All that stuff yet still retains the belt drive? WTF, over? Nonetheless, a true American sport bike is in the making!!! Finally Buell gets an engine that it deserves. Check out the Cycle World site for pictures. Hmmm...I wonder how many people are going to start complaining about its looks? -------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.cycleworld.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=398 Youve read the rumors, now see the video. Buell will pull the wraps off a new and much more serious sportbike, the 1125R, at its international dealer show Sunday, July 8th, but the wonders of the web have delivered this Buell-produced video of the bike in action a day early, courtesy of our news-sniffing mates at Englands Motor Cycle News. A clever ploy to turn up the volume on the bikes viral buzz? A slip by the MCN tech in charge of video flight time? Who knows? Heres what we do know from viewing the video. Rumors have pegged the motor as Rotax-built, and the tape does nothing to disprove that. Powerplant is listed as a 72-degree V-Twin displacing 1125cc with a six-speed gearbox. Its obviously liquid-cooled, a first for a Buell. Horsepower is claimed as 146 bhp; thats undoubtedly at the crank, so expect 125-130 at the rear wheel, more than enough to vault the 1125R into a whole new performance league. The addition of a slipper clutch underscores the new bikes seriousness. Current XB12R Firebolt. Against long odds, Erik Buell & Co. had taken an air-cooled Sportster motor all the way from the Eisenhower days to the high banks of Daytona. The 1125 delineates a new era for Buell. Though the footage is dark and shadowy, the familiar XB-series look is carried over. The bike appears to have a main half-fairing and a smaller shroud for the signature under-engine muffler (why change now, when the rest of the sportbike world seems to be adopting Buells muffler placement). Wheelbase is 54.5 inches, up 2.5 from the current XB12R. Were told the gas-in-frame configuration is still used, though capacity has grown to 5.6 gallons. Likewise, theres the next-generation of Buells rim front brake. So, what weve got here is a new Super Buell, true to the brands iconoclastic nature, but taken to the next level by a motor that doesnt have its design roots anchored in 1957. Looks like Ducati and Aprilia will have a new sport-Twin to worry about in 2008. Tune in to www.cycleworld.com later for Tech Editor Kevin Camerons overview and an 1125R photo galley.