Buell Motorcycles

Buell Motorcycles was founded by ex-Harley Davidson engineer Eric Buell in Wisconsin, USA in 1983. They produced sportbikes that were initially powered by Harley Davidson v-twin engines. Later when Harley-Davidson sold their interest in the brand the US v-twins were replaced with Austrian made Rotax engines. Buell motorcycles are attributed with developing several innovations in motorcycle design including the perimeter floating disc brake, a fuel in frame chassis, storing oil in the swingarm and computer controlled exhaust routing for maximized torque. Their design philosophy was to create motorcycles that focused on superior handling, comfort, ease of maintenance and 'real-world performance'.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

2017 was a great year. The custom motorcycle scene has continued to produce some truly incredible builds and we were honoured to feature many of them here on Return of the Cafe Racers. So this year we’ve pulled together this Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017 list. Top 10 lists have never…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Godless – Ask Motorcycles Buell XB

Godless – Ask Motorcycles Buell XB

This story first appeared in Tank Moto issue 12. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a build by Japan’s Ask Motorcycles. After meeting workshop owner Rad Yamamoto at the Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Show in 2012 we struck up a friendship. Then in 2014, I arranged to have his beautiful ’61…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Beastly Buell – Greaser Garage XB12SS

Beastly Buell – Greaser Garage XB12SS

The Buell XB platform is an unlikely hero for the cafe set – A torquey, Harley-powered, space-framed sportsbike from the now twice defunct Buell nameplate. But the XB has provided the basis for some of the most distinctive customs we’ve seen in recent times. From the sharp futuristic lines of the Magpul…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - American Cafe Racer – Buell XBR12R Custom

American Cafe Racer – Buell XBR12R Custom

There seems to be a revolution occurring in café racer enthusiast circles. Rather than opting for your typical go-to platforms like Triumph’s Bonneville or Honda’s CB series, more and more builders are thinking outside the box. “I like to consider myself a normal motorcycle enthusiast.” Miguel Padilla tells us. “Last year in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - IncrediBuell M2 Cafe Racer

IncrediBuell M2 Cafe Racer

The story of Buell Motorcycles doesn’t have a happy ending. When Eric Buell started the company his vision for creating racing and sports bike pedigree, v-twin powered motorcycles was a revelation and it wasn’t long before Harley Davidson sat up and took notice, purchasing a controlling share of the company in 2003.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - How to kill a cat at Glemseck 101

How to kill a cat at Glemseck 101

There’s an intriguing rivalry about to take place at Glemseck 101 on September 6. Thanks to its success in previous years the Lucky Cat Garage​ Sprintbeemer has become the bike to beat during the events 1/8th mile sprint races. Séb Lorentz of Lucky Cat Garage has remained unbeaten since his bike first…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Plan B Buell Cherry Salt

Plan B Buell Cherry Salt

The 2015 Glemseck 101 is coming! As with previous years the event, which has been hailed as one of the biggest custom and classic motorcycle gatherings in Europe, is taking place on September 4th, 5th and 6th in Leonberg, Germany and it’s going to be huge. This years 1/8th mile ‘Sprint’ race…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell Lightning X1 Bully

Buell Lightning X1 Bully

For an employer there’s nothing better than hiring a kick arse staff member. I’m sure that over at the Venice Beach chapter of Deus Ex Machina they couldn’t be any happier with their motorcycle design director Michael Woolaway (aka Woolie). Since he came onboard Wollie has produced a stunning portfolio of customs for…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell Norton Manx Neoretro

Buell Norton Manx Neoretro

When Frenchman Sebastien Beaupere wanted pay hommage to Norton’s legendary Manx he was always going to have his work cut out for him. Norton’s Manx is recognised as one of the most influential British racing bikes ever made and as most would agree, could never be recreated using anything but original Norton…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell 1125R Magpul Ronin

Buell 1125R Magpul Ronin

This week is gearing up to be a pretty diverse mix of custom motorcycles and Cafe Racers. To follow up Shaun Wainfords incredible Yamaha MT-01 Barbarian and Medusa’s Thruxton Cafe Racer we have an equally “out of this world” custom build by Magpul Industries, a company whose roots lay in the development of accessories for firearms.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell XB9S Glory Cafe Racer

Buell XB9S Glory Cafe Racer

Some new photos of an old favorite, the Buell XB9S based Glory from Hide Motorcycles Japan. “The 3 month build included the application of a custom tank, custom frame, oil tanks, bars, rims, exhaust and fairings. In their own words “This is most our super custom machine. Like a old racers and…

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