The fact that on October 30, 2009 the Buell Motorcycle Company closed its doors – bringing an end to a 26-year run – didn’t change the love story that many riders and builders continue to have with the brand. An affection reenforced by the successful launch in November 2009 of Erik Buell Racing, an independent company run by Erik Buell which at first produced race-only versions of the 1125R model, but which is currently offering an updated 1190RS model for the street or the track. At time of closing in 2009, the total number of manufactured Buell was exactly 136,923 with Harley-Davidson continued commitment to supply replacement parts and services at over 250 ex-Buell location. Reason why those owning, buying or customizing a Buell still feel very confident with their brand choice.
All around the world, the Buell engine has been used in many custom applications of all styles. But as far as I know, never before mixed with Ducati parts like a sub frame. A marriage resulting in a very respectable performance motorcycle, not destined to race on the track, but producing an excellent street racer at a reasonable price. While Ducati is still pursuing the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” business model, this Bucati motto could simply be “Easy street race from Monday to Sunday”
The Bucati uses most mechanical elements from a 1998 Buell S1 Lightning, a more fundamental sport bike than the S3 Thunderbolt and M2 Cyclone that it was marketed alongside. Sub frame and tail were borrowed from a 1998 Ducati Frame work consisted in installing a brand new swingarm (with a rear set by Chainsickle), in removing and relocating the battery box/oil tank on the bike left side. Complete wiring and fuel injection were removed. A CR 38 mm carburetor is now installed on the Buell engine. Controls by Beringer. Very little welding and molding, mix of flat and glossy black paint by Craig. All work performed by Mike Lima and Alain Bernard at Santiago Chopper (photography copyright Erik Runyon at Choppershotz courtesy to Cyril Huze)