When the reconstituted Buell Motorcycle Company advised us again in 2021 that it might be launching 10 new fashions by 2024, we had been curious to see which designs would come down the pipeline first. The Hammerhead 1190RX and SX avenue fashions had been confirmed on the time—no shock there—as was a touring bike and a hill-climber, however now the model has simply revealed it’s teaming up with Roland Sands to develop a cruiser. Yep, you heard that proper.
Buell’s newest mannequin can be a high-performance streetbike known as the Buell Tremendous Cruiser, and it’s being designed and in-built collaboration with Roland Sands Design. In actual fact, Sands himself revealed the bodily proof-of-concept machine at his RSD warehouse late final week to an assorted press corps. The bike is being billed as “450 lbs of supersport energy [merged] with easygoing ergonomics for an iconic throwback to stylin’ Sunday afternoons.”
There have been just a few numbers thrown out within the launch, however as a result of this can be a idea bike, a lot of the specifics are imprecise. We do know that Sands was tasked with “utilizing as a lot of the usual Buell rolling package” on the design, in accordance with each Sands and Buell Motorbike CEO Invoice Melvin. Meaning every thing from the fork to the light-weight 17-inch alloy wheels (with signature perimeter braking system up entrance) right down to the grasp cylinders and change gear discovered its manner onto the Tremendous Cruiser idea; after all, you even have that 175 hp, 1,190cc liquid-cooled Buell V-twin (an evolution of the Rotax Helicon mill) shoehorned into Sands’ one-off metal tube body and taking heart stage.
Given the Tremendous Cruiser’s claimed 450-pound weight and prodigious energy, Sands needed to engineer his chassis design to work with the swingarm, fork, unique wheels, and brake system. “Floor clearance, bar place, and comfy seating and foot positions are key to getting the cruiser look with sportbike dealing with,” Sands stated.
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If a number of the different particulars are intentionally fuzzy, what’s not up for debate is the bike’s styling and inspiration; from the tank to the mini fairing to the tall bars, the silhouette screams Harley-Davidson FXR, and Sands, for his half, makes no bones about that. He stated, “I used to be deeply impressed by Harley’s FXR…and the dealing with of it. Erik Buell was concerned with…getting the FXR to be what it was. Which turned it into…probably one of many best-handling Harley-Davidsons that’s ever been constructed (from a cruiser perspective). We needed to make the most of that heritage and reference to Buell.
“I’ve been engaged on tasks like this for 20-plus years, and that is the primary time we’ve been capable of construct a efficiency cruiser with out the standard V-twin efficiency compromises of weight and motor width and size,” Sands stated.
“When Invoice first approached us about constructing a cruiser utilizing the Buell motor, it was as if the bike designed itself. Contemplating the historical past of Buell and the market’s want for a really high-performance cruiser, the undertaking was a pure match. It’s a superbike-power high-performance membership bike.”
For its half, Buell is relying on the Tremendous Cruiser to draw a youthful crowd to its merchandise as properly. The discharge acknowledged, “Buell is Again and constructing greater than sportbikes. Out of the gate, this cruiser will lead efficiency within the class. It’s gentle, nimble, and excessive torque, incorporating all the details that join the rider to the bottom, and it’s cracking open one other a part of the market—a youthful crowd craving velocity and efficiency in a cruiser.”
No pricing has but been introduced for the Tremendous Cruiser, however we’d anticipate it to be someplace properly north of $20,000; extra particulars and preorder data could be discovered on buellmotorcycle.com for now. The brand new cruiser will be a part of the already-announced sport, bare, touring, and racing fashions within the Buell lineup, and we’re curious to see what different new designs the corporate will provide you with over the following two years.