An enigma is the Buell . 1386mm wheel base (600 class), 111 nm torgue, 146 hp , 170kg , and that 21 degree rake . Nothing is like it .
Some consider it a little weird , but get used to it and the Buell does deliver. Reliability issues have been the main concern with a stator and now the rear wheel bearing collapsing ( scary !). But in it's defence ,upon reading , the Aprilia RSV factory and the KTM RC8 seem to have similar niggles as the Buell . Stator , vibration , electrics, surging etc.
To ride the beast though is in my opinion a real pleasure . It's nimble and sharp , allowing you to get the power on nice and early.
Believe it or not , I am reluctant to part with it . There is nothing like it , and it does it well .
From the sounds of it , if I get an Aprilia factory or a RC8 , I could well be going down a similar road .These bikes are not the reliable japanese bikes .
But make no doubts about it , the bike is a great ride