It was October 15, 2009. Harley-Davidson announced that Buell motorcycles were immediately discontinued. In a press conference the same day, a very emotional Erik Buell confirmed the news. Immediately, in the same city of East Troy, WI Erik founded Erik Buell Racing, a company not affiliated in any way with Buell® or Harley-Davidson, to produce only racing sport bikes and provide technical assistance to the teams.
Erik Buell was prevented by contract with Harley-Davidson to build any street bikes during a period of one year after the breakup. In exchange he kept many of the rights to the Buell machines that had been in production when Harley closed down the original Buell company.
And now, because the non competition contract has expired, Erik Buell just hinted that he will launch his first street bike at the end of the year. No details were disclosed but it’s easy to imagine that it will probably be a road version of the 1190RR that Erik Buell Racing has been developing as a race bike. Don’t expect a mass production of this model. Erik Buell doesn’t have the necessary financial resources, facility and manpower, except if this pre-announcement has for objective to find investors. Since his first bike bearing his name, a 1983 RW 750, Erik Buell is well known for his passion, unconventional attitude and ability to resolve financial issues to pursue his dream. So, who knows. To follow…Erik Buell Racing. (archive picture)