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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Based on the sports Buell 1125R, the 1125CR is essentially a naked version of the same bike. As it comes it has one-piece handlebars to mimic clip-ons, but the pay-extra upright bars make more sense to ride with – far more comfortable, fits  the naked bill. It has the Buell 1125R’s full-fat 146bhp engine and, despite its unusual looks, the whole shebang works.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Rotax built to Buell’s spec, there’s no denying the engine packs some muscle that likes to be used. Despite three balancer mechanisms inside its engine cases, the Buell 1125CR does vibrate in the upper rev stratosphere. Overheating and poor fuel economy of the original Buell 1125R are claimed to be sorted on the 1125CR with a completely revised electronics package.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The suspension set-up is still a thorny issue: as standard the bike is dealer set according to rider weight, not style or road conditions. Careful use of tools will deliver a half decent set up. Once done the Buell 1125CR handles like the sports bike it’s based on – rapid steering, tracks true and is fun.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Nothing much to write about here. No big name equipment involved but the bike retains Buell’s single-sided rim-mounted front disc with an 8-piston, inverted front caliper and it has belt final drive. Compare and buy products for the Buell 1125CR in the MCN Shop.

Buell 1125CR (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,830
Engine size 1125 cc
Power 146 bhp
Top speed 154.85 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Issues with electronics, engine heat removal and other niggles have been resolved on the sports 1125R and Buell claims the 1125CR is now the finished item it wanted in the first place. The initial launch test showed no problems as such, although hard boot heels can scuff the swingarm if ridden with balls of feet on the pegs.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Bear in mind the Buell 1125CR has a modern and very competent V-twin engine, the £7830 asking price is quite competitive when compared to KTM’s 990 Super Duke. The golden rule is if the bike appeals to you then it is good value. But there are other bikes in this sector: Kawasaki Z1000, KTM Super Duke, Triumph Speed triple etc. Find a Buell 1125CR for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

Model history
Based on the sports Buell 1125R, the 1125CR evolves.
2008: 1125CR launched as a 2009 model

Other Versions

At present the Buell 1125CR is a stand alone model

Specifications

Top speed 154.85 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.28 secs
Max power 146 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Weight 170 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 20.1 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1125 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 8v, 72° V-twin four-stroke. Six gears
Frame Aluminium dual beam
Front suspension adjustment Rebound and compression damping, spring preload
Rear suspension adjustment Rebound and compression damping, spring preload
Front brakes 1 x 375 disc with 8-piston caliper
Rear brake 240mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(5 reviews)

  • Crazy Pony

    bulgi

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This Crazy Pony!!!! It become better with time :-) Got 12000km on my now and it runns strng

    24 May 2014

  • Did they even ride this bike?

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    How did they get 11.28 quarter mile? This bike will easily do in the 10's stock. This is a really fun bike. The motor is great. Winds up fast and has good power and torque everywhere. The transmission is liquid smooth. It doesn't have the top end of a Ducati or I4, but it has plenty of power. The engine response is very linear. Handling is razor edged. There's a good amount of motor feedback, but it's not enough to be offensive. This bike has way more character than your run of the mill sport bike. The finish of the bike is top shelf. The prices, especially used, are bargain basement compared to other v-twin sport bikes. Mine has been rock solid dependable so far. The biggest drawback is parts availability. I had very high expectations purchasing this bike and it has exceeded all of them.

    19 December 2012

  • A bike for real riders

    fmaxwell

    Average rating rating is 4

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    People like "treetrunk," who have an axe to grind and probably very little actual motorcycle experience or riding skill love to bad-mouth the Buell 1125CR. But experienced, skilled motorcycle journalists have raved about it with quotes like: "...the 1125CR is a complete package whose faults are few and far between. The 1125CR is finally an example of a well-made American motorcycle that can finally compete with the best coming out of England, Italy, or even Japan." "...I was amazed at how well the 1125CR performed. Solid power starts just off idle and continues all the way to the 10,500rpm redline. The fuel injection is very well sorted. The brakes are outstanding. The suspension settings worked well for me in all conditions, and with the optional handlebars the 1125CR is one of the top do-it-all bikes available right now. When asked by a friend about any negative comments, I thought for a few moments and came up empty handed. This bike is that good." Of course, treetrunk probably "reviewed" it without ever actually riding it.

    27 November 2012

  • what a pile of crap

    treetrunk

    Average rating rating is 1.5

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    Don't be fooled by the low prices, or the haven't got a clue about sportsbike fatties on UKBEG, this is a seriously underpowered and extremely ugly bike, that has the durability of a prawn sandwich. Will be worth nothing in 2 weeks.

    18 February 2010

  • Bonkers machine - what a hoot!

    KimLondon

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I spent an afternoon on a Buell fun day at Castle Combe and tried this back-to-back with the 1125R. I went out on the track on a 1125CR after the 1125R and found it actually more of a hooligan bike than anything I've ever ridden in my LIFE! This thing is crazy fun. As with the R the controls are a bit clunky and it takes more getting used to than I had time to do, but the only real stand out problem was the disparity between the back and front brakes. Front was very sharp - great on the track, but a pain anywhere else. The rear brake did nothing meaning that slow speed stuff was a pain. Despite it's being eminently chuckable I would not feel happy with one in town as it just doesn't like low speed stuff. I don't think this is a twin thing as the SV650, the naked one especially, is a dream in traffic going slowly. However, it was great to ride. I loved the setup, it was comfortable and forgiving and gave me loads of confidence. The engine pulled like I was attached to a giant elastic band. I could happily spend more time getting used to that magic lump! If I was in the market for a bruising street fighter bike I'd definitely put this on my list of potentials. It's only the rear brake, HORRIFIC depreciation and iffy feedback on build quality that really hold this back. I was very smitten, I have to say, and I hope they do well.

    11 May 2009

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We just recieved a second-hand CR to the shop and after a close look at it I have no idea why the quality is rated average here. In my opinion its beautifuly put together and has stunning looks. I have an utmost respect to Eric Buell and the team for being bold and inovative. Looking forward to the springtime when I will have a chance to testride this machine.

16 December 2010 20:35

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