Buell reveals race-only 1125R

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Buell is introducing a race-only version of the 1125R superbike aimed at privateer teams in AMA Superbikes.

The $39,995 machine (equivalent to £24,412 in the UK) has a tuned version of the 1125cc Rotax-built Helicon engine with higher compression, revised camshafts and valves, a FMF titanium exhaust system and a larger air box and intake manifold.

The exact power increase is yet to be announced.

Buell’s characteristic belt-drive is dropped in favour of a conventional chain to allow easier gearing changes, and the swingarm is modified with chain adjuster slots (the standard bike has a fixed rear axle with a tensioning pulley) to allow wheelbase changes as well as keeping chain tension correct

 A remote reservoir shock and fully-adjustable Showa forks are fitted, carrying the standard single eight-piston Nissin calliper grabbing a race-spec version of the rim-mounted disc.

Cast magnesium race wheels are fitted with a small race-spec rear calliper and disc. A radial front master-cylinder is fitted to the pictured bike, but it’s unclear whether this will be included in the final package.

US racers will have to order the bike through the Buell Race Department and collect their bikes from Buell dealer. UK availability has not been announced.

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Chris Newbigging

By Chris Newbigging