[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones on the 50-year journey of Buell Motorcycle Company (1983)


(worldkings.org) Buell Motorcycle Company is best known for its connection with Harley-Davidson. The company’s story spans nearly four decades. During that time, Buell became a household name and worked its way into the very heart of the motorcycle industry. It’s a company that made enough of an impact on the world to deserve a good long look, and that’s what I plan to do.

Buell Motorcycles is an American motorcycle manufacturer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. It was founded in 1983 by ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell. Harley-Davidson acquired 49 percent of Buell in 1993, and Buell became a wholly owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson by 2003.



In February 2021, Buell Motorcycles announced they are back in production under the new ownership of Erik Buell Racing (EBR). Buell announced they will use the superbike platforms developed from 2011 to 2020 to build out their model line up to approximately ten models in 2024. The models will include variations for touring, dirt, adventure, and cruisers.

The company’s milestones: 

1983 - Buell Motorcycles was founded.

1984- The first Buell Motorcycle was built. With the help of Erik, Buell created the RW750, a full-fledged grand prix motorcycle for racing only in the AMA Formula 1 race class.



1987- Rockville, MD became the worlds first Buell dealership.

1993 - Harley-Davidson bought 49 percent of the company and continued to expand the brand within its own business.

1994 - Buell created the Buell Riders Adventure Group (BRAG) which hosted events around the country.

1998 - After 20,000+ motorcycles had been manufactured since the start of Buell®, Erik Buell sold Harley-Davidson 49% of Buell® motorcycles.



2002- The XBR9 Firebolt was manufactured. It was the first bike with aluminum beam fuel in frame chassis, and perimeter brake rotor.

2007 - The 1125R was manufactured with a new V-Twin motor with liquid cooling, DOHC, and fuel injection.

2009 - Buell won their first championship at AMA Daytona Sportbike class with rider Danny Eslick.

2010 - Erik Buell Racing was formed, first supplying race parts for Buell® motorcycles, then in 2011 into production with the 1190RS, a  factory super premium street/race-bike.



2017- The 2017 model Black Lightning is created and released under limited production.

2020 - Buell develops their first dirt bike in collaboration with the Cipala race team and wins the AMA Hillclimb National Championship.

2022- Buell launches the new Buell Hammerhead, the fastest production sport bike built in the USA.

2023 - Buell announces development the Super Cruiser, a collaboration with renowned designer Roland Sands.

According to en.wikipedia; buellmotorcycle.com. Source of photos: internet

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