Buell Motorbike is making a flip away from its sportbike heritage with its upcoming Buell Tremendous Cruiser, a club-style hot-rod cruiser designed by Roland Sands and that leans on the heritage of Harley-Davidson’s vaunted FXR chassis initially created by Erik Buell. The bike was unveiled Feb. 10 at an excusive celebration on the Roland Sands Design advanced in Lengthy Seaside, California, attended by Kevin Duke, the editor-in-chief of our sibling publication, American Rider.
The Tremendous Cruiser idea started with a dialog between Buell’s CEO Invoice Melvin and famous customizer Roland Sands. It solely took seeing a sketch from Sands for Melvin to approve the idea and greenlight a prototype constructed round Buell’s current sportbike powertrain.
“The FXR was our muse for this bike,” Sands instructed Duke. “To the core V-Twin buyer, the FXR actually represents the core of motorcycling, and that was an aesthetic we borrowed for this bike. It’s honoring the truth that Erik Buell was concerned in designing that bike (the FXR), and that offers us the leeway to construct this with Buell.”
Sands roared the Tremendous Cruiser in entrance of the attendees on the unveiling, brapping Buell’s 175-hp V-Twin in celebration.
“When Invoice first approached us about constructing a high-performance cruiser utilizing the Buell motor, it was as if the bike designed itself,” mentioned Sands, who is not any stranger to constructing sport-focused cruisers. “Contemplating the historical past of Buell and the market’s want for a very high-performance cruiser and the construct high quality of the present Buell chassis components, motor, and rolling package, the venture was a pure match.”
“I’ve been engaged on tasks like this for 20-plus years,” Sands continued, “and that is the primary time we’ve been in a position to construct a efficiency cruiser with out the standard V-Twin efficiency compromises of weight and motor width and size.”
Though the Tremendous Cruiser is simply in its developmental stage, Buell reps are excited to carry it to manufacturing for 2025.
“The design lends itself to the West Coast scene, the place customization is a part of bike tradition,” mentioned Melvin. “And Roland was smitten by incorporating Buell expertise into that tradition, creating the quickest, coolest cruiser in the marketplace.”
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The Tremendous Cruiser makes use of a brand new steel-tube body wrapped round Buell’s liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, including as much as 175 hp in a bundle weighing simply 450 lb.
Mixed with Buell’s current inverted fork, aluminum swingarm, wheels, and the corporate’s distinctive perimeter entrance brake system, the result’s a machine that Sands mentioned is unapologetic in its aspirations to be a high-performance bike.
“To me, that is what’s badass proper now – this profile, this fashion of motorbike,” he instructed Duke. “It stops, it goes, it wheelies, it goes round corners very well, it’s snug, and it’s a gasoline. You simply leap on the bike and instantly really feel more durable – it’s pure perspective. Once you sit on the bike, it makes you are feeling like a badass, and meaning one thing.”
Melvin chimed in that constructing a cruiser was one thing Buell all the time contemplated. “The market is stuffed with American producers recognized largely for giant, heavy bikes – not quick, scorching ones just like the well-known V-Twins of the Nineteen Thirties. Our Buell Tremendous Cruiser would be the hottest bike in the marketplace. Interval.”
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