in the discussion related back to Erik Buell or Buell Motorcycles.

This law often occurs in situations where the maker of said comment references a design commonly found on a Buell-designed motorcycle, or makes mention of the closure of Buell Motorcycles by Harley-Davidson. At the time of such a statement, all rational points of the conversation are presumed to have concluded.


  1. Doctor Jelly says:

    Haha! So Buell is the Hitler of the motorcycle world, ouch…

  2. Ry_Trapp0 says:

    Totally true. Especially if I’m involved in said conversation…

  3. Westward says:

    Im guilty of mentioning their effective use of belts over chains…

  4. Tom Z says:

    As a Buell loyalist I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the discussion prior to the closure where EVERYBODY talked shit on Buells. And ever since they are the motorcycle world’s darling.

    Maybe if some of you were a bit more positive a few years ago we wouldn’t have to refer to Buells in the past tense.

  5. BBQdog says:

    Sorry, but no. In 30 years we never talked about Buell.

  6. Westward says:

    Buell had very interesting concepts, but they never really had style. the Monsters had soul, the Triumph speed triple had its charm, the Buell had -had -had its buellness, which quite frankly was ehh…

  7. Jonathan says:

    April fools?

  8. irksome says:


  9. Ryan says:

    I just think they were ugly. Plus I guess the weren’t really putting down impressive numbers for hp/tq. And they never really won anything in organized racing. All in all, without the chance to ride one, there just wasn’t anything for me to be interested in.

  10. SiafaAlvin says:

    Waugh waugh waugh Buell waugh waugh waugh Harley didn’t take advantage waugh waugh perimeter brakes and underside exhaust waugh waugh torque.

  11. MikeD says:

    (Scratching Head)…What the hell did i just read ? Did i just get April Fooled ? (…and still scratching Head…)…W.T.F that was…oh well.

  12. Random says:

    This seems just a particular case of a more general law regarding Harley-Davidson…

    “As an online discussion about motorcycles grows longer, the probability of a mention to Harley Davidson riders or motorcycles entering the conversation approaches one.”


    “As an online discussion about sport bikes grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Erik Buell or Buell Motorcycles entering the conversation approaches one.”

  13. Jake says:

    I call shenanigans. This revelation is meaningless if you’re the one making the initial reference to EBR!
    Exhibit A:

  14. SiafaAlvin says:

    @Random: nah, not the same IMHO. When Buell is brought up, there’s a certain implied eye-roll + “Here we go…” that I don’t think occurs when Harleys/Harley riders are brought up.

  15. David says:

    Well, the catch phrase in the opening statement is…”design commonly found on a Buell-designed motorcycle, “…meaning ?…”lack of” or “misconstrued”.

    But more to the point……APRIL FOOLS!…….meaning, only a FOOL would mention Buell on a sportbike forum.

    LOL… almost got me…..good try!

  16. ocbuelligan says:

    @Ryan so winning the 2009 AMA sportbike championship isn’t oraganized racing? Why do most brands sling the exhaust under the bike now?

  17. Aaron says:

    It’s a good thing I stick to supermoto forums, don’t have to worry about this at all!

  18. Ryan says:


    I think winning the 2009 AMA sportbike championship is awesome, but winning with their arguably best bike only months before it was announced they would cease production isn’t as awesome as it sounds. Too little too late. Underslung exhaust is cool too, but it is quite a long shot to give credit to Buell for its use in industry. Tha’s like saying everyone copied Honda’s ST1100 when they had traction control in 1992. Certain developments are bound to happen in the motorcycle world because of the laws of physics and economies of scale.