New 2009 Liquid-Cooled 1125CR Buell. Café Racer Inspired.

For 2009, Buell launches a new model featuring a modern interpretation of “café racer” styling and the power of the Buell Helicon 1125 liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. The 1125CR intent is to bring superbike performance to the street fighter category, This new model one of nine 2009 Buell Sportbike, Street fighter, Adventure Sportbike and Blast models. “Part superbike and part street fighter, the 1125CR is my vision of a 21st century café racer,” said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. “ The bike take some styling cues from the past with Clubman-style bars, a tail cowl and a flyscreen instead of a fairing. Engine is 146-hp, liquid-cooled Buell Helicon 1125 V-Twin engine. Final-drive gearing is lowered about eight percent from the 1125R to optimize acceleration. Production of this model is scheduled to begin next month.

17 Responses to “New 2009 Liquid-Cooled 1125CR Buell. Café Racer Inspired.”

  1. 1 bob Jul 25th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Bike looks really good, but those scoops on the side gotta go. Maybe a little smaller or something. The performance of the 1125 is great, but those scoops…..

  2. 2 Big Joe Jul 25th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Has anyone seen a photo of the other side? Curious if the radiator and shroud is just on one side or if that is on both sides.


  3. 3 Donny Jul 25th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I think it looks good and may attract youngsters with a little bit of money from parents or 1st job.

  4. 4 Patrick Semmer Jul 25th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    It has to be all black. The only color.

  5. 5 Nicker Jul 25th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Looks fine, except ….. there has to be a better radiator solution.


  6. 6 rodent Jul 26th, 2008 at 8:59 am


  7. 7 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycles Jul 26th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    The scoops are on both sides going off memory. I met Eric Buell a few months back at an open house at the local Dealership and we spoke for quite some time. He is an extremely passionate guy about his product and he’s one of the most enthusiastic guys within this industry I have ever met. I’ll never forget my time with the guy and I can only wish him every bit of success.

  8. 8 RoadRat537 Jul 26th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I like the look, but I agree it should be all black and the scoops would be better smaller.

    The question I’d like to know the answer to is will Haley’s merger with Agusta make a difference in the performance of future Buell bikes? I read over at Sam Kanish’s IWblogger ( about the new deal that went through a couple of weeks ago and I think it will be good for the Motor Company–but will it be good for the Buell riders?

  9. 9 Brian Jul 26th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    All black, all red, all blue, all something, but definitely not two toned like it is.

  10. 10 RoadRat537 Jul 26th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    You would think that Harley would know that and use a better looking paint job in their release.

  11. 11 Gar Jul 27th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Looks great …. for a crotch rocket wan-o-be. I agree with Rodent UGH!

  12. 12 Gunrunner Jul 29th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    They should transverse the scoops into more of a fairing style, and I agree with Brian, monochromatic colors would help the looks out.

    If it going to be a specialized Buell – then make it special with a polished frame & swing-arm, and a full stainless exhaust. How cool would that be?

  13. 13 A.customfighterer Jul 30th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    firstly the big scoops on the side are Ram Air….air goes into the airbox, and pressurizes the system at around 80 mph if I remember correctly. Its a liquid cooled bike…radiator.

    the bike really does look nice IMO, but i totally agree that the scoops are WAAAAAAAAY to big and need to be blended more into the look of the fairing.

    exhaust…meh. needs something aftermarket. that setup is ugly.

    a polished edition???? sounds like you must ride a harley. If theyre aiming this bike at the streetfighters it should be blacked out. not all flashy and begging for attention.

    From what i understand the first version (faired) is supposed to be a well powered and fun bike to ride. . . I would definately give this one a shot, esp since im into the streetfighter look….

    but i’d have to try my hand at making some custom intake scoops.

  14. 14 RIckieTwin Jul 31st, 2008 at 4:20 pm


    The scoops protect and direct cool air to the radiators.

    The air intake is right under the light assembly.

    This bike is all I need.

    Different, nimble, the right amount of power/torque and not too expensive.

  15. 15 Titus Aug 1st, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Ugly, just ugly…
    My question is: why so ugly? They have money, they have the means, they had the ideas (once). The motorcycles MUST be beautiful (don’t care how you could put the beauty in a bike, but make it beautiful, see the lesson of the Wraith, or of the previous Buells too…) or nothing…

  16. 16 Memin Apr 25th, 2009 at 7:20 am

    To see this bike in person, is another dimension. It will impress anyone. In picture and in person, 2 dierent thing. Good job.

  17. 17 craig Oct 21st, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I just bought one and they are about as much bike as any sane rider would want to ride daily. Its bred to be fast and doesnt like parking lots. Handels great and has good fuel capacity. If your in the market get off your ass and get one because the recent news of buells temporary closure has caused a good bike to be sold for a price that even i can afford

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