The Buell 1125CR That Never Was…

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When we talk about Buell motorcycles that fail to see the light of day, people are almost universally referring to the Buell Barracuda, the 1190cc successor to the 1125R series. Dubbed “The Buell We Wouldn’t Have to Make Excuses For”, the Barracuda lives on in many ways in the EBR 1190RR superbike, which we’ll see next year take its street-going form as the EBR 1190RS.

While the limited-production EBR 1190RS certainly is exciting to think about, and the Buellisti are already counting down the days until Erik Buell re-enters the street bike market, what has us chomping at the bit is the fact that in 2009 Spanish design firm Edda Design was commissioned by Buell to revamp the 1125CR street bike; and with the result they came up with, we wouldn’t mind seeing life breathed back into that project, just like the Barracuda.

Given marching orders to keep the “Buell spirit” alive in the new v-twin machine, Edda has certainly given the CR an edgier look over the original, building on the Buell love-it-or-leave-it design philosophy. While the hard parts seem to remain the same, you can definitely see where the 1190RS gets its subframe inspiration from, with the two bikes apparently using the same billet aluminum trellis framework.

The massive exhaust and carbon belly pan, slung under the motor in classic Buell fashion, mirrors the point that the tail section comes to, offsetting the lines and making a perceptual “Z” between the tail, frame, and exhaust/lower body panel. The design still leaves a bit to be desired in some aspects, but if this was an early concept before Harley-Davidson gave Buell the axe, you can imagine how the watered down corporate version would look…and we like that thought. Big hat tip to John Adamo for the lead!

Source: Edda Design