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I think I know what I want

2009 Buell 1125R Arctic White

2009 Buell 1125R, Arctic White

I’ve pretty much decided what bike I want for a used 2nd bike. That’s it right over there on the left.

I want the 2009 Buell 1125R, in Arctic White, with the blue screen and wheels. I don’t want the 2010, with ugly “R” on the intake cowlings and the blue stuff blackened.

I want that bike in that color.

I’ve ridden it, and it has fantastic handling.  You’d think the steep rake would make it twitchy, but it isn’t.

It’s a vibey, growly twin that weighs 450lbs wet, and, in stock configuration, puts 130 HP and about 75 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel, according to Sport Rider. It’d be a big change from my FJR, that’s for sure.

It also has really comfy ergos for me–in sportbike terms, at any rate, and would be great little commuter, especially on the winding roads through Bonsall that I ride twice a day.

The only possible problem I can see is that, looking at Cycle Trader today, there is exactly one available.  In the entire US. And it’s 3,000 miles away in Florida. So, there is the slight possibility that finding exactly this bike, in decent shape, may have some degree of difficulty attached to it. But I remain stupidly optimistic that this obstacle can be overcome.

At the moment, it’s not really an obstacle at all, since I wouldn’t be able to buy so much as a creme-filled donught until I pay of my income tax bill for this year. But, perhaps in late summer…

By the way, I’ve been perusing Craigslist, Oodle, and Cycle Trader a lot over the past week or so.  Here’s an observation for prospective motorcycle sellers. Just because you had a custom paint job consisting of electric blue and gold skulls and half-naked ladies on the fairing, and then chromed the swingarm and all exposed engine parts doesn’t mean that your seven year old CBR1000RR is worth $8,000. Seriously. Trust me on that.

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3 Responses to I think I know what I want

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  • I’d agree that this is a GREAT choice for a 2nd bike, however, I’m dissuaded by parts availability or lack thereof.   I hear people often saying there’s no problem whatsoever, but being closely involved with a Buell Rider’s group, I find it is a HUGE problem!

    Sure, to date, everyone’s been able to get their requisite replacement parts, but some of them have had to wait for MONTHS!!! 

    For me, if a bike is going to be down for a few months, I see little reason to keep it.  I’m a rider, not a collector, so Buells are no longer an option for me.  🙁

  • I have a 09 white 1125R I have been thinking of selling. I have too many Buells as is, and my wife does not like it. Its a great bike, best I have ridden. Frame signed by Erik Buell, 6300 miles never been down, fresh oil/filter/tires, FMF carbon exhaust, carbon swingarm protectors, axle sliders, professionally tuned ECM, GP shift kit and all stock parts. Warranty good till OCT2011. Nashville, TN. Can deliver anywhere for some extra $. mbarkerng at gmaildot com.