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Final Buells go to museum

Published: 31 December 2009

The last Buells to be built have been donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum in Alabama.

Parent company Harley-Davidson stunned the motorcycling world when it pulled the plug on its subsidiary Buell brand back in September after 26 years producing quirky, mostly H-D-powered road and sports bikes. The very last Buell, a Lightning XB12S, rolled off the assembly line at the Buell plant at East Troy, Wisconsin at the end of October.

Now, Harley-Davidson has announced that that machine, along with 11 others which represent Buells history, are to be donated to the museum. The other bikes a 1996 S3T Thunderbolt, a 1999 X1 Lightning, several clay model prototype mock-ups and a pair of modified motorcycles used by stunt riders Craig Jones and Bubba Blackwell.

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