Living Life at a Buck Sixty at Road America
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Shredding pavement at Road America aboard a 2009 Buell 1125R motorcycle.
There’s something thrilling about motoring down Road America’s 4-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Fifth gear pinned with the speedometer reading almost 160 miles per hour not once, not twice, but three separate times.
It’s relaxing, well sort of. It shuts off all those rampant thoughts in your mind: Did I pay rent? Is the dog fed? Is my underwear clean? All of those thoughts evaporate from your brain and are replaced by a heightened sense of awareness. You seem more acute to every action the bike has. The exhilarating sound of the motorcycle’s engine, the feel of the rear tire squirming as you begin your journey down the next straightaway, and the way bike buffets when you’re at top speed. It’s something every motorcyclist should experience.
invited Motorcycle-USA out to its home in East Troy, Wisconsin for an inside look on its engineering and manufacturing operations plus a bit of seat time around one of the many racetracks that its bikes were designed on: Road America. And we’ve got to hand it to the folks at Buell. Not only is its 1125R
a blast around Road-A, at their factory we witnessed some fascinating new technology that enables you to understand how the 1125R came to fruition and how they’re planning on creating future models. Without a doubt this small American motorcycle manufacturer has some exciting new models and technology in the pipeline. Stay tuned.
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