The overall 2009 Buell line-up consists of six models in three distinct lines: street, adventure and sportbike. Models vary by engine configuration and design intent but continue the melting pot culture that has grown to exemplify the “American” ideal.
Buell intended the day to be a focused moment on braking, cornering and acceleration as well as how the mapping updates performed on the Helicon engine.
The technical 1.67 mile track is more like the streets of willow than the big one over here in California –perfect for the steep-rake XB-like 1125CR. It doesn’t take anyone long to notice the CR hasn’t much in the way of air flow management, favoring a minimal windscreen similar to the XB model line. Without the big bubble to push away the high-speed atmosphere, head shakes are eminent and achievable above the tonnage mark indicated on the digital speedo. The “quiet zone” as Buell calls the space behind the fairing of the 1125R is now gone, leaving you more exposed to the elements. This is where fashion wins over function – your inner hooligan can’t hide from the aero forces on the CR. It’s built for fun, not racing. Big speed however doesn’t completely ruin the fun.