The Buell 1125R’s Showa suspension specification has now been finalised and works fine, except Buell insists the suspension is set to determined settings according to rider weight. In most cases it’ll be too firm for customers. MCN’s UK road test found the bike still understeers and is too bloody hard over bumps. A sympathetic dealer will have the sense to set the bike up more in tune with the rider – weight, experience, riding style.
The Buell 1125R is a major move by Buell to step away from Harley-Davidson power in favour of a water-cooled Rotax-built lump. Gearbox and power delivery are peachy, but let down by Buell’s lack of experience in getting the injection electrics working spot on. But it is happening – constant development work has already seen a couple of ECU upgrades.
Rotax engines have a decent reputation for reliability and there’s no reason to expect anything else on the Buell 1125R. Chassis-wise it looks to be OK but the detailing is suspect – the right side of the swingarm is open to boot heel scuffs, the pillion seat is held in place by a lump of steel plate that doubles up as a vegetable slicer, and the idiot warning lights are hard to see in bright sunshine.
Priced at £8495 is a clever move because it drops the Buell 1125R bang underneath the Aprilia and Ducati competition. If you want a cheapish large capacity V-twin that can turn its wheels to do most things (road, track day, commute etc) the Buell 1125R will suffice but without any refinement of the competition. Find a Buell 1125R for sale.
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Buell’s famed belt drive is a plus point for being low maintenance. The single rim-mounted front disc is retained from previous models but now has a massive six-piston inverted caliper – it works, but if it’s supposed to save weight and reduce inertia why hasn’t the rest of the world cottoned on to this set up? The Buell 1125R’s top fairing does well at protecting the rider at all speeds, but the mirrors have more bounce issues than a drunk Zebedee! A plus point is the whopping 21.2lt fuel tank. Compare and buy parts for the Buell 1125R in the MCN Shop.