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Last Buell Heads to Barber Museum

Friday, December 18, 2009
The last Buell Motorcycle will be donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum.
The last Buell Motorcycle to come off the assembly line will be donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum.
The final Buell motorcycle produced at the company’s East Troy, Wis., factory, a 2010 Buell Lightning XB12Scg, has been donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala., along with several other representative models from the company’s 26-year production history. A total of 12 motorcycles were donated to the collection, including 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.

“We’re very pleased to be able to add to the Barber Museum’s already extensive collection of Buell motorcycles, and hope that the many motorcycle enthusiasts who visit their museum will enjoy seeing these motorcycles along with the rest in their fine collection,” said Jon Flickinger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company.

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frank castro -2003 xbr 9 sl  June 22, 2010 10:23 PM
i have a buell i think the people that ride sporters,that is a joke,If hd buell will smoke any hd out there that is why they are called HOG.
Fred M. -Daniel...  January 20, 2010 12:12 PM
My Buell 1125CR is a better bike than you will ever own. It's won high praise from just about every magazine that has tested it. It's won shootouts against bikes from Japanese and Italian manufacturers. I just take pleasure in knowing that you can't be counted among Buell riders.
Daniel -Buell  December 23, 2009 10:10 AM
The Barber Museum is a good place for the last Buell....Now no one will have to ride the junk....Harley didn't even want it.
David -I feel sorry for the people who bought Buells  December 22, 2009 07:56 PM
In coming years loyal fans of Buell will come out of the woodwork crowing long and loud about American This and Harley That but the reality of the bikes demise is that it was an orphan from the beginning. Harleys target market, (38-60 year old Billy-Bad-Ass wannabees), hated Buells with a passion. The dealers hated them and despised the owners. Buells were the butt of everyones joke. The ones that you could afford you didn't want. The 'Blast' was said to have actually been named the 'Be Last' because the damn things were so slow. The ironic thing to me is that Harley made a name for itself by making performance machines. Now they can't sell them, (and don't give me that tired old lie about the v-rod. The V-rod is the only motorcycle to have ever been recalled due to lack of power. Harley lied about the v-rod because they were embarrassed and got caught. If you want a fast V-rod buy a Yamaha Warrior). Frankly I have no need for a $18k 700lb 60hp bike that wont stop or turn and looks like it came straight out of the 50's.
TAS -I think H-D is making a big mistake stopping the Buell line.  December 22, 2009 02:47 PM
Erik Buell should start his own company maintaining the Buell motocycle name. The models he made were well engineered and easy to maintain.
Ryder -DAMN YOU HARLEY!!!  December 21, 2009 08:17 PM
R.I.P. Buell. Actually don't! I'd love to see you come back, this time building "no-excuses" motorcycles. I find it inronic that the very thing that allowed Eric Buell to expand his operations may be what killed his dream, his association with The Motor Company. The XB series was groundbreaking save for that sportster motor. Perhaps Buell's true genius was taming that beast of an engine, and getting it to produce levels of power unheard of in 1957. While in cruiser form the Evo is acceptable, as a sportbike mill there's just too many compromises. The Helicon was 7-8 years too late. It's the motor the XB series should have come with. A $7000 650-750cc SV650/Ninja 650 challenger would have brought new blood to the brand. Just too big a gap between the lowly Blast and the XB9 City...anyhow I digress...one of America's true innovators has been dealt a terrible setback. Lets hope Eric Buell finds a way to rise again.

Tim B -RIP H-D  December 20, 2009 01:44 AM
I agree. The end of Buell is a sure sign of the downfall of Harley. Harley execs are idiots. They didn't prepare for the economic bust we are experiencing. This was a surprise to nobody yet Harley is still overstocked and undersold. Dealerships have more unsold Harleys than ever.

And Buell was helping to attract the younger crowd to the H-D brand. Now that H-D closed Buell the Sporster will remain as the only entry level Harley bike. And most younger people don't want cruisers so when the aging Harley customer base gets too old to ride who is going to buy the bikes?
TJB -Last Buell heads to Barber Museum  December 19, 2009 09:14 PM
Soon to be followed by the last Softail, the last Road King, the last Sporty... Are you getting the picture HD? Your time is just about up.
JM -And you can imagine what they are thinking...  December 18, 2009 04:39 PM
God that thing is ugly...
irksome -a sad day  December 18, 2009 02:47 PM
Let's all mourn the passing of the last Great American Motorcycle Company. Harley is a marketing firm.